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Decorate Pumpkins with Sewing Supplies

No carving your pumpkins this year! Just dig through your sewing stash to make these scrappy pumpkins perfect for a fall table or outdoor setting.

Sewing Basket Pumpkin


Raid your sewing basket to create this cute pumpkin. Glue buttons to spools of thread for eyes, then mount the eyes on triangle-shape fabric scraps with pins. For the nose, glue a thimble to the top of a spool of thread in a second color; attach it to the pumpkin with a pin. A tape measure mouth finishes the look.

A Pumpkin with Character

Add a pop of personality to a carved pumpkin with a few simple accessories. Cut a mustache shape out of black felt, and use a hot glue gun to adhere it to the face. Dress up an old-fashioned hat by wrapping a measuring tape around the brim. Get creative! Create a whole clan of pumpkin friends with a few fabric shapes and store-bought accessories.  

Naturally Spooky Pumpkins

These pumpkins take your Halloween decorating for ho-hum to modern! Wrap foam balls with burlap. Wrap black or white ribbon and rickrack accents around the balls, and hold them in place with fabric glue or straight pins. Add a creepy crawler or two to complete the transformation. 

Sewing Basket Pumpkin


Raid your sewing basket to create this cute pumpkin. Glue buttons to spools of thread for eyes, then mount the eyes on triangle-shape fabric scraps with pins. For the nose, glue a thimble to the top of a spool of thread in a second color; attach it to the pumpkin with a pin. A tape measure mouth finishes the look.

Ribbon and Rickrack Pumpkin


For a quick and easy method, decorate your pumpkin with a mix of ribbon and rickrack pieces. Start at the top of the pumpkin near the stem, and hot-glue the trim along the pumpkin veins.

Buttoned Up Pumpkin


Give a pretty pumpkin a ghostly message with a few on-hand supplies. Paint the pumpkin stem using black crafts paint; let dry. Spell a spooky word with black buttons, adhering them to the pumpkin with glue. Tie black wire-edged ribbon into a bow around the pumpkin stem to finish.

Lacy Pumpkin


Drape a pumpkin with a piece of lace for a fancy and fashionable look. Use scissors to cut a small circle (the size of the stem) in the center of the lace piece. Lay the lace over the pumpkin,  sliding the stem through the circular opening. Gather the lace at the pumpkin bottom, trimming the excess if necessary. Secure the lace with running stitches in a wheel-spoke pattern.

Scrappy Pumpkin Head


Dress up a painted pumpkin with scraps from your sewing stash. To make the cone-shape hat, trace a circle (about the size of a salad plate) on felt. Cut out the circle, then cut it in half. Roll one half into a cone shape, and secure the edges with fabric glue. (Set the other half aside for another project.) Decorate the hat with assorted ribbon and trim. Cut out a variety of eye, nose, and mouth pieces from assorted felt and cardstock. Adhere the layers to one another with fabric glue. Add gems or pom-poms for pupils. Glue the face pieces to the pumpkin.

All Tied Up Pumpkin


Pin bands of ribbons in various prints to a pumpkin to quickly and easily add a surprising embellishment. Dot the pumpkin with whimsical daisies punched from paper and attached with decorative pins.

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