An Easy Way to Bleach Pinecones

bleached pinecone sitting beside white ironstone pot

I love using different textures and natural elements in my home decor, and several years ago I had this idea to try bleaching pinecones. Even though they are neutral already, I thought it would be fun to experiment and see if I could get them a lighter color, so I wanted to share an easy way to bleach pinecones.

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How To Make Easy No-Sew Fabric Pumpkins

plaid fabric pumpkin with real stick for stem

I recently starting pulling out all of my fall decor and found a huge fabric pumpkin I made last year. I realized I have never shared it, so today I want to show you how to make easy no-sew fabric pumpkins.

Don’t you just love fall??

Yeah, me too!! I just love the first few mornings when you begin to feel the crisp cool air.

You know, when you need a sweater in the mornings to sit outside and drink your coffee?

Just typing this makes me giddy and so anxious for fall and reminds me of this fall tablescape I created last year. You can take a look at that here.

fall tablescape set up outdoors, with amber vases for flowers and candles, white plates, layered with a large dried wreath, amber vintage goblets and brown plaid napkins

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I also love making some of my fall decor while I’m burning my fall scented candles. Using natural elements in my decor and making things is especially fun to me.

Last year, as I was cleaning out my office/craft closet I found tons of fabric I had never used. As I was going through it, and about to do away with some it, I found some gold/brown plaid fabric that I thought would make a cute DIY fabric pumpkin.

So, I pulled it out, and got to work.

supplies for a fabric pumpkin

supplies to make a no sew fabric pumpkin, polyfil, scrap fabric, scissors and twine

For your no sew fabric pumpkin, you will need…….

piece of scrap fabric

polyfil

twine, yarn or string

small stick

glue gun

spanish moss

steps to make a fabric pumpkin with a real stem

large square of gold plaid fabric to use to make a no sew fabric pumpkin


First of all, I cut a large square from the scrap fabric. Obviously, the larger the square, the larger the pumpkin.

I cut my square about 30″ and it made about a 15″ size pumpkin.

So, just cut your square any size you like.

Next, you want to fill your square with polyfil.

fabric square stuffed with polyfil and gathered up to make a fabric no sewpumpkin
fabric square stuffed with polyfil and gathered up to make a fabric no sew pumpkin



When you have the amount of stuffing that you like, gather all of the sides of the fabric together.

Then you will want to tie it up with the twine or string. Don’t tie it super tight, just yet, because you want to be able to insert the “stem”.

fabric square stuffed with polyfil and gathered up to make a fabric no sew pumpkin



You will probably have a couple of places that don’t catch in the twine, and that’s ok. Just tuck those in or even use a dab of hot glue so it will stay put.

You can see how mine looks in this pic. I just added a dot of hot glue and tucked it in. You can’t even tell when it’s all finished.

fabric square stuffed with polyfil and gathered up to make a fabric no sew pumpkin
fabric square stuffed with polyfil and gathered up to make a fabric no sew pumpkin



Now, you want to cut the excess fabric off, right above where you tied it off with twine. I left about 2″ above the twine.

Use a piece of real stick or even a stem from a pumpkin. More about the pumpkin stem at the end of this post.

fabric square stuffed with polyfil and gathered up to make a fabric no sew pumpkin


Poke your stick or stem down into the center where your fabric is gathered. I added some hot glue to the end of my stick, so it would stay put. And now, you can cinch the twine up really tight, to keep everything in place.

fabric square stuffed with polyfil and gathered up to make a fabric no sew pumpkin
fabric square stuffed with polyfil and gathered up to make a fabric no sew pumpkin



Lastly, I added some spanish moss around the top, to hide the raw edge of fabric and make it look a little more realistic. The moss resembles the greenery or leaves that would be on a real pumpkin.

fabric square stuffed with polyfil and gathered up to make a fabric no sew pumpkin



And, that’s it! It’s just that simple.

plaid fabric pumpkin with real stick for stem


tips for making a fabric pumpkin

#1 – A great place to find inexpensive fabric for your pumpkins is to look througth the sheets at thrift stores.

#2 – Also, mens shirts are another good option, especially flannels. Thrift stores and garage sales are great places to find these.

#3 – I like to save real pumpkin stems from my pumpkins every year. Since I usually buy several real pumpkins, I just cut them stems off at the end of the season, before I throw them out. I just lay them out on a paper towel to dry out completely, then I store them with my fall decor to use for pumpkin crafts the next season. These can make a fabric or faux pumpkins look so much more realistic.



I plan on making lots more of these cute no sew fabric pumpkins this year, using different fabrics and making different sizes.

I hope you find this “how to make a fabric pumpkin tutorial helpful. If you make your own, I would love to hear about it!!

blessings and happy crafting,
michele

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fall snack mix with candy corn, peanuts and chocolate chips in a glass jar with a wooden lid



How to Make an Easy Football Party Dessert Bar

cupcakes with green frosting and a white stripe piped with vanilla frosting down the center and a 50 to resemble a football field 50 yard line

My dinner club group is sharing our menu today for our football tailgate party theme. Since I was responsible for the dessert this month, and had so many ideas for easy desserts for a football party, I decided to do a dessert bar. Let me show you some fun ideas and how to make an easy football party dessert bar.

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How To Host An Easy Backyard Summer Picnic

Outdoor picnic tablescape with white plates on a white table, white flowers in a vintage white vase, lemon print napkins, bamboo utensils and a vintage picnic basket

This months dinner club tablescape was so fun to create! Every month 4 other blogger friends and I host a virtual dinner party. This month we decided on a picnic theme, and I can’t wait to share with you how to host an easy backyard summer picnic.

If you are joining me from Simply 2 Moms, welcome! I am so glad you are here!

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7 Of My Favorite Thrifted Finds

favorite thrifted finds

I am so excited to be joining Thrifting with the Gals this week! Each week these 6 ladies share on Instagram the goodies they have found thrifting that week. Since I love thrifting, it is so fun to follow along and I was grateful to be included in their blog hop this week. Come along as I show you 7 of my favorite thrifted finds.

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How to Create a Neutral Cinco de Mayo Tablescape

cinco de mayo tablescape

As most of you know, by now, I don’t use a lot of color in my decor. When my virtual dinner party group decided on a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta for our April theme, I kind of panicked, since you would typically use a lot of color for a fiesta themed party. I ended up getting really excited about it when I thought of my inspiration piece, so I want to share how to create a neutral Cinco de Mayo tablescape.

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A Spring Inspired Wreath

spring inspired wreath

The last couple of years I have used a wall basket on my front door for Spring time. I fill it with live plants, still in their nursery containers which makes it easier to water them. I wanted something different this year, so I decided to make a spring inspired wreath.

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A Beautiful Spring Inspired Tablescape

spring inspired place setting

I had so much fun creating a beautiful spring inspired tablescape this week! I am joining a few friends for a virtual brunch and this month is all about Spring. This group of ladies and our themed tables and menus have been so creative and fun. I hope you will take a look at each of the tablescapes and join us again on Saturday to see the menu and all the yummy recipes.

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Stamped Egg Place Cards for a Spring Table

stamped egg place cards

Ya’ll this is the easiest DIY ever!!! I made these stamped egg place cards for a Spring Table and they turned out so cute!!

Follow along and I will show you how I did it. You won’t believe how simple it is!

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