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Fabric Pumpkins With Cabinet Knob Stems

Would you believe we had our first snowfall yesterday? It melted as soon as it hit the ground BUT dang, it's only September. I'm keeping my finger's crossed this isn't a sign that we're headed for a long winter. Bundled in a sweater with the furnace running, my thoughts went to hot apple cider and decorating for Fall.

Are you like me and have a bin full of fabric leftover from former projects? Those scraps can be turned into the cutest pumpkins. Today I'm showing you how using remanents from an old red ticking stripe slipcover along with how to repurpose vintage kitchen cabinet knobs for the stems.

Decorating a tray for Fall using Fabric Pumpkins with Kitchen Cabinet Knob Stems.
Fabric Pumpkins with cabinet knob stems
If you're a visual person I've included a video tutorial below...

Video Tutorial

Fabric Pumpkins With Cabinet Knob Stems

Fabric Pumpkins with faux fern leaves

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The steps for sewing the pumpkins are pretty much the same as my Sweater Pumpkins. Except with these, I used faux leaf picks and an old slipcover removed from our Chalk Painted Wing Chair. If you can sew a straight line, you can definitely make these pumpkins.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links so you can see what products I used or recommend to complete this project. What that means is that if you click on one of the product links, I may receive a small portion of any sales at no additional cost to you to support the costs of running this site. See my disclosure policy page.


Red Ticking Stripe Fabric or fabric of your choice
Matching All Purpose Thread
Cotton Batting
White Ceramic Kitchen Cabinet Knobs or knobs of your choice
Artificial Fern Picks
8-inch Upholstery Needle
Mod Podge or White Glue
Hot Glue Gun

Fabric Pumpkin Patch with Cabinet Knob Stems

Step 1: Cut fabric

The trick to measuring your fabric is to divide the width in half to get the height. I recommend making the pumpkins in multiple sizes, mine are in three as follows:

Large: 20-inches wide x 10-inches tall
Medium: 16-inches wide x 8-inches tall
Small: 12-inches wide by 6-inches tall

Step 2: Sew side seam

DIY Fabric Pumpkin Seams
  • Fold fabric with the short sides together (pictured above).
  • Sew the side seams together. I used the elastic stitch setting on my sewing machine, mimics a serged seam to help prevent the fabric from fraying.
  • If you don't have a sewing machine you could hand stitch the seam.

Step 3: Sew bottom seam

Gather baste stitch on Fabric Pumpkins
  • Sew the bottom seam using a basting stitch (largest stitch setting) and leave long threads on either end.
  • Gently pull on the top strand of thread to gather the fabric (pictured above).
  • Repeat by pulling the top strand of thread on the opposite side (pictured below).
  • Tie the ends to secure the gathers.

Option B: Gather the fabric in your hand and tie it off with an elastic band.

Gathered bottom seam on Fabric Pumpkins
Turn the pumpkin right side out (pictured below).
Base of DIY Fabric Pumpkins

Step 4: Fill pumpkins

Fill Fabric Pumpkins with cotton batting
Fill pumpkin with cotton batting up to approximately 1-1½ inches from the top (pictured above).

Step 5: Sew top seam

Baste stitch top seam on Fabric Pumpkins
  • With a needle and all-purpose thread, hand stitch the top closed (pictured above) and gather the fabric the same way as in Step 3.
  • Draw the points together into the center and stitch in place (pictured below).
DIY Fabric Pumpkins ready for twine ribs

Step 6: Twine ribs and tendrils

Cut twine the following lengths per size of pumpkin:
Large: 90-inches
Medium: 80-inches
Small: 70-inches

Stringing Fabric Pumpkin twine ribs

Tip 1: Be cautious when pushing the needle through so it doesn't poke your hand. 

Tip 2: Avoid this step if you have a feline family member nearby. Unless you want to get distracted by the playful kitty and completely forget about Tip #1. Ask me how I know.

