Velvet Pumpkins & $50 Jo-Ann Fabrics Gift Card Giveaway

I was lucky enough to receive a box of goodies from Jo-Ann Fabrics & Craft Store, which included everything I would need to make these lovely velvet pumpkins.

Here is all the fun stuff I was working with.

Jo-Ann Fabrics generously donated a $50 Gift Card for one of my lucky readers. If you are ever looking for project ideas or inspiration Jo-Ann Fabrics does have a project page. Jo-Ann Fabrics also included directions to make these velvet pumpkins, which I loosely followed. Here is how I did it.

1. Cut dowel rods into pieces. The big pumpkin was 12 inches and the small pumpkin was 8 inches. Honestly, the husband did this job.

2. Start at the bottom and duct tape the three rods together. Tape about half way up. Cut the unwrapped end at an angle.

3. Brush glitter glue on painted dowel (I set mine in a cup, duct tape side down, to dry), leaves and Natural wire (cut 14-18 inches long).

4. Cut fabric to appropriate size circle. Big pumpkin is 32 inches, small pumpkin is 23 inches. Obviously you can play with sizes to suit your needs.

5. Run a gathering stitch 3/4″ from the edge. This is just a very loose stitch. You pull the thread and the fabric gathers. I YouTubed it to learn how. Pretty simple.

6. Gather loosely.

7. Fill the bottom of the pumpkin with Poly Pellets. This weighs the pumpkin down, giving it a stable bottom.

8. Set the dowel rods in the center and fill with fiberfill. Pull the gathers tightly around the dowel rods and secure with several stitches.

9. Affix coil and leaf by the stem using hot glue.

I really loved how these turned out. I want to make a ton of mini ones. I am going to use them as table centerpieces. I think they scream fall/Thanksgiving glam. I’m hoping to show you how I rock them as part of my table set-up tomorrow, but first I have to clean the crafting mess of the dining room table. Keeping it real here folks.

**Thanksgiving table post with these bad boys as my centerpiece & my fun twist on these pumpkins is now up on the blog. Stop by to see the velvet pumpkin place card holders & Thanksgiving table**

I’m sure you aren’t all here to crush on pumpkins though. I bet you are itching to throw your hat in the ring for a chance to win a $50 Gift Card to Jo-Ann Fabrics & Craft Store. Let’s make this simple.


Leave a comment telling me what project you would tackle with a $50 gift card to Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores. I’m thinking foam, batting and fabric for the headboard I have been dreaming of. One comment and BAM entered. (Please be sure to leave you name and email in the name & email slot so you can be contacted if you are the winner.) If you feel the need to rave about my pumpkins in the comments, go right ahead ;). Giveaway closes Saturday, October 28 at noon (central time zone)

As a courtesy to the host and the generous donor we would greatly appreciate it if you took the time to like Balancing Home on Facebook and Jo-Ann Fabrics on Facebook.

You can save 50% by using this code online halloween137 on or printing off a coupon here. For more Halloween inspiration check out Joann’s Halloween section.

This giveaway is void where prohibited and only open to the United States. You must be 18 to enter. The winner will be chosen using a random number generator. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.

This is a sponsored post. Supplies and compensations were provided for the purpose of this post. All opinions are 100% mine.


She has big plans for some much needed window treatments. Congrats!

The winner has been notified via email & has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.

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  • Melissa F

    Im currently re-doing my reading/craft room so I would buy supplies to help make it look pretty and fill my craft closet a bit!

  • Samantha Hooper

    I love your pumpkins, super cute. I would love to make a felt Christmas tree with ornaments and presents for my daughter to decorate when Christmas comes around. :)

  • gwynne

    Love the velvet pumpkins and could definitely see myself making some of these using the gift card from Jo-Ann’s. Also have some Christmas crafts that I’m needing some materials for (i.e. dowel rods, scrapbook paper, hodge podge, wooden letters)

  • Amanda C.

