The V Spot

Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

A plaid pumpkin? From a thrift shop flannel shirt? Yep!

I was in the Dollar Tree the other day and I picked up a few of those cheesy fake pumpkins.  There is also a Goodwill a few doors down… so of course I had to stop in.  (If I were a dog and Goodwill was a fire hydrant, there would be no way I could go by without sniffing around a little bit.)
There was a flannel shirt there that was in perfect cream, green and rust autumn colors.   So I made a flannel-covered plaid pumpkin.
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It was pretty darn easy and was absolutely cheap to do.

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1. Gather your materials. I used floral pins, but you could use regular straight pins or beaded floral pins too. Grab some twine or rope to cover the stem, and cut the fabric into three strips.  I’m not going to give you measurements… just eyeball it.
2. I needed 3 pieces to cover the pumpkin. Make sure they are long enough to cover the bottom of your pumpkin and then some.  You can always trim it up later.
3. Sort of pleat the fabric around the stem of the pumpkin.  You should be able to push the pin right through the pumpkin.
4. Take the next piece of fabric and slightly fold over the edge so that you have a finished looking edge.  Secure it on the next third of the pumpkin, making sure it overlaps the first piece of fabric just a little.
5. Kindly ignore the messy nail polish and the fact that I’m way over-due for a manicure. Fire up your glue gun.
6. Play with the fabric a little, pulling it down to the bottom of the pumpkin and make little pleats there.  You want the fabric to be pulled tight down the sides, and not loose or puffy anywhere.  When you figure out where you want it, go ahead and glue into place.  Trim fabric after each section is glued down.
7. Carefully glue your twine in a circular fashion, so that the floral pins are covered and the stem is covered.

That’s it.  Cheap and easy.Pin
My boxes of fall decor are still in the garage.  This will get a permanent place once I unpack everything else.  For now, it’s just going to hang out here alone.

Guess what?  My Mod Podged Chair is being featured today over at Roadkill Rescue! Please go check it out!

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69 Comments

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Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

September 13, 2011 at 12:35 pm
Cute, Vivian! You could make quite a basketful with just the one shirt :).
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Shawn said...

September 13, 2011 at 1:00 pm
That is super cute! I may cover my Halloween pumpkins in fall fabric and undress them for Halloween...but that may be too much work this lazy lady!

Thanks for the shout-out, I'm linking you up!
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Connie said...

September 13, 2011 at 1:14 pm
I could totally do that!!
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Joni Nickrent said...

September 13, 2011 at 1:46 pm
Cute idea...love the Dollar Tree! POP ART MINIS
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Richella said...

September 13, 2011 at 2:08 pm
That's wonderful. I have a pumpkin collection (I just realized how cheesy that sounds) that started 26 years ago. After all these years, I don't think I've ever made my own pumpkin. You've inspired me!
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Stacey said...

September 13, 2011 at 2:24 pm
Cute! Think I will try this.
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Nadine Hightower said...

September 13, 2011 at 2:34 pm
That is so creative!
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Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

September 13, 2011 at 2:57 pm
Such a cute idea!
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Impulsive Addict said...

September 13, 2011 at 3:28 pm
It turned out soooo cute!! I love that plaid lil pumpkin! My favorite part is how you wrapped the top so nice and neat!

Where will you place it? And I need to see your fall fireplace decorations!
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Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

September 13, 2011 at 3:39 pm
Love this Viv!! It's so sweet!! The plaid is perfect!
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Xazmin said...

September 13, 2011 at 4:07 pm
Love, love, LOVE! So cute! I'm headed to the thrift store tomorrow - I'll keep my eyes open for a fun flannel shirt that is just asking to be re-purposed!
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Lori E said...

September 13, 2011 at 4:20 pm
Can I use any of my husband's flannel shirts or just the ones he no longer wears?
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Emmy said...

September 13, 2011 at 7:03 pm
That is cute!! I haven't had a chance to make it to our thrift stores here yet- but it is on my calendar for this weekend. I have some beyond ugly pillows that need to be recovered and I am going to try making a sweater cover, we'll see how it goes
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Jingle said...

September 13, 2011 at 7:10 pm
That is super fun!
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Myya said...

September 13, 2011 at 8:26 pm
I love this, like SUPER LOVE it! My favorite part is the stem.
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Babs said...

September 14, 2011 at 12:11 am
So cute. They'd be darling in a big basket or bowl. I love anything plaid/tartan.
Babs
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Artsy VaVa said...

