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Scrap Lab Table Runner and Pumpkins

Stitch a fall theme table runner and trio of stuffed pumpkins that designers Camille Roskelly of Thimble Blossoms and Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Co. created for a web-exclusive Scrap Lab challenge. Fabrics are from the Pumpkin Patch Plaids collection by Renée Nanneman of Need'l Love Co. for Andover Fabrics.

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Assemble Pumpkin Bodies



1. Sew together eight gold plaid A pieces in a row along curved edges (Diagram 1). Backstitch at beginning and end of seams. Finger-press seams in one direction.


2. With right side inside, sew together remaining curved ends of pumpkin Step 1 unit, leaving top open for stuffing, to make a flattened ball (Diagram 2).

3. Turn right side out. Stuff firmly with fiberfill.

4. Using heavy-duty thread and a running stitch, hand-sew a scant 1/4" from unfinished edge of opening (Diagram 3).

To make a running stitch, pull needle up at A and insert it back into fabric at B (Running Stitch Diagram). Pull needle up at C and insert it back into fabric at D. Continue in same manner, loading several stitches on needle at a time.

5. Pull up gathers as tight as possible. The gathered opening at top should be about 3/4"-diameter. Double-knot thread at the end to secure gathers and complete pumpkin body.

6. Repeat steps 1–5 using solid cream A pieces.

7. Repeat steps 1–5 using orange plaid A pieces.