The kid in me will always love a jack-o'-lantern. Not the belabored, competitive-neighbor versions that require hundreds of tiny, precise slits to reveal a perfect arching spider web—the classics: goofy, toothy grins with stem-hats akimbo. Shocked expressions, scary expressions, any face at all that Jim Carey might have made in The Mask.
Simultaneously, I love when pumpkins are left alone to be pretty, grey-green and in a pile by a door or scattered along a runner with dried hydrangeas throughout. Somewhere in between these two extremes—a little playful, but in a Martha Stewart kind of way—is the fabric pumpkin.
I was inspired to try Mod Podge-ing fabric to pumpkins when I saw a similar DIY run rampant on Pinterest: Kristin Jackson's Dark Floral Pumpkin that she posted recently on Hunted Interior. To make it, she had a photograph professionally printed on a huge piece of paper, cut it into 1-inch strips, and adhered them with Mod Podge to a plastic pumpkin—and the result is a perfectly-lined up version of the photograph on the pumpkin.
Seeing it, I thought: fabric! But I wanted to use real pumpkins that vary in height and girth, because then all members of a little crowd of three have distinct personalities. You'll cut wider strips and not worry too much about how they line up, which means that kids can help (and they can pick out a fabric they like, too). Plus, no sharp knives or pumpkin guts.
Here's how to make them.
That's it! A great use for scraps of fabric you might be saving for an yet-decided purpose, or a reason to go by the fabric store in your hometown. (These three pretty fabrics came from the City Quilter, an excellent source for pattern-loving folk in New York City.)
How do you decorate with pumpkins—or squash!—this time of year? Tell us in the comments.
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