A friend of mine recently sent me a link to a lovely buffalo plaid pumpkin. The pumpkin was from a well-known retail website and sold for $29. We discussed how easy it would be to make something similar but at a much cheaper price. She suggested that it could even be reversible (original pumpkin was not) and I loved the idea. Well, y’all have surely already picked up on how much I love all things pumpkin, right? If not, let me just point out again that I LOVE pumpkins! So tonight, I went to work!
While the original pumpkin appeared to be sewn and made out of a more burlap type fabric, I opted to take the easy route and go no sew and use items that I already had on hand in my crafting stashes. Below is a full list of items I used to complete my pumpkin (I did not end up using the Spanish moss pictured but you could certainly add that if you wanted):
- Buffalo Plaid Material (Approximately 1 1/2 yards)
- Scrap Material for Eyes, Nose and Mouth
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue
- Burlap Leaf
I began by folding my buffalo plaid material in half and then in half again (this way I would end up with both sides for my pumpkin and they would be duplicate in size and shape). I used a highlighter to draw my half pumpkin shape. You could easily find a template online to use for this but I opted to freehand. Once I was happy with the shape, I followed the line to cut out my pumpkin.
I unfolded but left both pieces on top of each other and began gluing them together with my hot glue gun. I placed my glue about a fingernail length from the outer edge of my material. I continued with the glue leaving an opening at the top big enough to fit my hand. I then stuffed it full of the poly-fil. Once I was happy with the fluffiness, I used jute to tie the opening closed and to begin creating my stem. I wrapped the remaining material about halfway up and glued the jute in place.
Once I had everything glued and tied up, I began snipping the material around the edges to give it a raggy look. I was careful not to cut into my glue line. After completing my rag slits, I used some scrap material to cut out eyes, nose and mouth for the jack-o-lantern side of pumpkin. I used my highlighter pen to draw these as well. Again, you could easily print a stencil from online if you don’t feel comfortable freehanding. I hot glued the face on and added a jute tie to the top to complete this side. Then, for the other side, I added a burlap leaf and jute tie as my final embellishments.
This DIY turned out ADORABLE and was SO FUN! I actually can’t wait to get to work on some similar pillows to add alongside this one. AND how easy was it to recreate something using items I had on hand but that still compared to those straight off of a high end website or store? All that was needed was a little resourcefulness and creative thinking! I hope you will gather up your items and try this at home! If you do, be sure to hop over to my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/gatherroundthetablewithang) and let me know! I’d love to see your pumpkin too!