September 14, 2011 at 12:20 am
Hopping over from Savvy Southern Style. I love your flannel covered pumpkin! The project I linked up was a Dollar Store pumpkin that I transformed too! I pinned this!!!
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Bella Vista Cottage said...

September 14, 2011 at 12:35 am
This is a fabulous idea...thanks! I have to do this. Yes!

Barb
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Jo's This and That said...

September 14, 2011 at 1:08 am
So cute!
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Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

September 14, 2011 at 1:43 am
This is so darn cute! I have a dough bowl, and some of these would look great in it. Thanks for sharing the idea!
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refresh reStyle said...

September 14, 2011 at 1:48 am
Love it Viv! Cool idea!
Debbie
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Lisa said...

September 14, 2011 at 2:01 am
Very smart!
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Lynn said...

September 14, 2011 at 2:31 am
I want you to know that I am a strange and bizarre person. I have even been called a member of the lunatic fringe; but I would have NEVER thought of making a plaid flannel pumpkin! Yet I rather like it!
You GO!!!
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Date Girl said...

September 14, 2011 at 3:44 am
You are so creative! I love that cute little pumpkin. I can't wait to go Goodwill hunting for some fall decorations.
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Tanya said...

September 14, 2011 at 4:44 am
Super cute idea :)
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jessica said...

September 14, 2011 at 7:09 am
Wow!! I just saw a large pumpkin downtown in a interior decor shop for 60 bucks similar to this one...I LOVE this idea much better!! I'm gonna go check out the shirt aisle in the thrift store!! Thanks for the simple to understand tutorial!!

~*Jessica
thevelveteenrabbitblog.blogspot.com
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Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

September 14, 2011 at 10:44 am
It turned out cute! I love using old clothes as fabric:@)
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Terry said...

September 14, 2011 at 11:30 am
Great way to recycle old clothes! I think I'm going to have to copy you! Stop on over, I have a linky party going on as well as a giveaway!
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Andrea @Oasis Accents said...

September 14, 2011 at 12:47 pm
It turned out great Vivienne! If it wasn't for $T I probably wouldn't be able to do much crafting. I might just have to copy =)
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Stephanie said...

September 14, 2011 at 1:37 pm
Great idea to use a dollar store pumpkin! I love how it turned out! Your comment about the dog/fire hydrant made me laugh. :)
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~ Laura said...

September 14, 2011 at 4:02 pm
Oh holy cow that is Adorable!!!! What a cute, cute idea!!!!! Seriously, your brain is awesome!!! I'm so happy you share stuff cuz I'd never think of this in a million years!!!!
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MiMi said...

September 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm
That's cute!
And. Are you saying you might pee on the Goodwill?
Sometimes it smells like someone did, ya know...
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Tiffini said...

September 14, 2011 at 6:15 pm
sweet pumpkin:) love plaid too!
xo
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Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

September 14, 2011 at 6:37 pm
How cute and what a great way to use up old shirts or even sweaters I'm thinkin'!!
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Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

September 15, 2011 at 1:56 am
I always have loved plaid and it is so popular this year too. Your pumpkin looks great.
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Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

September 15, 2011 at 1:59 am
Cute plaid pumpkin. thanks for sharing at Wow.
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Carole @ Blue Chateau Interiors said...

September 15, 2011 at 9:59 am
What a great idea! Thanks for the inspiration! I must say, it looks better with the plaid on it than it did fresh from the dollar-store.
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Madigan at madiganmade said...

September 15, 2011 at 10:56 am
What a cute idea! Flannel definitely = fall. Now I want to do a project with flannel. Thanks for the inspiration (and adding to my already long to do list!).
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June Scott said...

September 15, 2011 at 3:06 pm
Great inspiration, Vivienne! I love how you covered the stem!
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The Loops said...

September 16, 2011 at 12:38 am
I am officially in love with this. I can't sew, so I am always looking for ways I can make fabric pumpkins. I hope you'll stop by some time.

http://theloops13.blogspot.com/
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Nike@ChooseToThrive said...

September 16, 2011 at 1:19 pm
Ack! How cute is that?!
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Candace @ Candace Creations said...

September 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm
super cute!

come link up tomorrow at scrappy saturdays!
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Renee said...

September 16, 2011 at 8:34 pm
I love this! It is super cozy looking :) I would love to have you link this up to my Shabby Shares link party over at Rustic Crafts ~ http://rustic-crafts.com/?p=2210
Renee @ Rustic Crafts
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Jessica @ Nuchey's Mommy said...

