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Rustic Burlap Pumpkin

Rustic Burlap Pumpkin

I love autumn best of all the seasons.  It’s always been my favorite time of the year and I only truly feel alive when there is a nip in the air.  Living in Louisiana all my life I THOUGHT the fall leaves were beautiful, but it wasn’t until my husband and I lived in Virginal for a while that I made my first trip to the mountains and discovered how colorful fall leaves really are.

Subsequent visits to the Ozark, Ouachita, and Smokey Mountains proved equally colorful.  It’s been a while since I’ve last visited the mountains – illness has prevailed both physically and financially  – and I have no hope of visiting them soon but sometimes when I drive through a hilly (for Louisiana) area I pretend I am in the mountains.

Right now pretending and creating fall crafts will have to be enough.   So I present to you this Rustic Burlap Pumpkin.  I am using mine as an ornament for my Fall Garland but you could use this on a greeting card or a scrapbook page or even frame it for a cute fall wall decoration or use it as a package decoration for a fall gift.


  • Burlap, assorted colors
  • Cardstock
  • Embroidery thread, orange
  • Fabric glue
  • Green buttons
  • Raffia

Also Needed

  • Bamboo skewer
  • Needle
  • Scissors

Photo Tutorial




Fall Leaf Ornament

Fall Leaf Ornament

I wanted to do a little something different, kinda multimedia-ey, with a package of really cute fall silk leaves I picked up at Dollar General. This ornament was inspired by the stitched hearts I am making from an old, literally falling apart, quilt and one of my last year’s Christmas projects involving gluing shapes to paper bags.  So looking at my bag of leaves I thought “Hey, why not combine the two?” and thus this ornament idea was born!

While I was stitching I was reminded of the Doctor Who episode “A Good Man Goes to War”.  In this episode a human female “Order of the Headless Monks” solider hailing the Gamma Forest stitched a prayer leaf (a good luck token) for the kidnapped Amy’s newborn baby girl, Melody Pond.   The solider, Lorna Bucket, only joined the order’s army in an attempt to meet the Doctor, who she met as a child, once again.  She later goes to warn the Doctor’s Army of treachery and fights with them but is slain.

It doesn’t really resemble the prayer leaf much but just somehow the hand – mind connection was firmly established while I was stitching!  Maybe it’s just the time immortal figure of a woman hunched over her sewing placing well wishes for the recipient with every stich taken.


  • Silk fall leaves
  • Embroidery thread
  • Rick-rack
  • Buttons
  • Fabric strips
  • Paper bags
  • Fabric glue
  • Brown cardstock

Also Needed

  • Bamboo skewer
  • Needle

Photo Tutorial

Thanks so much for stopping in, and as always I love for your comments!

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

Mini Fabric Wrapped Button Wreath

Mini Fabric Wrapped Button Wreath

At first glance a shower curtain ring might not seem to be the ideal mini wreath base, but add a little quilt batting and some seasonal fabric and you’ve got the perfect base for your mini wreath!



Last spring a chance trip to a thrift store netted me 18 wooden curtain rings for $1.99 and I been hooked on making mini wreaths ever since!

While looking for more wooden rings on the cheap (these are pretty expensive to buy outright in bulk!) I kept seeing shower curtain rings for dirt cheap – so the wheels started turning and I came up with a way to use these inexpensive plastic rings for spectacular Mardi Cras and Valentine’s Day Curtain Ring Ornaments.  Click on the link to see how I did it!

I made a few fabric wrapped mini grapevine button wreaths for my Christmas tree last year but just thought that using them as the wreath base was just too expensive.  I continued to wrestle with the need for a CHEAP wreath base until I remembered the Candy Cane Package Decorations I made that were inspired by my friend Maggie’s Fabric Wrapped Candy Canes.  She uses plastic candy canes for a base and I had tried some with some super skinny (remember these?) purchased at a flea market.  I didn’t like how they looked so I used quilt batting to pad them out.  Remembering this, the “Mini Fabric Wrapped Button Wreath” was born!


These are very cute hanging on a seasonal tree or wreath.  Or suspend one or two on long ribbons and hang them in a window,

This is a great craft for kids as it is very easy to do. And at less than 15 cents each it is also very inexpensive – – – making it a great craft for a crowd.

And while it is easy enough for kids, teens and adults can be challenged enough to keep their interest.

Customize it to the season simply by changing the color of the fabric, buttons and trim. So it works for Valentine’s Day, spring & Easter, Harvest, Christmas, etc. all equally well.

Use your mother’s or grandmother’s vintage buttons to create a heirloom ornament.


  • Shower curtain rings
  • Quilt batting strips
  • Torn fabric strips
  • Trim:   ribbon, lace, rick-rack, etc.
  • Embellishments:  buttons, mini wooden shapes, ornamental buttons, string of seed pearls, etc.
  • Ornament hangers


Also Needed
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Cotton swabs or paint brush


  • Rings: On-hand or around 8 cents each
  • Fabric: On-hand or $1 a yard and up
  • Buttons: On-hand or $2 and up for 30



Photo 1: Assemble supplies. Cut strips of quilt batting. Tear strips of fabric. Both need to be about 1 inch wide and 14 inches long.

Photo 2: Starting at the open end (this will be the top of the wreath) of the shower curtain ring wrap the quilt batting strip around the ring. Apply tape or glue to hold.

Photo 3: Attach the torn fabric strip to the top of the wreath with a little glue and then wrap around the ring overlapping the edges until the ring is completely covered. Trim end and the glue to hold.

Photo 4: Secure end with glue. Allow to dry.

Photo 5: Glue buttons on the wreath.

Photo 6: Wrap contrasting trim around the top of the wreath several times and then tie the ends into a bow. Insert ornament hanger under trim. Glue a button and/or other embellishment in the center of the bow if desired.


  • Wrap very narrow trim all the way around the wreath if desired.
  • Instead of gluing a mini ornament on the wreath tie it to the top of the wreath before adding trim and let it hang freely in the center of the wreath.
Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   
Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.
Thanks again. 
Melba a.k.a. buggalcrafts

Plastic Lid & Leftover Valentine Card Ornament

Plastic Lid & Leftover Valentine Card Ornament

Here’s another ornament for your tree!

These simple to make ornaments are also inexpensive enough for a crowd to make.  Consider making these at a craft fair, etc.

This is a great kid’s craft. As it uses items already on hand it is essentially a FREE CRAFT! 

Make a dozen of these to decorate a seasonal tree with. 

Or make them with your child for their class as a unique Valentine’s Day card.

these can also be easily adapted to fit any season or holiday!


  • Pringle’s lid
  • Valentine’s card
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Ribbon and other trim
  • Foam adhesive squares

Also Needed

  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Pencil or pen


Photo 1:  Assemble supplies.

Photo 2:   Trace & cut scrapbook paper background if needed. Trace & cut Valentine card to fit inside the lid. Cut it out a little to the right of the trace line.

Photo 3 Add embellishments. To make ornament 3D, cut out parts of the card and use adhesive foam squares to attach embellishments

Photo 4:  Glue on a bow and your ornament is ready for the tree!

Photo 4: Glue on a bow and your ornament is ready for the tree!

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.

Thanks again. 

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