Fabric covered pumpkins
A friend showed me how to make these fall pumpkins. I redesigned her technique but the look is the same. The core is a styrofoam ball, scored to make the sections. I cut eliptical shaped pieces of fabric and used a blunt edged knife to push the edges of the fabric into the incisions. A stem, a few fall leaves and a raffia bow glued to the top finish it quite nicely.
After I cut one out, I noticed I had lots of odd shaped scraps of fabric left over. I scored the styro ball as usual, laid a small scrap on one section and pushed the edges in. Where it ended, I scored another incision and pushed the remaining edge into the ball. I kept adding these odd shaped scraps to the ball until it was covered. I found I had a ball with the look of cobbles or the surface of a loaf od monkey bread. It's very different but I rather like it.
After so many nice comments about my pumpkins, I decided to post the instructions. I wrote them up so, if there's any mistkes, it's my fault. The only change I would make is to tell you to use more pins---Instead pf pinning the fabric to the ball at just the top & bottom, put several pins in a row down the center to keep the fabric in place while you push the edges into the grooves. I also recommend that you make 2 copies of the instructions so you can cut the pattern from one and still have the instructions. Check to make sure the pattern printed true to size. Place it on a section of the ball and make sure there is about 3/8 to 1/2 an inch to tuck in.