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Soiree Style We Swear By

Nothing calls for a flashy fete quite like New Year’s Eve. Between keeping your pals entertained to creating an #instaworthy theme, we’ve got a few tips to ensure hostess victory.

Soiree Style We Swear By from Layla Grayce

Tips and Tricks

  1. You can never go wrong with a black and white color palette. Incorporate the classic duo with serving pieces, balloons, and even your ensemble (LBD, anyone?).
  2. Punch up the glam with a dash of metallic. There’s nothing more fab than a hint of glitz, be it on an accent tray, in glittering confetti, or on your wrist.
  3. Get your gourmet on. Snacks are key in a party prep sitch – you can spend hours recreating that canape recipe from Pinterest or call up your BFF’s catering company.
  4. Never underestimate the power of a good toast. Let the champagne flow and raise a very chic glass to the New Year with a set of classic coupes.
  5. Get the lighting right. When midnight rolls around your party pals will be all too grateful for a soft glow. Set the tone with our Lumiere Candle Holders

Soiree Style We Swear By from Layla Grayce

1. Rosanna Soiree Noire Plate Set of 12 2. Rosanna Porcelain Bunting Save Water Drink Champagne Sign 3.Rosanna Kashmir Glass Flute Set Of 12 4. Rosanna Soiree Glass Large Coupe Set of 4 5. Rosanna Soiree Noire Wine Coaster

We’re dreaming of a French Christmas…

Nothing compares to the holidays. Gathering the family together, cooking, baking, and creating traditions are what the season’s all about. The Christmas meal is something to be celebrated. Why not go with a theme for the main event this year? The French do Christmas dinner right with elevated comfort foods and detailed desserts. We’ve gathered a menu for a very French Noel, and it surely will not disappoint.

French Christmas Dinner from Layla Grayce

Coq au Vin is a traditional dish full of flavor. It’s one of those simmer-for-hours delights that gets better with every minute on the stove. Ideally you’ll have this going while guests arrive to maximize entree anticipation. The smell is just that good. Bonus: It’s the perfect excuse to stock up on red wine!

The ideal French side dish? So many to choose from, but whipped potatoes serve as a creamy, cheesy backdrop to the sumptuous chicken in your Coq au Vin. Aligot (as they’re called) can be easily made while the meat simmers.

To finish the Frenchy feast, go all the way with a Buche de Noel, better known as a Yule log. This complex treat is the perfect way to get the kids involved and keep little hands busy, not to mention a delectable end to a meal.

French Christmas Dinner from Layla Grayce

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle (750ml) Pinot Noir
  • 5 fresh flat-leaf parsley sprigs, plus 2 Tbs. finely chopped parsley
  • 3 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 leek (cut lengthwise)
  • 6 oz. thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 3 1/4 lb. whole chicken legs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb. small button mushrooms
  • 3/4 lb. shallots, halved
  • 1 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 2 Tbs. all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 lb. carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces

Directions:

  1. Preheat an oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large saucepan over high heat, boil the wine until reduced by half, about 15 minutes. Place the parsley sprigs, thyme sprigs and bay leaf against the cut side of the halved leek and tie with kitchen twine. Set aside.
  3. In a 5 1/2-quart Dutch oven over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Discard all but 2 Tbs. of the fat from the pot. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Set the pot over medium-high heat. Working in 2 batches, brown the chicken, turning once, 8 to 10 minutes per batch. Transfer to a plate.
  4. Discard all but 2 Tbs. of the fat from the pot. Return the pot to medium-high heat, add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until they are beginning to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the shallots and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium and melt the butter. Add the garlic, tomato paste and flour and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in the reduced wine and the broth, increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Add the bacon, chicken, mushroom mixture, carrots and bouquet garni. Cover, transfer to the oven and bake until the chicken is tender, about 1 1/2 hours.
  6. Transfer the chicken to a plate. Skim the fat off the sauce, set the pot over medium-high heat and simmer until the sauce is thickened, 12 to 15 minutes. Adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper. Discard the bouquet garni. Return the chicken to the pot. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve immediately. Serves 4 to 6.

