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Ombre Dyed Fabric Pumpkins

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By Angela Daniels

October 27, 2016

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Project Description

I was coveting this pretty little fabric pumpkins at my local gift shop so I decided to make my own. It was very easy and requires little to no sewing. Use any scraps of fabric you have on hand and dye them all to coordinate with your favorite orange shades of Rit dye and you'll have festive DIY decor that takes you from Halloween through Thanksgiving.

 

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Prep, dyeing & Rinse time: About 3 hours

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You'll Also Need

  •   pumpkin stem

  •    needle

  •    thread

  •    fabric glue

  •   cotton fabric

  •   glass bowl small

  •   rubber gloves

Step By Step

  1. Cut a circle at least 20" in diameter (bigger for bigger pumpkins). I used 100% cotton so that I could use Rit core dye. If you use synthetic fabrics, make sure to check out tips on dyeing synthetics with Rit DyeMore: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/

  2. You can completely gather the circle up and use glue at the top with a dried pumpkin stem. I had a friend stitch a simple drawstring around the top edges of the circle so I could gather the pumpkin a bit more uniformly.

  3. Once I had all three pumpkins stitched up, I chose my favorite orange shades to dye them.

  4. You only need a few tablespoons of liquid dye to very hot water to dye the pumpkins. I dyed each pumpkin in a mason jar for easy clean-up. To get the best color results, make sure to pre-washed fabric and dye it while it's damp. For an ombre look, dye each section of the pumpkin individually- the longer the fabric sits in the dye bath, the darker it will be.

  5. Once the fabric is dyed, spraying liberally with Rit Dye Fixative and letting the fabric sit for about 20 minutes will give you the most color-fast results (optional). Rinse until the water runs clear. Dry thoroughly and stuff with poly-fill. Stitch up the top and glue the stem in place with a strong fabric or craft glue (I used E6000). And display!

 

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