    I would buy supplies to finish up the curtains in our movie room. Red velvet says movie theater to me!

  • Mare Fairchild

    I would try the pumpkins. They are amazing. I would also get some trim for my felted hats.

  • Natasha Ressler

    Love the pumpkins ^_^ I would use the $50 gift card to make Tulle Christmas Trees :) I saw tutorials for it but just need the supplies >_< With $50 I could make a few of them πŸ˜€ One for me and some for friends ^_^

  • Shellfy Fox Griffis

    I would looove to tackle some draps for some windows! Or some new cushions for my patio furniture! Not sure how hard that would be but I am definately up for the challenge!!

    Shelley Fox Griffis

  • Jean Chambard

    I have old sheet music from the 30/40’s and want to frame them uniquely to hang in my living room! Hope to find either “blank” frames to decorate or unique ones at Jo Anns! Love you site!

  • Juliana Heintz Pace

    OH MY…what wouldn’t I do! I’m a mixed media artist so I’d find plenty to use it on. These pumpkins look really cute, too! I even dye lace to use in my mixed media pieces, too! I’d find out more of what you have in the Florida stores. Haven’t gone to one since Ohio since none are real close to where I live.

  • Deb

    With the holidays coming up so quickly and after making some very cute little drawstring bags for my daughter’s wedding in August I think I’d like to make more for gifts for my sisters…..

  • Janie Johnson

    These pumpkins are ADORABLE…would love to see them on my mantle :o) I’m moving and acquiring a larger place…I’m finally going to get a sewing room (sew extremely excited) I would buy materials to build a cutting table/island

  • Sondra

    Cute pumpkins!!! I would use the gift card to buy batting and fabric to finish up a lap quilt I started and to pick up some yarn for crocheted baby sweaters for my little niece.

    • Megan Bray

      Little miss Martha here. You quilt & knit! Very jealous.

  • Raegan

    Love this!

    • Megan Bray

      Thank you!

  • Kelly Conrad

    Yarn, yarn.and more yarn!!!

    • Megan Bray

      Knit? Crochet?

  • JoAnne

    I totally love the pumpkins. I may be running out for some supplies… If I win the gift card, I will use it for dense foam, etc. as I had some cushions to make for two chairs. (These are the kind with a top, bottom, and a band around it–with piping in the seams.) Joann has some denim with embroidered stars on it that would be perfect for my patriotic house!

    • Megan Bray

      Fancy cushions. I send that kind of work to my MIL ;).

  • sewcalgal

    I attempted to leave a message, but don’t think it went thru.

    I really have been wanting to do a makeover on my old headboard. This gift certificate would definitely help me get it done.


    • Megan Bray

      Headboard is on my list too!

  • Rene Ream

    Love the pumpkins!!! So many projects – so little $ & time!!! I think I would use the gift card for fabric for a shower curtain and valances!

    • Megan Bray

      Ain’t that the truth?! Always time & money.

  • Michelle D. Bell

    I crochet a lot. $50 would go a long way in buying crochet thread. The velvet pumpkins are fantastic. I want to try making some!

    • Megan Bray

      Thank you. I made some mini ones with a fun twist (posting tomorrow). Sounds like you have a hobby that costs you a few trips to JoAnn’s

  • Dell

    I’d love to make a few corduroy jumpers for my daughters using Jo-ann’s wide selection of pinwale cord.

    • Megan Bray

      Sounds like you are quite the seamstress!

  • Ashley Whisenant

    I have had an obsession with pumpkins this fall and I was admiring some very pricey velvet ones online. This might be just the project. I wonder if there is a way to do it without sewing though?

    • Megan Bray

      You could hand see it. I don’t see. I even had to YouTube gathering stitch. Super simple, I promise. Loose stitch, pull the thread.