French Christmas Dinner from Layla Grayce

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. Yukon gold potatoes (about 4-6)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1-1½ cups whole milk
  • 4 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 4 oz. Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • Ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Peel, rinse, and chop the potatoes into ½-1 inch chunks.  Place the potatoes in a large saucepan or pot, and cover with water, salting lightly.  Bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce the heat to a simmer over medium-low and cook until the potatoes are tender and easily break apart when poked with a fork, about 15-20 minutes.  Drain the potatoes and transfer to the bowl of a food processor.  Wipe out the pan for later use.
  2. Add the butter, garlic, and salt to the potatoes in the food processor.  Pulse until the butter is melted and incorporated into the potatoes, about 10 brief pulses.  Add 1 cup of the milk through the feed tube and continue to process until the mixture is smooth and creamy, about 20 seconds, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Return the potato mixture to the now empty saucepan and set over medium heat.  Mix in the cheeses until completely melted and incorporated, stirring frequently.  The mixture will be thick and elastic.  If the mixture is too thick or difficult to stir, add the remaining ½ cup of milk a little bit at a time until the texture is loose and creamy.  Adjust seasonings as necessary with salt and pepper.  Serve immediately.

French Christmas Dinner from Layla Grayce

Ingredients:

For the cakes:

  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup best-quality unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

For the assembly:

  • Caramel Cream
  • Cornstarch or confectioners’ sugar, for surface
  • 1 pound rolled fondant
  • Best-quality unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting
  • Sugared White Pine Needles, for serving (optional)
  • Milk-Chocolate Pine Cones, for serving (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Make the cakes: Line two 9-by-13-inch rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper, and lightly coat with spray. Beat egg yolks with a mixer on high speed until pale yellow and thick, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl.
  2. Beat egg whites in a clean mixer bowl on medium speed until soft peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes. Raise speed to medium-high; slowly add sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Transfer mixture to a large bowl.
  3. Fold yolks into egg-white mixture using a rubber spatula, being careful not to deflate whites. Sift cocoa and flour over top; gently fold to combine. Pour into prepared sheets, and gently smooth tops using an offset spatula.
  4. Bake until cakes spring back when touched, 9 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, line 2 wire racks with parchment paper, and lightly coat with spray. Remove cakes from oven, and immediately turn out each onto a prepared rack. Peel parchment from cakes. Let stand until cooled completely.
  5. Assemble the cakes: Place 2 clean kitchen towels on work surface, and transfer each cake (with parchment) to a towel. Divide caramel cream evenly between cakes. Spread, using an offset spatula, leaving 1/2-inch border around edges.
  6. Tightly roll 1 cake into a log, starting with a short end, removing parchment as you work. Tightly wrap log in kitchen towel. Repeat with remaining cake. Transfer wrapped logs, seam side down, to a baking sheet, and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours or up to 2 days.
  7. Unwrap each log. Lightly dust work surface with cornstarch or confectioners’ sugar. Roll out half the fondant to 1/4-inch thickness. Place an 8-by-12-inch food-safe wood-grain texture mat on fondant, and press hard, using a rolling pin, to make an indentation. Gently remove mat, and generously rub fondant with cocoa. Brush off excess cocoa.
  8. Drape 1 cake log with fondant sheet. Shape fondant to fit log using your hands, and trim ends and cut away excess with a paring knife or a pizza cutter. Transfer to a serving platter. Repeat with remaining fondant, cocoa, and cake log. Serve with sugared white pine needles and milk-chocolate pinecones if desired.

How To: Organize the Holidaze

Avoid being a basket case by preparing your house for in-laws, guests, and family this holiday season with Fresh American’s decorative multi-functional baskets in a slew of colors and playful patterns. These four handy storage tips below helps organize while ensuring your space looks clean, chic, and picture perfect.

Fresh American Finn Shale Pint Storage Bin from Layla Grayce


Fresh American Pilar Sky Hamper Bin from Layla GrayceFresh American Mina Linen Storage Bin from Layla GrayceFresh American Finn Green Pint Storage Bin from Layla Grayce

Photo credit: Dreamy Whites, Country Living, Beneath My Heart, decor8

Custom Deliveries! Shop, Win & Save On Personalized Gifts

These giveaways have now ended. Congratulations to Lindsay E., Susannah A., Robbie T., and Darcie S.

