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Thanksgiving Pumpkin Decor

Today we are celebrating decor pieces that are wonderful to display in our cute homes for more than one season and for more than one holiday. I love those pieces that you put up and don’t have to take down for a couple of months. Kaeleen is visiting today and sharing an adorable and festive pumpkin decor piece that is perfect to put up when those crisp mornings start and the leaves begin to change colors and take down as you start decorating in bright reds and greens and Santa Clauses. This project is simple and sweet! Enjoy!

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Hey there friends!
I love the Fall! One reason is for all the pumpkin goodness everywhere you go- pumpkin bread, pumpkin lotion, pumpkin patches and last but not least pumpkin decor! Today I am going to show you how to make this cute little Thanksgiving Pumpkin Decoration!

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You will need:
• Orange Felt Circles, size 1¾ inch
• Emerald Corker Ribbon
• Chocolate Chip 3/8 inch Grosgrain Ribbon
• Cream Fabric
• Fabric or Regular Pencil
• Needle and Embroidery Floss
• A Frame Without Glass – 4×6 or 5×7
• Hot Glue Gun (optional)

Green Korker Orange Felt Circles Brown
Pumpkin Button
Now that you have your materials, let’s get started!

To form the pumpkin it is pretty easy, you will just be folding the felt circles in half.

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I did find that it is easier if you add a dab of hot glue inside to help it stay together, but it does still work without it.

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Once you get about 6 circles folded in half you have enough for your pumpkin – feel free to add more if you want a fuller pumpkin. 🙂

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Now it’s time to connect them!
While threading your needle I found a straight pin did the trick to keep them together.
Once your needle and thread is ready you will thread it through the side of the felt circles, then wrap it over the folded sides and put the needle through again, then knot the thread and the “body” of the pumpkin is ready.

Now for the stem!
I cut my ribbon 1½ inches long. And sealed the edges with a lighter.

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When your stem is ready, now it’s time to trim your corker ribbon for the leaf.
I trimmed it so there were two full corks.

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Then put a line of glue on your stem ribbon and place your corker leaf about 1/3 of the way down.
While your glue is sill hot and wet, quickly grab an extra felt circle and put it on top.

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Then drizzle some more hot glue on top of that felt circle and attach the “body” of the pumpkin.

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Look at that cute little pumpkin!!
You could add a clip to the back and it’s the perfect fall hair accessory.
OR
You can continue on with me and we can make our cute pumpkin decor. 🙂

Now you will want to grab that piece of fabric. And cut it about an inch larger than your frame. For example: if you have a 5×7 frame (like me) cut a 6×8 piece of fabric.
If you cut it exactly 5×7 you won’t be able to get it to look smooth in the frame….I learned the hard way. 🙂
Once your fabric is cut it is time to decide what you want it to say!
Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Fall Ya’ll
Give Thanks
You pick!

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I choose Give Thanks—on my exact 5×7 cut of fabric but changed my mind on my 6×8 cut. 🙂

Use a pencil to write exactly what you want on your fabric.
Helpful hint: place the frame over top to see how your phrase is positioned –look for too high, too low, too far to the right or whatever.

Once it is perfect… it’s time to stitch the words! Prep your needle and embroidery floss.
(I separated my floss in half, from the six strands to 3…just my personal preference.)
You will want to come from the back so your knot is on the back.

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Then you will put the needle back in the fabric just a little bit down from where you came out before.

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Then poke the needle back out to the front – about the same distance as before.

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Pull it tight and put the needle back in up right where the last stitch ended.

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Confused yet…?
Just keep practicing, it does take time and doesn’t have to be perfect, because once it’s all complete it will look great!

My mom always told me “Perfection is not art,” and I have found my least perfect things are always my favorite.
Also, a little tip with the stitching is on the corners do smaller stitches. This is the most time consuming part of the project.

Happy Stitching!
**and if you get really frustrated with the stitching you can always add a clip or brooch pin and wear it to Thanksgiving dinner. 🙂

Once you’re done stitching it’s time to take the glass out of your frame and put your fabric in it. Once that is assembled go ahead and hot glue that cute little pumpkin on and BAM!
YOU’RE DONE!

