Welcome to Week 1 of my pal Kim's Dare to DIY Blog Party. Each week she hosts a different DIY holiday challenge. This week is Dare to...be thankful, and create something crafty for Thanksgiving. Here's what I did last year.
So this year, you've met my new obsession, Terrain. It's the concept store birthed by Anthropologie that I want to move into. I went there a few weeks ago to see Eddie Ross and finally got back there this past week with my mom. I had spotted these gorgeous little velvet pumpkins but at 24 bucks a pop, there's no chance in h-e-double-hockey-stick that I would buy them. But I sure as heck could make em. On the cheap.
There are a lot of fabric pumpkin "tutorials" on the web but I didn't find any of them to be that great (unlike this one obviously ;) plus I don't have a sewing machine which seemed to be the main ingredient in all of them. So this here tutorial only involves a little bit of easy peasy hand-sewing.
I subbed crushed velvet for the real velvet because 1) Jo-Ann only had 4 ugly colors in velvet 2) regular velvet was a cringe-inducing $12.99 a yard. I scored the crushed velvet at 40% off plus I used an extra 20% coupon. I ended up buying 1/4 yard each of 3 colors for $5 total. Schweet.
So here's what you need:
Plus a few different size plates and or chargers for variety in your pumpkin girth. Oh and while we're forgetting to photograph things, grab your hot glue gun. You'll need it.
Use fishing line for it's strength, because later you're gonna be pulling on it pretty tight and thread may snap.
*Hanging my head in shame after seeing my terrible bitten nails on the big screen. Uggghh.*
And I'd get quite the whippin' if I didn't give all kinds of photog credit to my husband for those extreme close-ups. Thanks pup. Oh and in case you're wondering, these are super fast to make. I did them all early mornin' during baby cat naps. And I'm talking about the actual baby. Not a baby cat.
Oh and hey, don't forget about my CSN Stores Giveaway!