No Sew Floral Fabric Pumpkins

I love a quick and easy no sew project. This little pumpkin takes no time at all and you can use whatever beautiful fabric you like. I personally love all things floral so I used every floral fabric in my stash. Let’s get started!

Here is what you will need:

  • Foam pumpkin (size of your choice)
  • Fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Raffia straw
  • Jewelry, flowers, charm or any adornments you like
  • Paint and paint brush
  • X-acto knife

Now lets begin!

  1. Remove the plastic stem from your foam pumpkin. They usually just pop right out.
  2. Paint the stem whatever color you like. I chose white for a more vintage look but you may want to leave it natural or paint it another color. Set aside to dry.
  3. Measure your pumpkins width. My pumpkin was five inches.
  4. Lay your pumpkin upside down on your fabric and cut a square that is double the size of the width of pumpkin on every side. My pumpkin was five inches wide so my fabric was five inches wide more on each side. Total my square of fabric was 15 inches x 15 inches.
  5. Cut your corners diagonally about three to four inches in. This helps with folding the fabric over the pumpkin.
  6. Starting with one side use your glue gun to glue the fabric to the bottom of the pumpkin. The pull up the opposite side tight as you can and glue. You should then be left with two open sides
  7. Take the first open side and fold it like a present. Pull it up tight and glue to the bottom of the pumpkin. Repeat this step with the other side.
  8. Flip your pumpkin over. Roll the remaining fabric inward until tight and then glue.
  9. Using an X-acto knife cut a small hole in the fabric in the top of the pumpkin for the stem to go back into.
  10. Next, take the raffia grass and tie it tight around the pumpkin as many times as you like to make the sections of the pumpkin. Pull tight and knot off. Make sure the knots are at the top of the pumpkin. You can leave the grass long and flowing for a more shabby look or cut it off for a neater look.
  11. Make sure all the raffia knots are at the top and can be hidden under or close to the stem. Add hot glue to the stem and push back into your pumpkin.
  12. Embellish with whatever you like. Flowers, jewelry, charms – whatever you want. I used keys, flowers and even a few jewelry pieces. Have fun with it!

I hope you will give this a try! If you make one please send me a picture. I love seeing your creations too.

Many blessings to you!

New Life from Layers

I was recently asked to refinish a little side table that had forty years of use and multiple layers of cracking paint on it. I got really excited to take on a job like this because it was a chance for me to try a stripping product I had been reading about online.

In various blogs and painting forums I have been reading about a great furniture stripping product. Comments like, “little to no odor”, “blew through layers of paint”, “I can use it in my house without obnoxious fumes”.  So, I had to see for myself. Well, let me tell you – this sweet orange scented stripper did just exactly all that and then exceeded my expectations with how easy it is to use. I highly recommend this product.

It is called Citristrip. Many of you already know of it but if you don’t it is a must try! Citristrip is super powerful yet it contains no methylene chloride. It is a gel so it easily clung to all surfaces of this table and it completely blew through three layers of paint in less than thirty minutes. 

It is non-caustic – so it is great for indoor use. It doesn’t really have a smell at all other than a slight orange scent. Citrus is my favorite scent in absolutely anything so it really put me in my happy place. It is also biodegradable. 

To me, the  perfect stripping product. 

Look at that! A little final clean up with mineral spirits and she was ready to be sealed.

Stripping furniture is no fun at all. Messy, sticky and gloppy (gloppy is a word right?) but if you have to strip a piece – CitriStrip is the real deal! So easy to use  – and it leaves the exposed wood in great shape too! But like with all stripping agents you will need the proper clothes protection, gloves and eyewear – so please read the label! 

After sealing this cutie she was ready to go in my clients new study. I love the beautiful wood that is now bringing some rich depth to the room. 

You can purchase Citristrip at Lowe’s, Ace Hardware, Sherwin-Williams, Home Depot – just to name a few. Check out Citristrip’s website for more information and suppliers.

Thank you for reading! Have a beautiful day.

~ Tricia