fall fabric pumpkin tutorial
We’re more into sewing than crafting, but when I saw paper-covered pumpkins in one of my mom’s magazines I thought, why not with fabric! I actually think applying fabric to a curved surface was easier than paper would be. We used real pumpkins because we knew we’d want different fabrics next year, and I loved the idea of seeing a real stem and ridges but a fabric body. Though you could definitely use fake ones if you want them to be reusable. If you’ve ever decoupaged before, all you may need is an idea of how wide to cut your strips, which you’ll find below. If you’re new to Mod Podge, we’ll walk you through it.
Mod Podge: a 16 oz. bottle was enough for our 3 medium and 2 small pumpkins.
1 fat quarter for a small pumpkin
2 fat quarters for a medium pumpkin
No fabric prep is necessary. If your fabric is really light, you may want to paint your pumpkins white first. We didn’t bother and it turned out pretty alright.
The wider your strips, the more puckering you’ll get. The larger and flatter your pumpkin, the wider your strips can be.
You’re going to paint underneath and on top of every fabric strip. With a paintbrush, paint where you want your first strip to go.
Place the fabric strip on and smooth it out.
Trim the top of the strip to be shaped around the stem.
Paint Mod Podge over the fabric strip, and where you want to lay your next strip.
Lay your next strip down, overlapping it by at least 1/4″ over the last strip. Paint over it, being sure to cover the “seam” between the two strips, and continue on as before.