September 17, 2011 at 12:41 am
Visiting from tatertots & your link jumped right out at me! I love plaid ~ these look great!
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Tricia @ SweeterThanSweets said...

September 17, 2011 at 12:45 am
What a cute idea! It was look awesome on a mantel full of different plaid pumpkins!
(via TT&J)
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NauticalCottageBlog.com said...

September 17, 2011 at 3:28 am
What a unique and adorable idea - I'm off to Goodwill in the morning :O)
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Anonymous said...

September 17, 2011 at 3:32 am
I love it! Plaid is my fave... I will have to give this a try :) Thanks for sharing :)
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mississippi artist said...

September 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm
That plaid flannel is perfect for fall! It just feels cozy. Good job!
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Cara said...

September 17, 2011 at 12:56 pm
LOVE this, how cozy and warm! Would love to have you stop over for a visit sometime....

Cara
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Mindie Hilton said...

September 17, 2011 at 1:45 pm
So country chic, love your pumpkin.
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rebecca @ older and wisor said...

September 17, 2011 at 3:52 pm
Why would I never think that you could stick pins into those (fugly) foam-y pumpkins?? Genius. This combines two things I love: fast and flannel....I'm so making one!
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Renewed Upon a Dream said...

September 17, 2011 at 4:46 pm
Baaaaa! This is so cute! I love it, pumpkin looks so cozy!
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Korrie@RedHenHome said...

September 18, 2011 at 3:40 am
These are cute! I love plaid!
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Cheryl said...

September 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm
This is so cute! You did a beautiful job...thanks for the tutorial. Country Living just did a spread on covering pumpkins with fabric and i thought about trying it...now you've got me inspired!
Your enwest Follower,
Cheryl at My Sister's Cottage
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Jenn Erickson said...

September 19, 2011 at 7:38 pm
Viv, your project is awesome and had the most clicks at "A Little Birdie Told Me..." this week! Can't wait to feature it!

Jenn
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Abby said...

September 19, 2011 at 9:13 pm
Such a cute idea! Plaid screams fall, too. My husband has some extra shirts that no longer fit him. I'll have to make up some pumpkins!
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Lori@KitchenFunk said...

September 20, 2011 at 1:14 am
This is so cute and so easy, I'll have to do it. What a fun way to bring fall colors into the house - I've already got enough orange outside!
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Pamela said...

September 20, 2011 at 1:56 am
Lovely! I want to try it, too. I see a Dollar Store and Good Will in my future!
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Johnnie said...

September 20, 2011 at 3:40 pm
Ummm... love. Pin, stumble, fb.
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Jenny said...

September 20, 2011 at 4:12 pm
The plaid completely works! I would love you to link this up at Creative Me Monday, it's open all week long! Here's the link:

http://www.thesoutherninstitute.com/2011/09/creative-me-monday_18.html

Hope to see you there!
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vikki said...

September 20, 2011 at 7:57 pm
I so have to laugh at all the different pumpkins I have now seen across blogland. From pearls and ribbons to string to now flannel. Good job. Very cute.
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vikki said...

September 20, 2011 at 7:58 pm
I so have to laugh at all the different pumpkins I have now seen across blogland. From pearls and ribbons to string to now flannel. Good job. Very cute.
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Kathryn Michelle Jenkins said...

September 20, 2011 at 11:56 pm
so creative and cute! I'm really into plaid right now. everything plaid seems awesome. you did a great job. I'm a new follower! take care~

kathryn
www.thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com
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Rachel Sue said...

September 21, 2011 at 4:12 am
This is such a fun idea! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

http://reuseandupcycle.blogspot.com
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Crystal said...

September 23, 2011 at 11:23 pm
LOVE this, Vivienne! What a cute idea! Thanks so much for linking up! :) I am featuring this tonight! Hope you have a fabulous weekend! :)
Crystal
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paige said...

September 25, 2011 at 2:18 am
So cute! I'd love for you to link up to my new linky party - Creative Genius @ http://www.thecreativepaige.com!
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Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

September 29, 2011 at 3:44 am
These are darling Viv~ love how they came out!! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday :)
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xinex said...

October 3, 2011 at 8:52 pm
Great idea, so pretty!..Christine
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One More Time said...

October 17, 2012 at 1:48 pm
These are so cute! Would love it if you came by and shared it at Share it One More Time http://www.onemoretimeevents.com/2012/10/features.html

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