  • Samantha Jerry

    This is a great idea. I am a hairstylist and I have been thinking of giving my clients something for Fall/Thanksgiving season. I don’t want to give candy or a something generic. This would be great. I could do mini ones that each person could use through out the holiday. With a $50 gift card I could make a lot of mini pumpkins. :0

    • Megan Bray

      You have to see tomorrows post. I made mini pumpkin with a little twist.

  • Janice Knori

    I am working on Christmas stuff now. I’m working toward a craft fair in December, however, I plan to make my coworkers tote bags for Christmas. So need interfacing and fabric, and of course thread.

    • Megan Bray

      Good luck with your craft fair! Lucky co-workers πŸ˜‰

  • Linda

    I’m all about scrapbooking and love Jo-Ann’s selection. I was just there last night. Love looking at their displays. Would love to win!

    • Megan Bray

      So many fun accessories for scrapbooking.

  • JessieC

    I’d like to get fabrics to make some case pillows for holidays.

    • Megan Bray

      Ohh fun! I wanted to try some old sweaters to cozy up the space.

  • Abbe Macbeth

    Those look amazing! Nicely done. I use JoAnn Fabric for all of my cross stitching needs…I would go nuts there on buying more fabric, floss, and accessories!

    • Megan Bray

      What kind of things do you cross stitch? Wall hangings? Pillows?

  • Bridget

    I’m sure I could hunt down some fun projects for Kennedy!

    • Megan Bray

      I bet you could ;). She is getting so old!

  • Susan

    I so badly want to make a Christmas tree skirt, but finding money for myself always seems selfish

    • Megan Bray

      I know exactly what you mean. Never seems to end either. A Christmas tree skirt sounds divine!

  • Teri

    I am making all my Christmas ornamentswith a beachy theme this year so the gift card would be awesome! Please pick me. Thanks!
    Have a fun Halloween!

    • Megan Bray

      Sounds fun. Do you do different ornaments on the tree every year?

  • inshock1

    yarn, yarn and more yarn, i crochet πŸ˜‰

    • Megan Bray

      Very cool. I don’t know how to crochet or knit :(.

  • Donna Consiglio

    I just started learning how to sew 2 months ago and I love making doll clothes for my daughter and volcanoes, caves and rocks for my son, so I would probably get fabric, fabric and more fabric!

    • Megan Bray

      Sounds like someone found a new hobby! Great skill to have.

  • Cortney Boas Palmatier

    I think I would make my girls some sweet litle dolls and a handbag to carry them in πŸ˜€

    • Megan Bray

      Sounds like some lucky girls!

  • Sally C

    Anything to add to my craft supply stash! When the mood hits, I love having things on-hand!

    • Megan Bray

      Me too! I craft based on what I find and what inspires me.

  • Sarah Linette

    I love those! I would buy supplies to make some DIY Christmas gifts.

    soluckyducky at gmail dot com

    • Megan Bray

      Ooohh…DIY Christmas gifts? Spill! What ya thinking of making? My sister made coasters for me last year with tile.

  • Michelle Mindt Myers

    I’d have to make my hubby a warm fuzzy blanket for the cold winter nights that are on their way. Possibly getting snow in the next day or so..

    • Megan Bray

      I can’t believe it is that time if year already!!

  • Laura (Mama) Karaba

    I would use the $50 Joann’s gift card to get the Inkadikadoo Stamping gear deluxe set. It would be SO fun to use on cards and scrapbook pages! (Thanks for the chance to win free stuff to feed my papercrafting addiction!)

    • Megan Bray

      Sounds like you know EXACTLY what you want ;). Yes, my craft closet spills over. It is all very addicting.

  • kelly

    I would like to complete some scrapbooks that I have been working on . Thank you.

    • Megan Bray

      Oh my! I’m so far behind on scrapbooking.

  • Pam Lee

    I would like to buy new fabric, batting and etc. to make Christmas stockings for my family!

    • Megan Bray

      I love stockings! Sounds like a fun project.

