Fall 2013 Newsletter

FREELOADING Compliments of Judy Murrah, VP of 
Education & Administration for Quilts, Inc.

Looking for a project to spruce up your Autumn décor? Quilt Festival’s very own Judy Murrah creates truly adorable Chenille Pumpkins, many of which she has kindly gifted to members of the Quilts, Inc. office (yes, it pays to work with such creative people!).

And for this edition of Friends@Festival, she is sharing with all of you! Below is a complete tutorial for creating your very own Chenille Pumpkins using chenille or candlestick bedspread and just a few additional easy-to-find (or buy) supplies.

Judy has also included the tutorial on her blog, Everything Old is New Again, and offers many variations of the pumpkins (already made) for sale in her Etsy shop, Judy Murrah Designs.

Chenille Pumpkins


• Chenille or candlestick bedspread

• Cotton fringe from bedspread

• One package or bottle of Rit brand dye in Sunshine Orange or Tangerine and Green found at JoAnn’s, grocery store, or craft store

• Artificial fall leaves and berries on garland or bush found at dollar stores or craft stores

• Sticks from tree for stems each 3″-4″ long and varying diameters

• Raffia

• Button or Carpet thread or other strong, heavy thread

• Polyester Stuffing

• Glue gun and glue sticks

• Foam Core or cardboard box on which to draw templates


STEPS 1 & 2

1. Remove fringe from bedspread by cutting close to tape edge.
Dye fringe in green dye and bedspread in orange dye following manufacturer’s directions.

2. Draw circle sizes listed below on foam core or heavy cardboard box. You want to be able to use a rotary cutter to cut bedspread around this template. Cut out templates.

Size 1          6 1/4″ diameter            9″ circumference

Size 2                9″ diameter           13″ circumference

Size 3              13″ diameter           18″ circumference

Size 4       16 1/2″ diameter            22″ circumference

Size 5       20 1/2″ diameter            30″ circumference


3. Place template on bedspread and use rotary cutter to cut around circle. You will be surprised how much bedspread it takes to make Size 4 and 5.


4. Use heavy thread double and knotted in a large eye needle to stitch around the outside edge of circle. There is no need to turn under the raw edge. Stitch close to the edge.


5. Pull up stitching as tight as possible to gather. Back stitch three
times to secure.


6. Stuff pumpkin until full. The larger the pumpkin circle, the larger the hole that remains. Don’t worry. It will be filled with a stick and covered with fringe.


7. Place stick in middle of stuffing, twisting to make a place for it. Take out stick and put hot glue in center of stuffing. Place stick back in center with a twisting motion until you feel it to the bottom. Glue fringe close to stem and going around the stem.


8. Glue leaves and berries on top of the fringe and into any space between stem and fringe.


9. Put a dab of hot glue on stem and close to pumpkin under leaves. Combine several pieces of raffia and wrap around stem starting at the dab of glue. Bring to front and tie a knot and bow with the raffia.


10. Separate and primp the raffia for finishing touch.

Note from Judy: Make several more in all of the sizes to decorate your house or give to friends. If I have a small piece of Chenille left, not large enough to cut the 9″ circumference size, I cut it just a little smaller so not to waste the scrap.You may prefer to make your pumpkins using the bedspread without dying it as I have done with the pumpkins below. Instead of using the dyed fringe from the bedspread, I used commercially bought fringes and trims. Some of them have beads hanging from the trim. I think that’s fun.You can also use ribbon instead of raffia for a more fancy look. These white pumpkins also look really nice in a cottage chic setting. You can use them in the fall and enjoy them with your Christmas decorations also.

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