  • With an 8-inch upholstery needle, thread a strand of twine through the top of the pumpkin and out the center of the bottom. You may want to use a thimble to help push the needle through the bulk of the pumpkin. 
  • Leave a long strand at the top for the first tendril.
  • Holding the tendril in place with your thumb, pull the thread over the pumpkin and insert the needle into the top center and back through the base. 
  • Wrap it over the opposite side of the pumpkin and pull taut to form the first two ribs and tie in a knot to hold in place.
  • Repeat the last two steps until you have eight ribs and tie in a knot to secure.
  • There should be two strands of twine at the top of the pumpkin for tendrils (pictured below).
Fabric Pumpkin twine ribbon ribs

Step 7: Cabinet knob stems

Pierce hole for Fabric Pumpkin Knob Stems

  • Using an Awl, poke a hole through the top and down to the bottom of the pumpkin and move the Awl in a back and forth motion to create a large enough hole (pictured above). Be careful during this step because the tip of that Awl is very sharp when it pops through the bottom. Ask me how I know.
  • Squish the pumpkin as tight as you can and from the bottom of the pumpkin, pull the cabinet knob screw through the hole created by the Awl and out the top of the pumpkin (pictured below). I'm not going to lie, lining up the screw can get a bit frustrating but be patient.
  • Twist the knob onto the screw and hand tighten to secure. You may need to use a screwdriver to tighten the knob completely. 
Inserting Cabinet Knob Stem into Fabric Pumpkin

Step 8: Adding leaves

Faux fern leaf picks for Fabric Pumpkins
I save everything and had quite the collection of faux greens in a large plastic tote. I found several faux fern leaf picks (pictured above) that I believe have been in my stash for over 20 years.

I removed the stems from the pick and simply hot glued them in place under the cabinet knobs (pictured below).
Attaching faux leaves on Fabric Pumpkins

Step 9: Curling the tendrils

Curl Faux Pumpkin tendrils with white glue
Use foil to protect the pumpkins during this next step. Don't they remind you of a group of ladies with hair strands poking through their highlighting caps at the salon?

This is when your grown children's labeled school markers that you've kept all these years come in handy.
Curling tendrils on Fabric Pumpkins
  • Pour white glue or Mod Podge into a plastic container.
  • Dip your fingers into the glue and rub it all over the twine tendrils.
  • Wrap the twine around the markers and leave them to dry for no more than an hour.
  • Carefully slide the markers off the tendrils and let completely dry while still curled.
  • Once dry, loosen the tendril curls to your liking.

I'm so glad to have put more of the remanents from our red ticking stripe slipcover to good use and just love these cute little fabric pumpkins. 
DIY Red Ticking Stripe Fabric Pumpkins With Knob Stems
There may appear to be a lot of steps to make these but this entire pumpkin patch can be made in a day.
Red Ticking Stripe Fabric Pumpkins In Fall Tray
While my red ticking stripe pumpkins have a Farmhouse look, you can create glamourous ones by using velvet and pretty glass or beaded knobs. Or warm and cozy pumpkins with sweaters and wooden knobs. What about whimsical ones with bold colors and patterns and metal knobs. The possibilities are endless.

Have you ever made fabric pumpkins? I'd love to hear how you made yours in the comment section below.

If you found this Fabric Pumpkin tutorial helpful, please share it with a friend or save it on Pinterest.
Fabric Pumpkins With Cabinet Knob Stems

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Talk Of The Town Party #90

We did it...
I can't believe we did it before October 1st...
but we had to...
when you're bundled in sweaters and thick fuzzy socks...
and your nose is running...
and your cat is napping under blankets...
it's time...
time to say goodbye to Summer and turn on the furnace.

Welcome back to Talk of the Town!
First, let's take a look at what you may have missed from your party hosts!
"What's New At Knick Of Time"

"What's New At The Interior Frugalista"
Here's what we're talking about from last week's party!

Chalkboard Painted Box Tops - Stow AND Tell U
Mason Jar Sign - The Country Chic Cottage
Hot Spiced Cider - Marilyns Treats

Now, it's your turn!
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Chalkboard Message Center From Salvaged Cabinet Doors

Last year in an attempt to declutter the workshop, we dismantled a corner media cabinet that I was going to "do something with one day". One day turned into months and then into years and it was decided the likelihood of me doing anything with it was slim. As Mr. Frugalista dismantled the cabinet, I grabbed anything thought worthy of salvaging despite the eye rolls of the dismantler.