Personalized Gifts Giveaway from Layla Grayce

This year, it’s all about making it personal! The gift-giving season has officially arrived, and if you ask us, the most thoughtful gifts are always those that represent a personalized touch. To get your holiday shopping up and running (they’ll be here before you know it!), we curated our favorite custom keepsakes, featuring everything from monogram mugs to initial necklaces. Reminder: put a bustle in your holiday hustle by checking product pages for estimated ship dates. It takes Layla Grayce’s elves a little bit longer to personalize and deliver custom items in time for Christmas!

In the meantime, see below for four fabulous giveaways and deals on personalized gifts from a few of our favorite brands!

Personalized Tabletop Favorites

Through November 19th, 2014, save 15% on toast-worthy select customizable glassware with promo code DRINKWARE! Plus, enter to win a gift set featuring our Chevron paper place mats and table runner!

To enter our placemat/table runner giveaway:

  • Sign up for Instagram and follow @laylagrayce
  • Share this chevron paper placemat image (see below) to your Instagram, tag @laylagrayce and add #lgtabletopgiveaway in the comment.
    NOTE: If you are private, repost and then email socialmedia@laylagrayce.com with a screenshot of your post.

Placemat / Table Runner Giveaway from Layla Grayce

Ice Milk Aprons

Through November 19th, 2014, save 20% on flattering and functional IceMilk Aprons with promo code APRONSALE. Plus, enter to win a timelessly stylish Rollings of Cinnamon Personalized Apron!

To enter our apron giveaway:

  • Sign up for Instagram and follow @laylagrayce
  • Share this apron image (see below) to your Instagram, tag @laylagrayce and add #lgaprongiveaway in the comment.
    NOTE: If you are private, repost and then email socialmedia@laylagrayce.com with a screenshot of your post.

Ice Milk Apron Giveaway from Layla Grayce

Boatman Geller

Through November 19th 2014, save 20% on patterned and playful, entertainment-essential Boatman Geller personalized Lucite trays with promo code TRAYSALE. Plus, enter to win this smaller, adorably personalized Lucite tray!

To enter our Lucite tray giveaway:

  • Sign up for Instagram and follow @laylagrayce
  • Share this tray (see below) to your Instagram, tag @laylagrayce and add #lgtraygiveaway in the comment.
    NOTE: If you are private, repost and then email socialmedia@laylagrayce.com with a screenshot of your post.

Boatman Geller Giveaway from Layla Grayce

PSA Essentials Stamps

Through November 19th, 2014, save 25% on vibrantly personalized PSA Essentials stamps with code STAMPSALE. Plus, enter to win this personalized self-inking stamp or embosser!

To enter our stamp giveaway:

  • Sign up for Instagram and follow @laylagrayce
  • Share this image (see below) to your Instagram, tag @laylagrayce and add #lgstampgiveaway in the comment.
    NOTE: If you are private, repost and then email socialmedia@laylagrayce.com with a screenshot of your post.

PSA Essentials Stamp Giveaway from Layla Grayce

*You must have an Instagram account, follow @laylagrayce, and share/tag your posts in order to enter each giveaway. If you are private on Instagram, repost and email socialmedia@laylagrayce.com with a screenshot of your post. Giveaway closes November 19, 2014, at midnight PST. Winners will be selected at random and announced by November 18, 2014. Click here for official Layla Grayce contest rules.

*Offers valid from November 16, 2014, through November 19, 2014, at midnight PST. Offers do not apply to previous purchases or to the purchase of gift cards and cannot be redeemed for cash or combined with any other promotion. Limit one promo code per order. Terms of offer are subject to change.

Holiday Giveaway Series Day 4: Boatman Geller

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Lauryn C.!

It’s the last day of the Holiday Giveaway Series! To wrap up this festive week, we’re giving away a Boatman Geller lucite tray! Taking cue from fashion-forward trends, Boatman Geller wows with a fabulous personalized collection of dishware, cell phone covers, notecards, stickers and more. A must-have gift for your favorite hostess, this customizable acrylic serving accessory catches the eye with a stunning gray and white wrought iron print. Love this contemporary platter as much as we do? Follow the instructions below and enter to win! Once we select the winner, we’ll help customize your prize.

