How to make stuffed pumpkins

Today we'll be learning how to make cute and simple stuffed pumpkins that you can use to decorate for Halloween. We searched and searched the internet but we couldn't seem to find a set of directions we liked, but we found a bunch of different ways of doing it so we took a little from this one and a little from that one and came up with our own way of doing it! 

First thing is first- We need to cut out a pattern. I decided to cut down and use a piece of paper 8" x 10". I marked a line on the paper at a 45 degree and angle so I could cut out two pieces of fabric on the bias. The bias is kind of important. It really allows the pumpkin to take its shape and look oh so darn cute. 

Now it's time to sew the two short sides. I used the edge on presser foot as a guide: 

Now the fun part- GATHERING! A lot of people hate gathering fabric, it can be tedious and it can be frustrating. The awesome part of this project is that it doesn't need to be perfect. You don't need to spend hours gathering and matching. I like to use the technique where you sew over a heavy upholstery thread. To make the pumpkin we will need to gather both the top and the bottom. First we will gather the bottom of the pumpkin and we will be sewing the heavy duty thread to the WRONG side of the fabric. I set up my machine for a looong, narrow zig zag stitch:

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I lined up the edge of the fabric with the edge of the presser foot and leaving a long tail of heavy duty thread I zig zag right over top of it: 

Once I gathered the bottom up tight, I tied the heavy thread in a knot and then sewed through the bulk on the bottom. This helps create a bit of a flat bottom so the pumpkin sits better. 

And now it's time to flip that pumpkin right side and sew the gathering stitches to the top of the pumpkin. However this time we'll be sewing that heavy duty thread to the RIGHT side of the fabric:

And now we stuff it! 

Look! It's a bowl of poly fil!! Nah... Now it's time to make it look like a cute pumpkin!

Once you gather up the thread on the top of the pumpkin, you tie that thread in a knot.

And now all we need is a stem!! I cut a piece of polyester felt approx. 1 1/2" x 8" long. Here is where I pulled out the glue gun for the first time in a long, long, time... .I started by running a bead of glue using the hot glue gun and then rolled it up, stopping every few inches to run another bead of glue to make sure that it holds tight... Check out the gallery below to see how it was done- 

Now it's time to attach that stem to that pumpkin. How do we do that? You guessed it.... GLUE! This is a decoration, not a gown for the queen so we're doing it the down and dirty, quick and easy way. Here we go! First thing is to almost fill the opening in the top of the pumpkin-

And now we just stick the stem in the top and voila! You have an easy stuffed pumpkin!