  • Jen w

    I would make some baby things for our new arrival or maybe some new Christmas stockings!! So fun, and your pumpkins are awesome!!

    • Megan Bray

      Thank you & congrats. We are also expecting :)

  • Donna O’Neil

    I want to learn how to sew and I think I will put the money towards a sewing machine,

    • Megan Bray

      Noble goal! Sounds like a good investment.

  • Polly Patterson

    I love JoAnns. I hated it when our store in Fort Smith Arkansas closed. I could do a lot of projects with a $50 gift card!!!!

    • Megan Bray

      That stinks! Hope you have another one close by. There is always online, but it isn’t the same.

  • Adriana Rangel

    I would love to use the gift card to get a hold of some fabric to make me a few outfits to wear~ It’s so hard to find long pants and shirts in a style I love.

    • Megan Bray

      How cool that you are talented enough to make some!

  • Dawn Riggle

    If I win the gift card I would buy fabric, I started buying fabric for some doll clothes for my grand dauther.

    • Megan Bray

      How fun! Custom doll clothes…lucky girl!

  • Steph @ Crafting in the Rain

    I’d love to make some skirts for my girls…or a new Christmas wreath :)

    • Megan Bray

      So you are a sewer Stephanie?

  • Suzanne Havlicek

    Wow that $50 would buy this disabled quilter some much needed fabric to quilt my Xmas gifts this year! Thanks for the chance to make that possible…. Love JoAnn fabrics!

    • Megan Bray

      A handmade quilt! What lucky recipients.

  • gigi

    i’d buy fabric for a couple of chairs I’d like to reupholster.

    • Megan Bray

      Sounds fun :)

  • Becky M.

    Love the velvet pumpkins and appreciate the simplicity of them,I’m a multi-crafter,so a $50.00 gift card would be used for anything from paint supplies to fabric,that’s the nice part about shopping at Jo-Ann’s they have all the goodies!!

    • Megan Bray

      Like kids in a candy store πŸ˜‰

  • Erin

    I would start getting my Christmas crafts going so maybe I’ll get them done in time for the holidays. Pick me pick me!

    • Megan Bray

      Oh gosh! Christmas is going to be here before we know it! Love Christmas crafts.

  • Elizabeth Zikmund

    I would get a lot of yarn and finally knit my husband a winter sweater!!

    • Megan Bray

      Impressive! I can’t knit a scarf.

  • Kelly Ann Zeigler

    I would love to try burlap and lace tablecloth. I fell in love with this combo and plan to make them for my DIY wedding this summer.

    • Megan Bray

      DIY weddings are so fun. That tablecloth sounds gorgeous.

  • Maureen

    I have a number of items I would love to knit for others for Christmas gifts and I would love to get some yarn.

    • Megan Bray

      I tried knitting a scarf once. It had wavy sides and lots of holes in it. Maybe some day I will try again. Pretty tricky stuff!

  • Throuthehaze

    I love those pumpkins!!! I have some frames I want to revamp so I would probably spend the gift card on paint, brushes, etc.

    • Megan Bray

      Frame makeovers sound fun. My mom just did that with some silver metallic paint. They turned out great.

  • Robyn

    The blanket I am going to be making for my little one on the way! I would spend the rest on some cute decor items!

    • Megan Bray

      Congrats! I made a blanket for my son’s first birthday. It became quite the lovey. Still sleeps with it 3 years later.

  • Pamela Travis

    Those are cute pumpkins… they would make a super Thanksgiving centerpiece. I would love to win the gift card so that I could finally make some of the many pinterest ideas, including a bed skirt and some felt/foam learning toys for my girls.

    • Megan Bray

      Sounds like fun stuff. I think we all have a Pinterest list a mile long!

  • Chained Edge

    Thank you for the giveaway!! I would use the gift card toward buying feathers/feather pads, beads, glue, and chain for shoulder epaulettes and fabric, thread and notions for skirts, tops and/or a dress.

