Tuesday, September 6, 2016

New from The Pumpkin Patch and a Tutorial For You!

Hi Friends and Happy September!

Hope you enjoyed a nice long holiday weekend 
for Labor Day!

I'm back in the studio this week after a much needed break and getaway.
It was a wonderful week away 
and I'm doing better with my overused painting and computer arm
doing therapy and icing 3 times a day.
I have to limit my computer time to heal 
so if I'm slow to get around to visit, 
you know why.

Like most of you,
I've also been fall decorating and having fun transforming
Rose Garden Cottage into a fall haven!

Today I have a few pumpkins to share from my little pumpkin patch filling the shelves
in my shop, Rose Garden Market.
Many more styles and sizes are also available in pretty cotton fabrics as well.

These little treasures are created from a variety of fabrics in velour, velvet, knit fabrics and sweaters
I've used real pumpkin stems and wood tree stems cut from short branches.

Here are the directions to create this little gem.

First I made two templates in cardboard from an 8 and 10 inch plate.

I like to use aquarium gravel for weight.
This can be found at any pet store. 
It's clean, dust free and small in size so it doesn't show through the fabrics.

Along with the gravel, I use poly-fill for the stuffing.

I like to use real pumpkin stems when I can 
along with wood tree stems cut from branches,
 cinnamon sticks, jute stems and wood dowels.
Even a vintage spoon can be centered for a stem.
The wood pieces below
 can be found at Hobby Lobby.
The real stems are sold on ebay from folks who farm and grow pumpkins.

Next I cut velour fabric in 8" and 10" rounds using the templates.

With a running stitch  about 1/4" in along the edge of the fabric, I use
coat thread or embroidery floss for a strong hold~
 when pulling together for stitching and closing.

After the running stitch is complete, I add the gravel in the bottom.
A few handfuls is enough to give the lightweight pumpkin some weight.

On top of the gravel, I then add the poly-fill and pull tight the thread to close the opening
and stitch closed.
This step usually requires a back and forth stitch a few times to close for a tight
flat finish.

At this point the stem and trims are added.

For this one I added a wood branch stem and hot glued in place.

A brown sheer ribbon, with acorn button and little stem sign completes this pumpkin.

Here are a few more in brown using real pumpkin stems.

Another with knit fabric.

Blue velour~

Grey velour~

Sweater fabric~

Furry Fabric~

 and black velvet~

This pattern design is easy and quick
I have another pattern created last year
and I'll share that one next time.

Hope you try this little pumpkin.
The sky's the limit to the fabrics you can use
along with the stems and trims.

Have fun!!

See you next week.


Anonymous said...

What a beautiful idea. I will be making these for sure since I have a hard time finding cute decorative pumpkins where I live. Thanks for the great tutorial!

Summer said...

Your pumpkins are all so cute! Happy September to you as well ♥


Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Good Morning My Dear!
Oh this is a wonderful tutorial and I am so excited that you shared it with us!!
I can't wait to give this a try-it truly is almost pumpkin Season and I am thrilled that our Texas Summer is on it's way out!
Take care my friend and heal well and quickly!

Linda said...

These are just adorable!! Thank you for the instructions!

craftyles said...

I love how each pumkin has it's own personality. Love the velvet ones. So cute and a great tutorial. I hope your arm continues to get better-don't do too much until it heals all the way. Have a wonderful week and enjoy the tail end of summer!

Unknown said...

Celestina Marie, Glad you are taking care of your arm. The pumpkins are exquisitely done to perfection. Thanks for share your talent and guidance to help us create too!

MunirGhiasuddin said...

Such a creative bunch of crafts. You have turned simple things into magical presentations. Thanks for sharing. I hope you start feeling better.

Anna said...

They are all beautiful !!!!!!!!!!!
Have a lovely day !

Nancy Chan said...

I love all the different types of pumpkin. You are so creative and talented!