Fast-forward a year to this month's Thrifty Chicks Chalkboard challenge, a perfect example of why I don't throw anything out. The two doors from that salvaged cabinet were repurposed into a Chalkboard Message Center fit for a princess.
Chalkboard Message Center Fit For A Princess
Before I get into the details of how I made my Chalkboard Message Center, I should tell you a little about the Thrifty Chicks. On the second Wednesday of every month, my creative junk loving friends and I come together to transform, upcycle or repurpose a junk find based on a theme.
Thrifty Chicks Monthly Themed Blog Hop
In case you missed it, last month's challenge was to repurpose a License Plate. I turned mine into Children's License Plate Art for my grandson's room at our house.

Chalkboard Message Center Video Tutorial

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links so you can see what products I used or recommend to complete this project. What that means is that if you click on one of the product links, I may receive a small portion of any sales at no additional cost to you to support the costs of running this site. See my disclosure policy page.

Chalkboard Message Center From Salvaged Cabinet Doors

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These are the cabinet doors and thankfully, I kept the knobs too.
Salvaged Cabinet Doors for Message Center
Remember the Student Desk That Went All Glam? I decided to go girly girl glam with my chalkboard message center too and pair it with the desk. The desk and chair are at my booth at the Blue Jar Antique Mall and this will be heading there soon too.
Chalkboard Message Center From Salvaged Cabinet Doors
The doors are painted using the leftover custom pink chalk paint from the desk. Pictured below is after the first coat and it only took two coats for complete coverage. The paint is protected with Best Dang Wax by Dixie Belle Paint Company.
Chalkboard Message Center Custom Pink Chalk Paint
The recessed part of one door is painted with two coats of craft chalkboard paint.

Tip 1: Did you know another option for making chalkboards is using flat latex paint or chalk paint?Chalkboard Paint on Salvaged Cabinet Door

Tip 2: DIY Chalkboards do have to be seasoned before being used. Simply rub the side of a stick of chalk along the board both vertically and horizontally and wipe with a clean rag.

A sheet of cork board is cut to fit into the recess of the other door.
Corkboard for recessed salvaged cabinet door
And then embellished in pink with a Polka Dot Stencil.
Stenciled Corkboard for Chalkboard Message Center
It is attached to the door with E6000 glue.
Message Center Cork Board on Salvaged Cabinet Door
The doors are joined together with metal bracket wood connectors - can't get any easier than that.
Chalkboard Center Cabinet Doors joined with metal brackets
Now to add some gold bling to the message center. The original wood knobs and two silver bulldog paper clips are painted with Rustoleum Metallic Pure Gold Spray Paint. Once dry the paint is protected with two coats of Rustoleum Matte Clear Coat.
Gold Spray Painted Accessories for Chalkboard Message Center
To add a little more bling mini round mirrors are attached to the circles on the top of each bulldog clip with E6000 glue.
Chalkboard Message Center Gold Bulldog Clips
The clips are attached to the middle of the chalkboard message center with wood screws. One to hold a stick of chalk and the other to hold a sticky note pad.
Message Center Chalkboard On Salvaged Cabinet Door
Two D-ring picture hangers are attached to the back of the frame and it is ready to hang.
Chalkboard Message Center D-Ring Hangers
I am so happy to finally put some of those salvaged cabinet pieces to good use. Cabinet doors make the perfect Chalkboard Message Center don't you think? If you enjoyed this repurpose please share it with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.

Chalkboard Message Center From Salvaged Cabinet Doors
Do you save scraps of wood, furniture parts, and bits & pieces from things that may come in handy one day? I'd love to hear your stories in the comment section below.

Please join me in visiting my friend's blogs to see how they repurposed the items pictured below and turned them into a chalkboard.
Chalkboard Wall In The Pantry by Lora B. Create & Ponder
Chalkboard Message Center From Salvaged Cabinet Doors by The Interior Frugalista
Chalkboards In Any Color by The Vintage Cottage
Quick & Easy Cookie Sheet Chalkboard by Thrifty Rebel Vintage

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