{Tutorial Tuesday} Slouchy Pumpkins

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Last year, my cousin made a bunch of these pumpkins to sell in our boutique sale and everyone loved them…including me!  So, I had to make some of my own and I am calling them slouchy pumpkins.
Pick up some crushed panne velvet in various colors.  For now, I only have orange and white but any fall colors would look great.
Cut out a circle of whatever size you desire.  This one is about 16 inches in diameter.  It doesn’t need to be a perfect circle just a loose circle shape.
Sew along the outer edge of the circle with a largest stitch length, leaving long tails so you can gather.
Gather up the outer edge as much as you can and tie the threads.  Fill the pumpkin with the desired amount of rice.  I like mine to be fairly slouchy!  I made a paper funnel to help get the rice in.  I have occasionally added some scented oil to the rice to make spiced slouchy pumpkins.
Hand sew the opening closed.
This will help keep the rice in and make a good place to attach the stem.
Hot glue a real pumpkin stem on the top.  Make sure it is glued on really well.  Add more glue to any tips that are loose.  I went to the grocery store and looked around the pumpkins to find stems that had fallen off.  Then, I went inside and asked if I could buy the stems.  They looked at me a little strange but oh well.  I also saved the pumpkin stems from my kids pumpkins when they were done with them.
It is really fun to make these slouchy pumpkins in various sizes from big to tiny!  Do not carry them by the stems or they may come off!

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  1. I’m not sure I’d have the patience to pull this one off myself (I hate sewing AND hot glue) but they look super cute.

  2. So festive!! I am so excited to see all the fun fall projects you come up with!..but no pressure ;)

  3. So cute! What a great idea! These could be made all sizes. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. What a great idea Tonia. I love that colour orange. (That’s another time of the year we don’t celebrate and that’s Thanksgiving.) I’d love to though. All these beautiful fall crafts.

    Anne @ Domesblissity xx

  5. SO clever! I just love pumpkins! Just bought 2 little pie ones cuz they are so darn cute!

  6. This is just sew creative!!

  7. I just wanted to let you know I will be featuring you later on today at Blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com

  8. Oh my gosh those are sooooo cute! And I love that they last more than just a month…and don’t start rotting! That’s a great idea!

  9. LOVE this! I adore all the projects you do on here. Always so inspiring! Thanks for adding Southern Lovely to you share list. :)

  10. thanks for linking to Take-a-Look Tuesday – you were featured today!! – Mandy, http://www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

  11. I love this! I am your newest follow via Crystal & Co Mommy Tutorial. So elegant! Please follow back at http://aspiringnewmoms.blogspot.com

  12. These look amazing. I love the texture! I’m a new follower. I hope you’ll stop by!


  13. Fun idea, Tonia! The velvet is gorgeous! Do you have to worry about the stems rotting over time?

  14. Such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing the how-to with us!

  15. Such a fun idea! I love fall! If you get a chance, I’d love to have you link this up to my party at http://scrapbookingez.blogspot.com/2011/09/everyone-wins-giveaway-linky-party.html. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Great idea I love how they turned out!
    come link up tomorrow at scrappy saturdays!

  17. These are wonderful! Love the slouchiness and texture. Thanks for linking up at this week’s BFF Open House!

  18. Featuring YOU over on my blog today!

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts


  19. Darling craft…maybe I can put of a request for pumpkin stems from my parents for slouchy pumpkins for the kids at the end of the month! I could have a “scent bar” for the kids to choose from for their slouchy pumpkins!
    Great idea and sooo fun!

  20. Just wanted to let you know I featured this as part of my BFF Open House Wrap Up!Grab a featured button if you like!

  21. Very very cute! Love all the options with this easy project.

  22. These are adorable and I love the orange material! Thanks for linking up at DIY Thrifty Thursday. Your pumpkins have been featured this week. Hope to see you again soon! :)

  23. Thank you Tonia!

  24. Very cool! I love the idea and I am definitely going to try some slouchy pumpkins! Thanks for sharing!

  25. Very cool! I love the idea and I am definitely going to try some slouchy pumpkins! Thanks for sharing!

  26. So cute! It would be great to have you link this post to my weekly meme Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  27. Slouchie and velvet! Way cool!

    Visiting from MidWestern Sewing Girl’s linky party (Everything Halloween)

    ~Suzanne in NW Illinois

  28. Wonderful to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays. Hope you’ll be a part next Sunday too. the link opens at 7pm on Saturday night. I think you’ll see more traffic if you link earlier. Hope so!

    - The Tablescaper

  29. Good grief, these are cute! Your tutorial is awesome too! I might have to attempt this.

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