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Love all of them and will be making a few for myself...thanks for showing us how...I really love them all and never would of expected HL to carry wood like this!

The Bear's Blog said...

Love the endless possibilities. Thank you.

1CardCreator said...

Those are awesome! Hope you heal, take it slow. Big hugs, ~Diane

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hello sweet Celeste! Lovely work in spite of having to take time off! You rock!

Roosterhead Designs said...

Glad to hear you are taking care of yourself Celeste!!
Thanks for sharing your beautiful pumpkins and the details for creating them! You are a peach : )
I keep saying I am going to make one (fabric pumpkin) So I better get busy
soon! (It's hard when I work full time...) Have a blessed week~ Karen O

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Those are all so cute- love the big fat stems on the orange ones! Thanks for the tutorial- it doesn't seem too hard! Hope you arm will get continue to heal and you'll feel back to normal soon. I have a wrist that get's real tired and sore when I use the computer too much. I'm going to visit your Etsy shop!!

decorayadora said...

Hi dese Celestibe !! Qué bonitas calabazas .. Gracias por compartir este gran tutoríal

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Hello Celestina,
I love your gorgeous pumpkins you have made and thanks for sharing how to make them with us.
Have a wonderful week.

Valerie-Jael said...

These are really gorgeous creations. Hugs, Valerie

Tete said...

I love the idea of using the fish gravel! Would not have thought of that. I have used beans before...love all the pumpkins and hope your crafty arm is better.

TexWisGirl said...

those are really cute. rest your arm!

Mrs. W. said...


Those are certainly easy enough for even me to make :) There are so many pretty autumn choice of fabric; these should be fun to make.


Stephanie said...

Good evening, sweet friend! Oh, how beautiful and charming your pumpkins are! I just love the lace and embellishments and I must say the stems are fabulous! :) Thank you for sharing your lovely and creative work with us.

Love and hugs to you!


They are so cute! I have made them with sweaters. Very nice that you showed us how you made yours.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Oh Celeste, I hope your arm heals quickly. I did a few murals a few years ago back to back and wound up with throbbing pain for 6 weeks, rehab and icing with exercises. Sorry for your injury. I make my velvet pumpkins the same way but use uncooked rice. I'm going to give the gravel a try, thanks. Your pumpkins look darling. I annually buy pumpkins with the best stems, yup I buy based on stems to dry them out over the year to use for my pumpkins. I was told you can also dry out squash stems and use them too. Love visiting you. Now go rest your arm!

Claudia said...

Hi Celeste,
nice to hear from you again! Your Pumpkins are beautiful! I like them all! Must get mine out for decoration at the weekend!
Have a wonderful rest of the week,
sending Love and hugs and blessings to you, my dear friend,
Claudia xo

Lisa said...

Celeste your pumpkins are so adorable! And thanks for the how-to!

Debbie Harris said...

Hello sweet lady!
Your pumpkin patch is full of delightful pumpkins and of course I love the pink one. :-)
I pray that your therapy does well for you and you will be back to yourself real soon.

Enjoy your beautiful day~~

quakerhillfarm said...

Sweet Pumpkins! I love all of the soft textures. Thank you for the tutorial! Have a great day.

Creations By Cindy said...

Awe sweet lady, I am so glad that you are caring for yourself...as my granny would have said, "Baby there is ONLY one You...so care for yourself! Love your pumpkins and thanks so much for the toot! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Junkchiccottage said...

Love all of these Celeste. One is cuter than the next. Glad your arm is feeling better. Thanks for the tutorial.

Alessandra said...

Hiii! I' m back. Your pumpkins are such beautiful. The fabrics are so lovely, especially the last two...so sweet! Thanks for the tutorial
Hugs Alessandra

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Your pumpkins are so unique and lovely! Great idea using the small stones on the bottom! Other than that I make my pumpkins the same as you do, although your embellishments are definitely prettier than mine. I saved a bunch of real pumpkin stems from last year and haven't used them yet. I got them just by walking around a pumpkin patch and picking up the ones that naturally fell off. I am inspired now!

