I killed a dress, but I saved a pumpkin.

I  bought a dress at a thrift store in the spring and I have never worn it.  It was super cute and summery; sleeveless with sweet little ruffles on the front.   It is sooooo NOT me.
In fact, it actually started mocking me every time I opened my closet….

Really? Planning on going to a polo match soon….?
Meeting the Queen, are we…?
Have you even been going to church? …’Cuz you said that you were going to wear me…
Ruffles? …Seriously?

Carol at The Answer Is Chocolate did a really cute Halloween wreath.  She made it out of an old dress.    She totally inspired me!

I took that mouthy dress, cut it into strips and did this:

Yep. I took one of those uber cheesy Trick-or-Treat pumpkins (that must mate and have pumpkin babies while in storage, because each year there are more and more of them…) and I made it into a decorative pumpkin.

Here’s how I did it:

1. Cut the fabric (or offending garment) into strips.  Mine were about 2″ wide by 18″ long.
2. Take a piece of a dry foam block and hot glue it to the bottom of the pumpkin.  Wedge a skewer into the foam and hot glue that too.
3. Hot glue one end of a strip to the bottom of the pumpkin. Bring it up, wrap it around the skewer and bring it down the other side. Secure that end to the bottom of the pumpkin with a dab of hot glue as well.
4. Repeat the process until the pumpkin is covered.  Wrap the top of the skewer with more fabric. I chose strips of  plain white muslin that I had, in order to give it a little mass.
Once that was done, I carefully snapped the top of the skewer so it would sit at an angle.  I took orange ribbon, re-wrapped the stem and tied a bow.
Definitely not the best project I’ve ever done, but it is certainly better than that plastic pumpkin.
(And it shut that damn dress up.)
Here are a few more examples of pumpkins that were saved by killing bad garments.  Deneen from Dreaming In Color whacked a pair of satin disco pants and made some cool Metallic Pumpkins, and a few weeks ago I cannibalized and old shirt to make my Plaid Flannel Pumpkin.
Check the bottom of the blog to see where I link this project.
Oh! And over the weekend we had our SoCal Social blogger’s event.  Stay tuned for a wrap up and a giveaway or two!
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  1. says

    You definitely get the award for the most creative pumpkins! And I’m glad you got the dress to stop mocking you. Honestly, the cheek. She deserved to be shut up.

    Just occurred to me–this is kind of a reverse Cinderella story, isn’t it? I hope she doesn’t turn back into a dress at midnight!

  2. says

    I have a few mouthy pieces of clothing that need to be silenced! Sadly, what they’re saying is right so until I loose the 18 pounds that has found me I have no choice to be wear them in shame. At least the fat from my ass doubles as a silencer!

  3. says

    ooo, I think you should come to my closet and tell a few old outfits to shut up too. This is the best use of a cheesy plastic pumpkin, besides of course filling it with the good kind of candy. I love the way the dress was mocking you. I have a shirt like that, and I even make myself wear it, I get compliments on it, but the whole time I feel like it is trying to tell the complimenter that it really doesn’t belong on me and why the heck did I even buy it. Guess what, it is ORANGE! I think it may be headed for a Halloween Decor.

  4. says

    How is it that everything you touch is so dang cute??? You know I hate your for this right??? It can totally be fixed though by coming to my house & redecorating for me :)

  5. says

    Why does it look brown now? Is that just the light? I personally thought that dress was adorable and you totally could have rocked it! Can I send you my mouthy pieces from my closet and have you do something with them?


  6. says

    Hi Viv, I am surprised you kept the dress that long, but you must have had plans for it, even though you didn’t know it, LOL I found and am now following you through My Romantic Home and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

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