    • Megan Bray

      Sounds like you have quite the plan!

  • debbie

    The pumpkins are cute. I would love the gift card to help get the supplies I need to make a Malificent costume i want to make for when I go to the Wicked Fair in Feb.

    • Megan Bray

      Thank you. Sounds like you know your way around a sewing machine. Have fun at your conference and good luck with your costume.

  • Margaret Watson

    I would very much like to win the grift card to make christmas tree skirt and other stuff toys. I love the pumpkins I will try to make some for Thanksgiving HOPE I WIN

  • Margaret Watson

    I would very much like to win the grift card to make christmas tree skirt and other stuff toys. I love the pumpkins I will try to make some for Thanksgiving HOPE I WIN

    • Megan Bray

      A Christmas tree skirt would be fun!

  • Sarah Elizabeth Godar

    my nephew is turning two on new years eve and I’m attempting to make him a lot of stuffed animals

    • Megan Bray

      What a lucky nephew :)

  • Rosela Wilson

    Love the Velvet Pumpkins !!! They were very pretty. I’m going 2 try and make a couple also … Great Idea !!!

    • Megan Bray

      I had so much fun with them, I put a new spin on them & will be posting tomorrow.

  • Iraima Mari

    They are awesome, I make them, I would like to make a gift card to buy fabrics, I do pachworks

    • Megan Bray

      Are patch works like quilts?

  • Isabelle

    Love the pumpkins! I would use the card to set up a space for homeworks for my kiddos… Or Christmas crafts? So much to do, so little time! LOL

    • Megan Bray

      I can’t believe how close Christmas really is! My little ones are 4 & 1…hard to imagine a world with homework, but it will be here soon enough.

  • Jan

    Loved the pumpkins. Ready to move fom spray paint and glitter to velvet. I would use the card to buy fabric for Christmas outfits for my granddaughter and great nieces. Love your blog

    • Megan Bray

      Thank you! Lucky girls! I haven’t even thought about what the kids will be wearing for Christmas. Can’t believe how close it is getting.

  • mcasper10

    I actually am crushing on your pumpkins- and your keeping it real. I am working on an office for my daughter and I, but most crafting seem to happen on the kitchen table! I too would like to try a burlap tree skirt this year, but laid off from work so the gift card would help.

    • Megan Bray

      A craft/office space would be a dream. We just don’t gave the square footage. I do have an upstairs hall closet to store all my crafty goodness. Sorry about your job situation. Hope it turns around soon :).

  • Jennifer Harris Hodges

    I would love to buy fabric to make some new pillows!

    • Megan Bray

      OMG! Pillow addict here :)

  • Kellye Cozart Arnold

    Cute pumpkins! I think I’d sit & pet the velvet all day… I love Joanns. It’s the only place in town to get good, reasonably priced fabric. I’d us the gift card towards supplies for Christmas presents. I’m trying to do a mostly DIY Christmas this year… (I better get on that!)

    • Megan Bray

      I love a DIY Christmas!

  • Lindsey

    I would use the card to make my little 5 month old a tutu and headband for Christmas and for help with the DIY gifts we’re doing! LOVE your pumpkins! I want to make them next year to decorate our new home! :)

    • Megan Bray

      Love tutus on little girls!

  • Kimberly Berry

    Love Joanns!!! I would probably get more supplies to make quilts….or there was this really pretty material that I want to make a dress, but it was a bit pricey.

    • Megan Bray

      For that dress fabric, did you see the 50% off? Someday I will make a quilt.

  • Sharlene Piscitelli

    I would love a gift card to get some fabric for much-needed window treatments in my home.

    • Megan Bray

      Finally have all our windows dressed. It was a big & expensive job. Good luck!

  • Katy More

    Nice Pumpkins! I would use the gift card to buy supplies for gifts! I love making gifts for friends and family!

    • Megan Bray

      Handmade gifts are the best!