Linda Walker said...

Your pumpkin patch is full of sweet little pumpkins! I love the lace bows and the flower embellishments! It's a fun time of year for crafts and decorating. I love the colors! That is the way I made my pumpkins this year. Last year I made them by sewing the sections together and then stuffing and stitching! both ways is fun and look cute I think! Yours are precious! Happy fall and happy creating!

Anonymous said...

Happy September. I love your pumpkins. This is my favorite season!

Sue Kosec said...

Just stunning, Celeste. Everything you create is a masterpiece!!!!!!!!!!


Linda M. said...

Hello Celeste, Thank you for sharing your fabric pumpkin tutorial. We are excited about Halloween this year. After living in a wooded country setting for so many years with no costumed visitors we are now in a community area and looking forward to decorating and fun.
Hugs, Linda

Donna said...

What a great tutorial, Celestina! Thank you for kindly sharing! Your pumpkins are just adorable, love your idea for the stems. And that acorn button is so darn cute! Now if we could only start having some fall like weather, right?!

Dorthe said...

They are so lovely, and sweet Celeste, and so many ideas for stems, and the filling, too. Thank you, and best wishes for your arm, soon to be fit, again. Hugs from Dorthe

Anonymous said...

Celeste, I'm not sure if my comment went through so I'll try again. Please delete one if it's repeated. Thank you.

You make everything look so beautiful, Celeste. Always inspiring me. LOVE your new blog look, and I've missed visiting. Nearly impossible to leave blogland, isn't it? It's been a trying summer but I'm looking forward to my favorite season. Catching up here today, friend.
Love and blessings to you always.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I love homemade pumpkins. Celeste, and your tutorial is perfect! I have the one that you gifted me from the Fall teacup exchange out on my nightstand right now. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! xo

NanaDiana said...

Oh- I will miss making pumpkins this year. My sewing 'shop' is closed up now until we sell the house. It goes on the market this weekend. sigh...
You are such a sweet, kind person to share your techniques. That gravel is a great idea. I have always used dried rice but the gravel is a much better idea.

Hope you have a joy-filled weekend- xo Diana

Joy Junktion said...

Sorry to read that you are having arm trouble, sending big prayers! I love your style and beautiful pumpkins! Sometimes, I will go to etsy, just to look at your treasures, every piece you create is wonderful! Rest well and enjoy the rest of your weekend! Blessings to you, Cindy xo

Eilis said...

Your pumpkins are precious. Thank you for the tutorial! I have been wanting to make some.
I hope your arm is back to itself very soon.

Createology said...

Thank you dear for sharing your Pumpkin pattern wth us. The details you add are what give the pumpkins their pretty personalities. Fall is here Y'all...

Kim said...

Oh no, I hope your arm is getting better!! I know the feeling, sadly. I had to give my computer fingers a break this summer, too much typing and middle aged hands apparently do not mix well. Grrr...Anyway, your pumpkins are lovely and I am smitten. I may try to whip up a few myself!! :) Feel good!!

Katie Mansfield said...

I hope you are feeling better. Such cute pumpkins!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh I just love your pumpkins. Thank you so much for the directions on how to make a pumpkin. I am going to try to make a couple. Thanks so much. You do such wonderful work on all your projects.

Have a wonderful week dear friend.


Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Take care of your arm. I am having the same problem. Sometimes I can hardly get on my computer as my fingers and arm start hurting like crazy. Please take care of your self. Your to young get get those problems. Rest your arm and hand.

I love the pumpkins very much.

Have a terrific week.

Red Rose Alley said...

These fabric pumpkins are wonderful, Celestina. I hope your arm feels better soon. I know what you mean.....when I'm on the computer too much, the palm of my hand starts to get sore. We must take a break once in awhile when that happens. Take care, my dear.

love, ~Sheri

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..