I get so inspired this time of year; autumn colors, changing and falling leaves, and ALL THINGS PUMPKIN. This pumpkin hoop tutorial is a fun craft project to make because it’s easy, takes only a few supplies, and is easy on the hips (as opposed to all the other pumpkin related things I love about this time of year).
Pick out some fun autumn-inspired fabrics and let’s get to making!
Pumpkin Hoop Tutorial
Gather these supplies:
- pillow stuffing (also called polyfil)
- masking tape
- glue gun & hot glue sticks
- embroidery hoop
- chipboard or stiff cardboard
- fabric (roughly twice the size of the hoop)
To get started:
- separate the inner hoop from the outer hoop
- trace the inner hoop around the outside of the hoop
- cut out the circle a little bigger than your tracing
- using the masking tape, tape the chipboard to the hoop around the inside of the hoop
- double the tape all around
- reinforce the outside of the hoop with masking tap all around the hoop
- your base is ready
- pile on the pillow stuffing; use more than you think you’ll need. You can adjust later.
Adding the fabric:
- cover the pillow stuffing and hoop base with your fabric
- cut 3 strings of twine about 20-21 inches; place over the fabric
- these will make the ridges of your pumpkin
Adding the outer hoop:
- place the outer hoop over the fabric and twine
- tighten the hoop screw
- pull fabric taut
- adjust the amount of stuffing, if needed
- pull taut the twine to accentuate pumpkin ridges
- tighten the hoop screw one final time
Finish the Pumpkin Hoop
Finishing the pumpkin hoop:
- flip over the pumpkin
- trim excess fabric. Leave 1/2-1 inch of fabric
- using the hot glue gun, adhere the fabric to the chipboard all the way around
Trim the twine and hot glue to the chipboard.
Add a hanger to the back of the pumpkin hoop. I simply hot glued a picture hanger to the back. The pumpkin hoop is light enough to hold it.
Add a twine pumpkin stem:
- tie a piece of twine around the hoop screw. It can be loosely tied
- wrap the twine around the screw component, hot glueing as you go. I laid a ring of hot glue every three rounds, or so.
- continue wrapping until you have a stem that is the appropriate size for your pumpkin hoop; glue as needed
- finish the stem by filling the inside of the stem with hot glue and pushing some twine down in the opening in a circular pattern.
- trim off the twine and hot glue to secure
It’s easy to make these and will take no time at all to finish a few. Use coordinating colors and patterns to add some fall fun to a gallery wall. I have a few that I made for that craft fair a few years ago and I bring them out every September to decorate the craft room. I love them and I hope you do, too!
Do you love Fall crafting and pumpkins? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. And, let me know if you use my pumpkin hoop tutorial to make your own. Or, as always, you can join in the conversation over at the Desperately Seeking: Inspiration for Creative Living Facebook page. See you there!