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!

I love fall! Everything about it. Fall especially gets me in a creative mood. Does it do that to you too? It is the beginning of all the best holidays to come so my crafty side goes into hyper drive!

I love fall decor too but not every space in my home looks good with the typical orange, brown, yellow and black fall colors. Some spaces in my home are more pastel, with softer tones and would look better with a touch of shabby chic fall decorations. I decided to use my daughters homeschool crafting time to show her how to make a fall leaf and fabric garland. Now I want to share it with you. With a few leaves from the dollar store, paint, and old fabric remnants we created a sweet little fall leaf garland with all florals. I also made floral shabby chic pumpkins too last year. I will include them in the pictures to give you some inspiration.

Here is what you will need to complete this project:

  • Fabric of your choice
  • Dollar store burlap leaves
  • Paint color of your choice and paint brush
  • Twine, ribbon or string of your choice ( I used jute twine)
  • Scissors
  • Yard stick

The colors and material choices can be changed to what YOU love. This is just what I did for my personal taste but change it up! Get creative and make it your own.

Here are the steps:

  1. The burlap dollar store leaves I chose were a deep green. I thought I would like that color but decided to go with my love of white and just roughly paint them white. I didn’t perfectly paint them but just gave them a good coat using Paint Couture acrylic paint. While your leave are drying, move on to the next steps.
  2. Decide how long you want you garland to be. I chose to use 90″ of twine. I figured if it was too long I could just cut the ends off and make it shorter. But I really love the extra jute twine hanging on the ends. To me it adds to the imperfection of the shabby chic look.
  3. Next, measure out your fabric in 24 to 36 inch lengths by one inch width. I chose 24 inch length for my garland. Once the fabric is tied onto the jute twine – it will be hanging down 12 inches. You may choose to go longer or even have varying lengths.
  4. Cut your fabric roughly. I love the imperfect, frayed and rough cut edges. Again it adds to the shabby chic perfectly imperfect look.
  5. Find the center of your garland string. Once you find the center add a leaf to create the center focal point and begin adding your ribbon pieces moving outward from each side of the leaf. I chose seven different fabric pattern so there are seven fabric pieces in between each of my leaves.
  6. Fold your fabric piece in half and lay the folded portion on the garland string. Pull the fabric ends backward under the garland string, then through the folded end and pull until tight on the string. It will have a cute little neck tie look to it.
  7. Alternate your leave and fabric pieces until you have the desired fullness and look you want.
  8. Hang and enjoy!

I hope you find this inspirational! Use the colors and materials you like and create a fun fall garland for your home. This is such a great project for kids and can be adapted for any season.

Unfortunately, I lost the pictures on how to create the fabric pumpkins but am happy to recreate the steps with a new pumpkin if you all want it. Let me know!

Blessings and Happy Fall crafting!

– Tricia