  • G Johnson

    Those are some happy pumpkins to be all dressed up in their velvet finery! Very pretty!

    I would love to win a Jo-Ann’s gift card! That’s my favorite one stop crafty things place to shop because they carry the craft supplies & the fabric! I am a wreath making fiend & I just finished a new Halloween wreath but I don’t have a Thanksgiving wreath yet! I would love to make a torn fabric wreath in beautiful fall colors!

    Hey, if you have time, take a look at my Eyeball Flower Halloween Wreath at:

    • Megan Bray

      I tried looking at the wreath, but it looks like I don’t have permission. Bummer!

  • Kristy Mclinden Cirillo

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    I would get the fabric for my curtains and my letter art… and I’m sure I could find a few more things too!

  • Pati Akers

    I would love to make the pumpkins! I work in hospice and these would be great to share with my nursing home patients. Thank you for all the wonderful projects and the gift of your time.

    • Megan Bray

      You are so welcome. Thanks for the wonderful & encouraging words!

  • Chelle

    I would make clothes for my new Gran Girl coming in Jan!! I am SO excited!!! Thank you for sharing your creativity & time w/ us all!!! You are the BEST!!!

    • Megan Bray

      Blushing!! Thanks.

  • Chelle

    Too bad there is no LOVE button on FB!!!!! I would SO love you & JoAnns

    • Megan Bray

      Aren’t you just the sweetest!

  • Chelle

    Oops, forgot to say Beautiful Velvet Punkies!!!! I have a soft spot for velvet & seeing those pumpkins makes my heart melt!!!!

    • Megan Bray

      Aww! Thanks girl.

  • Cindi

    I am getting ready to make handmade ornaments for each family which are a part of our family! Also, I “LIke” Balancing Home and Joann’s on Facebook…Many thanks for this amazing prize giveaway! Cindi


    • Megan Bray

      Handmade ornaments are soo fun! I did an ornament exchange last year & it was so fun :).

  • Rachael Bleymaier

    I just love the pumpkins! They’d be awesome filled with fall-scented stuff and with cinnamon sticks for stems, too. πŸ˜‰ I have been looking to win a JoAnne’s gift card because I’m trying to sew my own wardrobe to save money and because I need clothes, and I need materials to do so. I’m also an artist and crafter and need some paints and such. So, that is what I would get with the gift card…some basic and practical things I have been needing for a long time. Thank you for the giveaway!

    • Megan Bray

      OMG! Potpourri pumpkins…I.LOVE.IT

  • Rachael Bleymaier

    My email address is, btw. :)

  • Kelsey Winter

    The velvet pumpkins turned out beautifully! I think I would use the money to refurbish a few items around my house. The first one being covering an old bulletin board with some awesome fabric. So cool!

    • Megan Bray

      I covered a bulletin board with burlap and lined it with upholstery tacks. It turned out fab. Good luck with yours!

  • colleen boudreau

    I want to re upholster one of my old chairs.
    holliister at gmail dot com

    • Megan Bray

      Fun! Are we talking chair seat or the whole kit & caboodle?

  • Leslie Williams

    I would make some more baby blankets & finish my quilt!

    • Megan Bray

      I made my son a blanket for his first birthday & bought the stuff for my daughters, but never got around to it. Good luck on finishing that quilt.

  • Peggy Craft

    I would start working on my Christmas gifts. This year I am making wool scarves!

    • Megan Bray

      Sounds wonderful. So many knitters in the group. Not me! My one attempt was a complete failure.

  • kjasus

    i would like to crochet my son a spiderweb blanket

    • Megan Bray

      That sounds really cool and right up a little boy!s alley!

  • Michelle Lunt

    Every year I say I am going to make some velvet pumpkins . . . but still haven’t done it! I love yours – they turned out so nice – congrats on getting them done!

    • Megan Bray

      Thanks! This is gonna be the year πŸ˜‰