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Embroidered-Floral Applique Pumpkin

You don't need magic beans to cultivate this ethereal pumpkin. The delicate tendrils encircling it are actually fabric appliqués from a crafts store.

applique pumpkin

Photography: Ngoc Minh Ngo

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2018

Introduction

Note: We chose a smooth pumpkin with a unique pale-pink skin that contrasts softly with the embroidery colors, then gave the blushing beauty pride of place on a moss-covered pediment. But it will look just as lovely at the center of a table or spotlighted on your stoop.

 

For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of Pumpkin Carving and Decorating Ideas.

materials

  • Pumpkin

  • Appliqués (Similar to shown: M&J Trimming iron-on leaf metallic trim, 11⁄8", in Gold, $10 per yd., mjtrim.com; Mood Designer Fabrics cream floral left-side appliqués, 10" by 3.5", $8 each, moodfabrics.com.)

  • Straight pins

  • Thimble (optional)

steps

  1. Place floral pieces where you want them, and secure them with straight pins. (Tip: A thimble is helpful for pushing pins into the pumpkin.) Repeat on surface of pumpkin until coverage is desired.

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