I’m pretty sure you’ve probably seen an embroidery hoop project – or twenty – by now.
They’ve been all the rage lately, so when the Fall Blogger Challenge theme was announced as embroidery hoops, I decided I’d better come up with something different.
A Question of Dimension
These little pumpkins weren’t my first idea for this season’s challenge. I thought about making a wall hanging using some pressed fall leaves, but really wanted a project with more dimension.
Three to be exact.
So I ditched the wall hanging idea and started thinking round and 3-dimensional and since it’s fall, I thought about the iconic pumpkin.
Wouldn’t a few hoops make perfect little “ribs”?
Here’s how they come together:
Embroidery Hoop Pumpkins
For each pumpkin you’ll need 3, 4-inch embroidery hoops. You’ll only be using the smooth, inner hoops.
Start by painting them whatever color you like. I found some gold-accented remnant fabric for my pumpkin, so I chose Folk Art’s Metallic Pure Gold.
While the hoops are drying, cut out a 12-inch circle of fabric. I used a dinner plate, but just use whatever you have. You can even use a measuring tape and free hand it. It doesn’t have to be absolutely perfect.
Then cut out the circle.
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Use thread and a needle to put a running stitch along the edge of the fabric circle, then pull the ends to create a little pouch.
Fill it with fiberfil and really pack it full.
Really! The more you fill it, the more dramatic your ribbing will be.
Once you have it filled as full as you can get it, pull the ends tight and close up the opening. You can tie it off or sew it closed. I used both methods and both worked fine. This area is going to be covered up anyway, so don’t fret too much about making it look lovely.
Now it’s time to make the little stuffed fabric ball look more like a ribbed pumpkin!
Add the hoops around the ball, then work with the sections to make them even and fluffy.
For the “stems” I used brown metallic mesh ribbon.
Cut a 6-7″ length, roll it into a tight cylinder, then wrap it around the hoops at the top, leaving a piece sticking up. I used a dot of hot glue to secure it.
Finally, I added a ribbon bow to the stem to dress it up a little more, and it was finished!
These were super easy and fun to make – and you can use any color of fabric, paint, and ribbons you want to match your decor!
And if you’ve got any ideas on what to do with 9 embroidery hoop outer rings…do tell! 🙂
This post is part of the Fall Blogger Challenge. I’ve joined 6 other bloggers, who’ve also used embroidery hoops to make something fun for fall.
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