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Thank you Kaeleen for sharing this quick and easy and adorable pumpkin project! This project is perfect to add to all of our fall, Halloween, or Thanksgiving decor! I LOVE it! This cute pumpkin decor would also make a lovely house warming, thank you, or just because gift. It is quick to create and great on our crafty budget!

Pumpkins are everywhere this time of year…on our plates, on our front porches and decorating our homes in decor and also yummy scents! Here are a few more brilliant pumpkin projects you are sure to love and want to add to your fall, Thanksgiving and Halloween decor…

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Do you love pumpkins? Cookies, cakes, decor, carving them…what is your favorite thing about pumpkins?

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15 Comments

  1. Pat C.
    Posted November 1, 2014 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    How adorable, Michelle! Thanks for the stitching tips; I’ve been feeling the urge to try my hand at embroidery–which I haven’t done since learning the chain stitch in 7th-grade home ec class! Speaking of which… I bet your project would look just as festive framed in an embroidery hoop, too!

    Or how about using enough felt circles to create a full ball shape for the pumpkin; make several of them and string them together with twine or floss (sewn along the bases of the stems) for a sweet garland?!

    xoxo

    • Pat C.
      Posted November 1, 2014 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

      I’m sorry, Kaeleen, for not noticing that this was your project!: ( Thank you for sharing the tutorial… great pics! xoxo

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted November 3, 2014 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

      Hi Pat! Thank you so much! I am so glad that you like this fun project! I love your idea of creating a garland out of full felt circle pumpkins! That would be so adorable and so much fun! Great idea Pat! Have a wonderful rest of your day and thank you again! Michelle 🙂

  2. Posted November 7, 2014 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    Sooo cute, Michelle! I love that little pumpkin, so easy to make!! I love that it’s 3D, too. 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with us at Motivational Monday this week! 🙂

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted November 8, 2014 at 8:08 am | Permalink

      Hi Amanda! Thank you so much! I am so glad you love this fun little craft! I love your party and am looking forward to next week! Have a great day! Michelle 🙂

  3. Posted November 10, 2014 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing your Thanksgiving pumpkin decor at The Pin Junkie. Your project was featured in a fall & Thanksgiving craft roundup at http://www.thepinjunkie.com/2014/11/easy-fall-thanksgiving-crafts.html

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted November 10, 2014 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

      Hi Bonnie! Thank you so much, and you are welcome! Thanks for featuring this fun pumpkin and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  4. Posted November 10, 2014 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    I absolutely love this! Pinned. Lou Lou Girls

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted November 10, 2014 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

      Hi Girls! Thank you so much! You guys are awesome! Thank you for pin and stopping by! Have a great night! Michelle 🙂

  5. Posted November 11, 2014 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Very nicely and neatly! It is real easy to make such an attractive craft. These orange circles are so cute and adorable. My daughter even tried at home and she is so euphoric to accomplish her first stitching task. Thanks a lot for sharing. Keep doing it; we will love to have many more resourceful ideas like this.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted November 13, 2014 at 8:17 am | Permalink

      Hi Naomijane! Thank you so much! I am so glad you like this fun pumpkin craft! I love felt circles too. They have so many purposes and make so many fun crafts! I am so glad your daughter tried this craft too! Thank you again for your sweet words! Have a wonderful day and see you next time! Michelle 🙂

  6. Posted November 20, 2014 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    I show your every picture, i think every picture is very nice.I absolutely love this! Pinned. Lou Lou Girls.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted November 22, 2014 at 9:20 am | Permalink

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment and for stopping by! Have a wonderful day and thank you again! Michelle 🙂

  7. Posted November 26, 2014 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    How adorable, Michelle! Thanks for the stitching tips; I’ve been feeling the urge to try my hand at embroidery–which I haven’t done since learning the chain stitch in 7th-grade home ec class! Speaking of which… I bet your project would look just as festive framed in an embroidery hoop, too!

    Or how about using enough felt circles to create a full ball shape for the pumpkin; make several of them and string them together with twine or floss (sewn along the bases of the stems) for a sweet garland?!

    xoxo

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted November 26, 2014 at 7:26 am | Permalink

      Hi Cow Hide! Thank you so much! I am so glad you love this fun project. I love your awesome ideas for creating a whole new look with this fun project and creating a larger pumpkin and a garland! LOVE!!! You are awesome! Thanks again and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

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