Here's some what you'll need -
- Six 5" squares of fabric
- 3" square of brown felt
- 4" x 7" piece of green felt
- Pearl cotton or embroidery floss
- Cloth covered floral wire
- Crushed walnut shells, bird grit or another filler (2 1/2 cups)
- Handful of polyester fiberfill
After you've poured about half of the filler inside, turn the raw edges of the opening under 1/2" and baste around the folded edge with your pearl cotton. Leave the ends so you can gather and tie it off later. Continue adding filling until you've used about 2 1/2 cups. Set pumpkin aside.
Use the freezer paper leaf template to cut two leaves from the green felt. Cut a 4" piece of cloth covered floral wire. Sandwich the wire between the two felt leaf shapes and buttonhole stitch around the outside edge using pearl cotton.
Insert the stem, leaf and tendrils in opening. Draw up pearl cotton to close the opening. Tie tightly in a knot. You can tie the ends in a bow if you like. I threaded mine on a needle and pulled them through to the inside to hide them.
If you're like me and think you'll probably pick that pincushion up by the stem someday, you can secure it to the pumpkin by sewing some tacking stitches back and forth through it stitching it to the pumpkin fabric.