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Pretty Pumpkin Tablecloth for Fall

Welcome guests to your harvest celebration with a handmade pumpkin tablecloth crafted from cotton and felted wool.

What You'll Need

  • 2/3-yard of 36-inch-wide black wool felt
  • 1 yard of 24-inch-wide, iron-on fusible web (such as Lite Steam-A-Seam)
  • Freezer paper
  • Pencil and scissors
  • Iron
  • 1-1/2 yards of 42-inch-wide ivory cotton print
  • 3 yards (2 packages) of black jumbo rickrack
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Embroidery needle
  • Embroidery floss: ivory
  • 1 yard of 20-inch-wide, lightweight, tear-away fabric stabilizer (such as Sulky Tear-Easy Stablizer)
  • Teflon applique pressing sheet
  • Fabric marker

Download the free pattern.

How to Make It

1. Download and print our free pattern.

2. Following the manufacturer's instructions, apply fusible web to the back of the black wool felt. Do not remove the paper backing.

3. Trace the shaded areas of the pattern (corner details and pumpkins) onto freezer paper and cut out. (The freezer paper shapes will serve as a template.)

4. Using an iron, press each freezer paper shape, shiny side down, onto the felt. Cut out the shapes along the pattern edges. Peel off the freezer paper.

5. To make the tablecloth, cut two 34-1/2-inch squares from the ivory cotton print. Cut four 26-inch lengths of rickrack.

6. Place one print square, right side up, on a flat work surface. Pin a length of rickrack along one edge of the print square, making sure to slope the rickrack off the fabric at each end so the rickrack won't overlap at the corners. Note: The corners of the tablecloth will not lie flat if the rickrack overlaps.

7. Repeat for the remaining sides. Baste the rickrack in place.

8. Using a 1/4-inch seam allowance, sew the print squares together with the right sides facing, leaving a 7-inch opening on one side for turning. Turn right side out and press. Whipstitch the opening closed.

9. Position a piece of stabilizer over the pumpkin pattern and trace the pumpkin pattern, including the stitch-line guides. Repeat to make a total of four stem-and-vine stitching templates.

10. Applique the tablecloth. Place a pumpkin-stitching template onto the right side of a pumpkin felt cutout, aligning all edges. Using the templates as a guide, outline the pumpkins and stems with running stitches. Note: Use three strands of floss for all stitching. Carefully remove the stabilizer by placing your thumb on the stitches and pulling the stabilizer away from your thumb. Repeat for each pumpkin.

11. Outline the ornate corners with running stitches 1/4 inch from all edges.

12. Arrange the cutouts on the tablecloth, removing the paper backing as you work; hand-press the cutouts into place. To avoid scorching, place a Teflon applique pressing sheet over each cutout. Fuse all cutouts into place with an iron.

13. Arrange the stem-and-vine stitching template over a pumpkin stem. Use a fabric marker to trace the vines onto the fabric. Note: When tracing, apply mild pressure with the fabric marker so that the ink will slightly seep through the stabilizer onto the fabric. Repeat for all vines.

14. Lay the tablecloth on a flat surface and position a piece of stabilizer under a vine area to be stitched. Use a small zigzag stitch or satin stitch to machine-sew the vine outline. Repeat for all vines and then remove the stabilizer.

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