Get Crafty: How to Make Velvet Pumpkins
Written by: Allison Swan
Velvet pumpkins with real stems have been all over social media lately. Make your own with this easy DIY!
To make one large, one medium, and one small pumpkin, you'll need one yard of velvet (faux velvet is much more cost effective, but real velvet is preferred), a large needle and heavy thread, two pounds of dried pinto beans, one 10-ounce bag of Poly-fil stuffing, a hot glue gun, and real pumpkin stems.
To get your pumpkin stems, ask a manager if you can take the stems from rotten or smashed pumpkins at a pumpkin patch, or, you can buy new pumpkins and cut the stems off with a sharp knife. Letting the stems dry naturally is best but requires several weeks. If you don't have the time or dried stems from the previous year, use your oven. Set the oven to 150 degrees and let them sit for 24 hours.
Cut a circle of velvet fabric. Take a needle and thread to stitch along the edge of your circle all the way around. Use smaller stitches to create puckers at the top of your pumpkins, cinching the thread so that the opening is completely puckered.
Fill with beans just enough to weigh down the bottom. Then, fill the rest with Poly-fil until your pumpkin is stuffed full. Cinch the opening tight and make a knot to keep it in place.
To make a deep indention at the top, take your needle and thread it into the opening and out through the middle of your pumpkin, pulling tight. Finish with a knot to hold it all in place.
Hot glue a dried stem to the top of your pumpkin.
And that’s it! This is the perfect time of year to make them because they will take you right through Thanksgiving.