There are so many things that I am thankful for. I am thankful that I have a wonderful husband who does so much for me. I am thankful for our four amazing daughters, and that I have the ability to homeschool them. I am also so thankful that I am able to sew and be a part of some amazing groups online through my sewing and pattern testing. Sewing is so much more than a hobby for me, it helps me to feel “normal” through some tough times. I have chronic neurological conditions that have changed my everyday life. Living with Chiari Malformation of the brain, Syringomyelia and Ehlers Danlos Sydrome can be very difficult. I have had three brain surgeries and more procedures and hospital stays than I can count. Creating something beautiful through my sewing helps me to feel a little more “normal,” and for that I am extremely thankful!
For my post in the Thankful blog tour, I decided to share a tutorial for using some fabric scraps to make some pumpkin place cards for your Thanksgiving table. If you are anything like me, you hate to throw away any of your left over fabric scraps. This is a great project for using up some of those scraps.
Here are the supplies you will need:
- fabric scraps in pumpkin colors:
- floral wire
- matching thread (not pictured)
- scrapbook paper (not pictured)
First you will need to make a paper template for your pumpkins, and use it to cut out circles from your fabric scraps. I made my circle about 6.5″ in diameter. I originally had a smaller circle (as you can see on my template), but decided that 6.5″ was a good size for place cards. Of course you could make them larger to use as decorations.
Using a thread that matches your fabric, hand stitch around the edge of your circle. Do not tie off or remove the needle yet.
Cut your twigs down to approximately 2.5″ and hot glue them to the top of rocks. The rock will help to keep you pumpkin in place. Put the twig/rock into the center of the fabric and then start to tighten the thread.
Take the floral wire and cut it to 9.5″. Wrap it around a pencil to get a coil shape.
Add some stuffing, distributing it around the twig/rock. I stock up on cheap bed pillows when I find them on sale, and cut them open for the stuffing. Another option would be to use some smaller fabric scraps as stuffing.
Wrap your wire coil around the twig a few times and then tighten the thread as much as possible. Once the fabric is completely tightened around the twig, add a few stitches to secure it in place and then tie off your thread.
One of my daughters made some tags for me to use on the pumpkins. She cut some scrapbook paper 1″ by 2″, and another color of paper 0.75″ by 1.75″. Then she glued the smaller piece on top of the larger one and punched a hole in the corner of each tag.
My youngest daughter is learning calligraphy as part of our homeschool art curriculum. She added the names to the tags her sister made. After adding the calligraphy, we tied the tags to the pumpkin stems using the twine.
These little pumpkins will be a fun addition to our Thanksgiving table!
Week 2 Giveaway (11/8-11/14): Simply by Ti $20 shop credit
Our Thankful Sewing Bloggers are creating something special to share with you to celebrate this month of Thanksgivings! As an extra special surprise, we also have a couple giveaways during each week of the tour. Share your thanks with Petite Stitchery who has a new pattern to share with us, a free pattern giveaway from Sew by Pattern Pieces, and a chance to win a shop credit each week from Simply by Ti!
Intro to the tour
Nov 22nd: Back 40 Life
Nov 23rd: Lovemade Handmade
Nov 24th: Sewing by Ti
Nov 25th: On Wednesdays We Sew
Nov 26th: Paisley Roots
Monday Nov 27th: Mermaid Mama Designs
Nov 28th: Sew Haute Blog
Nov 29th: Ma Moose Handmade
Nov 30th: Everything Your Mama Made & More