Over the summer, we saw some beautiful quilted pears and apples at Liberty of London. We thought it would be fun to make a quilted pumpkin for Fall. When we went shopping for fabric we found a faux pumpkin made of foam (called a Funkin) and saw an easy shortcut! We used strips of calico fabric and ModPodge on the Funkin and created our own faux quilted pumpkin! So easy and so pretty!
How To Make A Faux Quilted Pumpkin
Assorted orange cotton quilting fabric fat quarters
Gold gimp trim (approximately 24 feet)
Beacon’s Stiffen Stuff
Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Metallic Acrylic Craft Paint, Gold #32103
Brown craft paper
Twisted paper ribbon, natural
1. The first thing we did was gather a selection of orange calico prints. This was pretty easy since we shopped the fat quarters at the fabric store. Fat quarters are pieces of quilting fabric that are pre-cut and folded into squares. They are called fat quarters because instead of being a quarter of a yard 9″ wide by 44″ long, fat quarters are 18″ by 22″. You get a square of fabric instead of a long rectangle. Plus they are often sold in color coordinated sets.
2. Now you are ready to cover the pumpkin with fabric. Use the tissue paper to make a pattern for the first section of the pumpkin. Once you have a template, cut out a piece of calico. Paint ModPodge on the underside of the fabric only and apply to the pumpkin. (Don’t get ModPodge on top of the fabric. It will look shiny and not soft and fabric-like.) Continue making patterns and cutting and gluing fabric sections alternating patterns until the whole faux pumpkin is covered.
3. Paint the faux pumpkin stem gold. Cut two 15” lengths of paper ribbon. Paint the paper ribbon gold and let dry. Spiral the ribbon around a fat pen and secure with tape. Spray the spiraled ribbons with Stiffen Stuff and let dry.
Paint three squares of brown craft paper with gold paint, top and bottom. Use this template to cut out leaves from these gold squares.
4. Cut the gimp trim and pin it to the faux pumpkin in between the fabric covered segments. (Use ModPodge on ends of the gimp trim if they fray.) Pin a piece of gimp trim around the bottom of the stem. Tuck the leaves and paper ribbon tendrils under the trim and secure with pins.
Jennifer & Kitty