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Harvest Centerpieces to Sew

Harvest themed table centerpieces can be easy to sew for any skill level. A few ideas to consider:

Fabric Pumpkin Patch - Quick to make fabric pumpkins can be made in just about any size desired. Start with a rectangle of fabric 10” by 20” or any size desired as long as the length of the rectangle is twice the width.

Fold the cut rectangle in half, right sides together, so a squarish tube is formed. Machine or hand stitch the open side. Using sturdy thread or embroidery floss, use a running stitch to close one end, then pull tightly to form the bottom of the pumpkin. Turn right sides out, stuff with poly fiberfill, and stitch/gather the top to secure. Using embroidery floss or strong thread in a long needle, run the thread up through the center bottom of the pumpkin, through the stuffing and out the middle of the top, knot tightly then form the pumpkin segments by wrapping the thread around the outer sides. Knot tightly to secure. Glue a felt made leaf or two to the top as well as a short piece of thick branch or coarse rope for a stem. Make several fabric pumpkins for the table centerpiece, wind artificial greenery around all and add fairy lights if desired to complete the pumpkin patch.

Basket of Worried Turkey Gobblers – A worried looking turkey gobbler can be made of various sizes of yo-yo circles of different harvest themed calico prints. The worried look would come from goggle eyes glued on onto a fat bowling ball body shape. The turkey body can be cut from brown felt. Cut two, stitch together with opening left to stuff with poly fiberfill. Glue on eyes, yellow beak and red felt wattle. Hand sew onto three or four stacked yo-yos to make one turkey. Make several in this manner and add to basket.

Penny Rug Candle Mat - In Colonial times, crafty homemakers would use scraps of wool or felted wool from old clothing, threadbare blankets or felt from hats no longer in use that would be cut into circles of various sizes. The colorful circular designs were then assembled into decorative toppers for tables, dressers and mantles.

Penny rugs were not actually floor rugs at all. Traditional penny rugs were made of layered circles of graduated sizes, sewn on top of each other and stitched together. Many layered circles, known as coins, were then stitched onto a burlap or wool felt background. The top circle is considered to be the size of a penny, though in early Colonial times penny coins were much larger than today. Contemporary penny rugs are often made of appliquéd patterns of favorite animals, hearts and flowers and seasonal shapes. The penny rug is a folk art tradition today and very charming when used as a table centerpiece to hold a large pillar candle.

Penny Rugs as seen on Pinterest.com

Fabric Pumpkins from Martha Stewart

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