Shabby Chic Fabric Pumpkin Garland
Quarter yard or scraps of various fabrics. Woven fabric may be used, and then the edges can be frayed.
⅝” size Chenille-It
Metal Eyelet Kit - Dritz ¾” size. I used this set.
Brown felt for stem pieces
Small embroidery scissors
1. Trace the pumpkin template twice onto each fabric choice. Cut out fabric. Cut out small rectangles from the brown felt for pumpkin stems.
2. Cut out a piece of scrap batting that is smaller than the pumpkin shape.
3. Sandwich the batting between the two pieces of fabric, along with the felt pumpkin stem sticking out the top. Quilt as desired. I made “pumpkin ribs” on the pumpkins.
4. If using homespun woven fabrics, then stitch a half inch from the edge around the pumpkin. Instead of using Chenille-It, you can fray the edges of the woven fabric.
If using quilting cotton that doesn’t fray as easily, zigzag stitch around the edge of the pumpkin to seal the edges. I loved the pumpkins at this stage. You could always skip the frayed edges and add the grommets next, if preferred.
5. To add the Chenille-It embellishment, measure the Chenille-It around the edge of the pumpkin, front and back. Pin in place and make sure it overhangs the edge by ⅛”. Stitch down the middle of the Chenille-It.
6. Wash and dry the pumpkins to promote the fraying of the Chenille-It. It’s best to use a washing machine with an agitator, or also throw in with some towels. Since these pumpkins are small, they didn’t have much to bump against in my washer and dryer, so the Chenille-It didn’t bloom as much as usual. I used a vegetable scrubber brush and nail buffer to encourage the fraying once they came out of the dryer. I also had to press the Chenille-It out along the edge of the pumpkin because the curve of the pumpkin made the Chenille-It to turn inward. Nothing a hot iron couldn’t fix!
7. To add the grommets, follow the directions on the kit. I traced a small circle and used sharp, small embroidery scissors to cut the circle out. Hammer in the grommets, thread the twine, and there you go! Perfect shabby-chic pumpkin garland for autumn.
Thank you for joining me in celebrating the beauty of autumn and the joy of crafting. I look forward to bringing you more creative ideas and tutorials in the future. Until then, may your home be filled with the warmth and charm of the season. Happy crafting and happy fall!