Fall is just around the corner, so kick off Pumpkin Spice Latte season with this autumnal pumpkin wall hanging tutorial from Maker Team member May of @craftwithmay! There's nothing better than cozying up with a felt craft as the air grows crisp, and this cute pumpkin can give your home harvest vibes all season long.
When it comes to my fall decorating, I love to stitch and add as much felt as possible! For this project I wanted to have some fun with sequins and beads – but also keep it simple enough to finish in an afternoon. With some basic shapes, a little improvising, and a lot of stitching fun, this project was a snap!
Skill level: Intermediate
Time: 2-3 hours
1. Assemble and cut your project pieces. The fun of this project is that you can cut your pieces however you'd like in any colors you'd like to make your pumpkin uniquely yours! Cut the following:
- One 9x12" sheet of brown felt for backing
- One 8 1/2” x 10 piece of weaver's cloth
- Three ovals cut approximately 6” high from orange felt
- One ‘stump’ cut from brown felt
- One leaf (or more!) cut from green felt in a size that fits nicely on your pumpkin
2. Machine or hand stitch the weaver's cloth to the brown backing felt.
3. Once you have stitched the weaver's cloth in place, fold the one of the short edges of your brown felt over to the front, so that it reaches the weaver's cloth, and machine or hand stitch it down. Make sure your dowel fits through the loop that is created.
4. Place the two ovals that will be the sides of the pumpkin on the weaver's cloth. One at a time, use your coordinating embroidery floss to do a running stitch around the edges. Next, place the center pumpkin oval in the middle and use the same stitch on the sides and bottom. Leave the top of this oval open until the stem and leaf are stitched into place.
5. Place the leaf near the top of the pumpkin and stitch in place using coordinating thread. Use a running stitch for a simple look, or use a fishbone stitch to create detail and texture.
6. Place the stem so it covers the leaf, but is also tucked under the orange oval. Backstitch around the edge to add details. Simple choices like this really add a lot! Once the leave and stem are stitched down, finish stitching down the center pumpkin oval using a running stitch.
7. To add detail and sparkle, create a border around the design with seed beads and sequins stitched simply into place along the edge of the raw fabric. Include as many or as few sequins and seed beads as you'd like. I love the look and result!
8. The finishing touch for this piece is the ribbon machine or hand stitched along the top edge. There are many other decorations you could add in such as felt poms, additional decorative stitches, more beads, or whatever else you would like to accent your piece!
9. To complete your wall hanging, use some leftover coordinating thread from this project to hang and enjoy on you wall. I hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial and project, and I hope that you’ve been inspired to try some simple felt crafting!
Thanks to May for designing and writing this tutorial! You can follow her on Instagram @craftwithmay or visit her website. Stay tuned for more Benzie Design Maker Team tutorials from May and the rest of the Team!