Thursday, September 23, 2010

Blog Swapping with Ready Set Create!

I am so excited to be blog swapping with Aleesha from Ready Set Create today! Please make her feel at home. She has really cute projects on her blog that you should check out. Thanks Aleesha for swapping today!

 Hi there Night Owl Crafters!
I'm such a fan of Leslie and all her fun ideas!  I'm super excited to be swapping blogs with her today!

I'm Aleesha and I'm the blogger behind
Ready Set Create!

I love craftin and all things creative!  Blogging about it is a great way to get feedback about my projects and spare the Hubby from having to listen to all the girly details. :)  Thank goodness for all of you that I can share my love of crafting with!

Here is my first craft of this beautiful Fall season.
Cute, festive, stuffed pumpkins!

Cute right?!  I whipped up two of these babies during an episode of What Not To Wear.

Want to make some of your own?  Here we go!

Start with whatever fabric you're going to use.  Make the width twice as long as as the height.

I made mine 11 inches by 22 inches. 

Next we're gonna ruffle the top and the bottom (the two long sides.)

On the sewing machine use the longest stitches and the highest tension.  Start sewing without pulling the fabric tight and the machine should do the ruffling  for you.  

(if it doesn't then just pull on one of the strings when you're done sewing to make it ruffle up.)

What we're going to do next is sew the two shorter sides together (11 inch sides) right sides together.

Now you'll have a tube with a ruffly top and bottom.  

Gather the bottom together and hand stitch it closed.

Next fill it full of stuffing. . .

Then gather the top and stitch it closed.

This is what it looks like at this point. . . a big round lumpy {almost} pumpkin.

The next step is whats gonna give it that pumpkiny look.

I just used some regular thread and a long needle. . . start at the bottom, and bring your needle up through the middle and then down around to the bottom and up through the middle again as many times as you want - I did it 5 times.
(does that all make sense???)

Now for the stem.  Super easy.
Cut two stem shaped pieces.  They don't have to be perfect. . . what stem is perfect???

Sew them right sides together, flip right sides out and stuff.  Now sew the bottom closed.  It doesn't matter what it looks like, the bottom wont show.

Last step, pull out the hot glue gun and glue on the stem and if you want to a couple fake leaves.
And Voila!  There you have your cute stuffed pumpkin!

Now all you have to decide where to put them!
On the kitchen table. . .

Maybe on the entryway table?

No matter where you put them they will look fab and make a great fall decoration!

Come stop by my blog and see if you find anything you like!
Thanks again Leslie for having me today, and thanks for sharing all your wonderful readers!


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