DIY Velvet Pumpkins and Stuffed Pumpkins
Last year was the first time I saw velvet pumpkins and they are very beautiful. They are so pretty and pricey. I instantly knew they were different than other stuffed pumpkins and it took me a while to figure out why.
Velvet pumpkins, of course, are made using stretchy velvet and real stems, but they snuggle into the other decor differently as well. The biggest difference is the stuffing, instead of using polyfill stuffing, velvet pumpkins are filled with stuffing pellets. The pellets give them the weight they need to achieve that distinct look.
Velvet Pumpkin Supplies
Stretchy good quality velvet
Gold Metallic Paint
Hot glue, needle, and thread.
Cutting the Fabric
Cut the velvet twice as wide as it is tall. The fabric for these three pumpkins was cut 16 by 8 inches, 14 by 7inches, and12 by 6 inches.
(Note: If you willing to use more fabric, you can cut a circle of fabric, Then stitch along the outside edge of the circle, eliminating the bottom gathering and the seam. The seam doesn’t bother me and as I am always about cost I prefer to use less material, but I wanted to give you a choice. The rest of the tutorial is the same.)
Sewing the Pumpkin
Fold the fabric good side together, sew along one side with a sewing machine forming a tube. Turn it right side out.
With a needle and thread weave the needle through the bottom edge of the velvet, making the stitches about 1/4 inch. Pull tight to close the bottom opening and then sew closed.
Fill with the pellets no more than 2/3 full. Fold the top closure and sew together.
Once sewn twist the top into a swirl and then sew with a few stitches to hold the swirl in place.
Add the Pumpkin Stem
The pumpkin stems are spray painted gold. Let the stems dry.
Add the pumpkin stem using not glue, making sure to get glue along the edges of the stem and attach to the pumpkin hiding the gathering stitches.
There are two differences between how I make typical stuffed pumpkins and the velvet pumpkins. Typical stuffed pumpkins are filled with polyfill and have cording sewn and pulled through the centers to simulate the sections. I love the stuffed ones every bit as much but they don’t snuggle into vignettes the same way.
As they are stiffer they tend to lean onto the other decor then into the other decor. I hope the above picture illustrates what I am referring to.
The stuffed ones are much better for filling baskets or standing up individually. Here are some satin stuffed pumpkins with silver stems I made for last fall.
I am going to see what type of pellet stuffed pumpkins I can design using satin and velvet for Halloween. I think they will be quite beautiful in blacks, purples, and oranges.
Happy Pumpkin Season
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