Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Squishy Squash

Thanks to my friend 'e' at pinksuedeshoe, I was inspired to make these fellas as a hostess gift for our sweet friends that put us up for Thanksgiving. There is still time to whip some up for your Hallowe'en or harvest table using her free tutorial.

Fabric Pumpkins 4by Poppyprint

It is the same family who hosted us last year and we had another wonderful holiday weekend; Neighbourhood strolls with beautiful views, soccer in the rain, Mexican dinner out, used book exchanging for the kids, a retro-barber shop visit for B, jamming in the basement music pad (turns out D is quite the drummer!), hard work on a math assignment for T (boo hiss on a holiday weekend!), cheering for the Victoria marathon runners, and as always, a delicious harvest feast.

Fabric Pumpkins 3 by Poppyprint

These pumpkins may be a bit too squishy. I tried to stuff them as much as possible (I recycled the stuffing from an old pillow no one will sleep on anymore), but they still wrinkled when I pulled the floss tight around the seams. No worries, my dear friend loves her new pumpkins. There are dried lentils in the bottom for weight and stability. The felted wool stems are courtesy of the hand-dying skills of Paulette, the white stripey pumpkin is an old men's shirt, the orangey stripes are a Kaffe shot from India that has been in my stash forever and the mod orange one is Picnic Parade by Jenean Morrison for Free Spirit.

Don't you just love putting love into a gift for someone that you know will truly appreciate it? I know I do. And she does, too.

11 comments:

felicity said...

Making gifts for an appreciative audience is always so rewarding.

Love the punkins. And the new blog header photo - so festive!!

Amy said...

Oh, I am so glad you found time to make them. They are so cute! It looks like they are stuffed well enough in the pictures! I bet they made the table oh so festive. Glad you enjoyed yourselves.

Emma Kate said...

Gifts made with love are the best gifts of all. I love your pumpkins :D

traceyjay said...

oh my heck they're cute! I need some too! :-D :)

Jackie said...

Love the pumpkins and they are a fantastic gift!! I especially love the Kaffe Sunshine Woven. That, of course, is one of my favorites. Great job!

pinksuedeshoe said...

Love the fabrics you picked, particularly the Kaffe stripe. Oh, and the polka dots. I do love me a good polka dotty pumpkin.

bearpaw said...

These are just gorgeous! They are definitely going on my 'to do' list!

carol said...

You always find the neatest stuff to make!!! I'm flippin' out here!

Dianne said...

What a lovely friend and houseguest you are!! Adorable pumpkins and the photos capture the sunny Thanksgiving weekend that we had perfectly.
I can feel the warmth and smell the pie!! :-)

paulette said...

Love the pumpkins...SEW cute!! Your friend will love them!! I'm trying to get caught up on visiting...sheesh two days and I have missed a ton of happenings!! Take care!!
Paulette

Tiffany said...

Super cool & oh so fun! These are a terrific hostess gift - the gift that keeps giving...and giving year after year. Love the fabrics too!