Tie-Dye Velvet Pumpkins

August 27 2021

Not your grandmother’s velvet pumpkins. We took the classic fall table decor staple and gave it a colorful, tie-dye twist with Rit DyeMore for Synthetics.

  • White Velvet Fabric
  • Rit DyeMore for Synthetics
  • Stainless Steel Pot for Dyeing
  • Tongs
  • Scissors
  • Fabric Marker
  • Paper Towels
  • Rubber Bands
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Thread and Needle
  • Uncooked Rice
  • Polyester Stuffing
  • Dried Pumpkin Stem or Wooden Stick
  • Hot Glue Gun
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  1. Draw 15-20″ circles onto velvet fabric using fabric marker and carefully cut out with scissors
  2. Pinch velvet circle by center and bind with rubber band. Place another rubber band an inch below the first one as shown below. Set aside and prepare dyebath.
  3. Wear rubber gloves to protect hands from getting stained and to insulate them when working with hot water.
  4. Due to the complexity of dyeing synthetics, you must use the stovetop method to maintain an almost boiling temperature for the duration of your dyeing (200ºF or greater).
  5. Fill a stainless steel pot with enough water to submerge the bound fabric.  We recommend using roughly 4-8 cups of water depending on the size of your pumpkin.
  6. Cover pot and heat water on stove top to just below boiling (or around 200ºF).
  7. When water begins to simmer, add well-shaken dye and mix well.
  8. Submerge bound velvet fabric into dyebath until desired color is achieved.
  9. Rinse in cold water until rinse water runs clear.
  10. Unbind rubber bands and hang to dry.
  11. Once dry, thread the needle and sew a running stitch around the edge of the velvet with one end knotted.
  12. Pull the thread to gather the edges of the fabric together. Flip so that the right-side is facing out.
  13. Place 1/2 cup of uncooked rice into the pouch that has been formed. This will help to weigh down the bottom of the pumpkin.
  14. Stuff remaining space with polyester stuffing. Make sure to keep the gathered area tight to maintain the pumpkin’s shape.
  15. Sew the top of the pumpkin closed and bring the thread down to sew a small stitch at the bottom to create a little dimple as shown. Pull the thread back up, secure it and cut off the excess thread. The dimple will help your pumpkin to stand up straight when displayed.
  16. Adhere a dry pumpkin stem or wood stick to the top of the pumpkin using a hot glue gun. Do your best to cover the gathered area.
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