No-Sew Pumpkins

Tuesday is quickly becoming one of my favorite days of the week, thanks to our craft playdates with the M family.  Brandee and I have been friends for years, so it’s really fun to see our kids playing and crafting together and becoming friends themselves.
Our project for today was this adorable no-sew pumpkin.  I’ll give you three guesses where I saw the idea…
It originally comes from Happy Hour Projects, and there’s a complete, totally fantastic tutorial there with step by step photos.  I’ll show you what we did, but you should definitely go check hers out too.
No-Sew Fabric Pumpkins

Materials {per pumpkin}:
1 lb bag of beans or other stuffing
plastic wrap
18″ square of fabric
brown and green felt
brown yarn
hot glue gun and glue
rubber bands {or if you’re like us and forgot, you can use hair ties!}
STEP 1: Place beans on criss-crossed pieces of plastic wrap.  {Meanwhile, I love how Owen is wearing the gloves for his Mickey Mouse costume in the background…}
STEP 2: Gather plastic wrap to form pumpkin shape and secure with rubber band.
STEP 3: Grab fabric from the center and place rubber band around a small amount to create gathers.
STEP 4: With rubber band on the inside, place beans in center of fabric and gather fabric over top.  Secure with rubber bands.
STEP 5: Cut off excess ‘stem.’  This is easier said than done.  Believe me.  Happy Hour’s photos made this step look so simple, but we had a ridiculously hard time with it, probably because we used thick fabric.
STEP 6: Cut a brown leaf with a long, fat tail, and a green leaf from felt.  Wrap brown leaf over top of pumpkin stem and hot glue in place.
STEP 7: Glue green leaf in place.
STEP 8: Tie yarn under leaves and wrap up and down stem, tying it off below the leaves.
Ta-da!  And the best part?  They pass the ‘huggable’ test…

I wasn’t able to get photos of every step, so if you want to make your own, I really do recommend visiting the original tutorial because her instructions and photos are so clear.

My honest evaluation of this project is that it was cheap and relatively quick and easy…for an adult.
In my head, it was a great kid’s craft, but in reality all they got to do was dump the beans out and help gather the plastic wrap and fabric into a pumpkin shape.  We had a 2 year old, a 3 year old, and a 4 year old, and I think this was just a little beyond their ability…by the time we were done, they were just ready to play!
 But they did love the finished products and they’ll look so cute sitting around the house for fall!  I’m so tempted to make more with some other fun fabrics…
Speaking of fun fall crafts…don’t forget that week 1 of the Falling for Crafts Challenge is in full swing!
One Artsy Mama
The theme is Centerpieces, so show me what you’ve got!  Link up your post, or send me a photo via email or Facebook so I can see what you made!  We already have 14 great projects linked up and one on Facebook…is yours one of them?
Have a great day!
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8 comments on No-Sew Pumpkins

  1. Terry
    September 14, 2011 at 12:21 AM (4 years ago)

    Turned out so cute and hey, the huggable test is so important. :)

  2. Lorie
    September 15, 2011 at 7:10 PM (4 years ago)

    Those are really cute! And you could make an apple as a back to school teacher gift!

  3. Melanie @ bear rabbit bear
    September 16, 2011 at 5:36 PM (4 years ago)

    Love it! Thanks for linking up to Things I’ve Done Thursday!


  4. Aimee from Classified: Mom
    September 21, 2011 at 1:56 AM (4 years ago)

    I can’t believe you didn’t sew those! I love it and am going to make this soon- Thank you for sharing this on The Sunday Showcase.

  5. Joyce
    September 21, 2011 at 2:44 AM (4 years ago)

    Those are too cute! I wish I would have seen them earlier, before making our fall bucket list. We might can still do them though, they are too cute to pass over, but I officially have FAR too many wonderful ideas to choose from. I love dried beans. LOVE. And Pinterest. I found your post through the Sunday Showcase. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos
    September 23, 2011 at 6:50 PM (4 years ago)

    These adorable pumpkins are going to be featured tomorrow! Thanks for sharing this great Seasonal Inspiration!


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