Boatman Geller Giveaway from Layla GrayceBoatman Geller Lucite Tray

To Enter:

1. Like Layla Grayce on Facebook

2. Sign up for our Newsletter for more Layla Grayce giveaways!

3. Leave a comment on this blog post (and be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you).

*Limit one entry per person. You must have a Facebook account, like Layla Grayce on Facebook, and sign up for Layla Grayce newsletters in order to enter this giveaway. Giveaway closes Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at midnight EST. Winner will be selected at random and announced on Wednesday , December 18, 2013.Click here for official Layla Grayce contest rules.

Boatman Geller Giveaway from Layla Grayce

Express your style! From sophisticated stationery to posh placemats, Boatman Geller provides a variety of customizable accessories to make a memorable statement in the office and home.

Boatman Geller Giveaway from Layla Grayce

What’s your signature print? Whether you crave a classic or mod aesthetic, each product in this one-of-a-kind line offers an assortment of vibrant patterns and colors to suit your look! Shop the entire Boatman Geller collection here.

Holiday Giveaway Series!

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Destiney S.!

Ready to add even more excitement to your season? Enter our Holiday Giveaway Series! From December 10 to December 13, we’ll be giving away a new gift daily from these amazing vendors: IceMilk ApronsPSA EssentialsBoatman Geller and Gorjana.

To kick off our series, we’re starting with the IceMilk Mother and Daughter apron set! Combining feminine flair with functionality, IceMilk delivers simple yet sophisticated designs for the kitchen. These customizable linen covers keep mom and her favorite little helper clean and stylish while whipping up delicious treats! If you love these cooking accessories as much as we do, be sure to check out the details for entering below!

Holiday Giveaway Series from Layla GrayceIceMilk Mother and Daughter Full Apron Gift Set

To Enter:

1. Like Layla Grayce on Facebook

2. Sign up for our Newsletter for more Layla Grayce giveaways!

3. Leave a comment on this blog post (and be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you).

*Limit one entry per person. You must have a Facebook account, like Layla Grayce on Facebook, and sign up for Layla Grayce newsletters in order to enter this giveaway. Giveaway closes Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at midnight EST. Winner will be selected at random and announced on Wednesday , December 18, 2013.Click here for official Layla Grayce contest rules.

IceMilk Aprons from Layla Grayce

Serene, neutral colorways deliver soft elegance to the IceMilk aprons. A fabulous look for a mother-daughter cooking team, this color-coordinated set delights with gorgeous bow details and spacious pockets for effortless everyday style.

IceMilk Aprons from Layla Grayce 

The perfect heirloom gift, the IceMilk mother and daughter set comes specially packaged in beautiful, vintage-inspired mason jars. Each apron includes heritage tags, apron stories and 25 blank recipe cards ideal for jotting down favorite dishes!

Top 10: Stocking Stuffers

1. Lollia Relax Bath Salt Sachet 2. Drops of Jupiter India Green Gold Earrings 3. Petunia Pickle Bottom I Belong To Tag Classically Crete 4. Blabla Rattle Cat Pink 5. Jessie Steele Rubber Gloves Gingham Floral 6. Illume Boho Oceano Small Candle 7. Mor Cosmetics Little Luxuries Lip Silk Lychee Flower 8. Petunia Pickle Bottom Powder Room Case Brocade Aquamarine Roll 9. Aden & Anais Dribble Burpy Bib Set Jungle Jam Monkey and Giraffe 10. Skip Hop Zootensils Owl

As we welcome December, many of us are trimming trees, putting up lights and hanging stockings by the chimney. Though big gifts are always fun, one of our favorite tasks this time of year is the search for the perfect stocking stuffers! Whether you’re shopping for your mom, sister or little one, we have compiled a collection of our favorite pint-sized gifts that are both thoughtful and stocking-ready. Shop our entire Stocking Stuffer collection here.

Pastel Holiday Party

Pastel Holiday Party from Layla GrayceDesign, styling and photography: Kate Landers

Pastel Holiday Party from Layla GrayceDesign, styling and photography: Kate Landers

Pastel Holiday Party from Layla GrayceDesign, styling and photography: Kate Landers

Pastel Holiday Party from Layla GrayceDesign, styling and photography: Kate Landers

Pastel Holiday Party from Layla GrayceDesign, styling and photography: Kate Landers

Pastel Holiday Party from Layla GrayceDesign, styling and photography: Kate Landers

Pastel Holiday Party from Layla GrayceDesign, styling and photography: Kate Landers

 

Kate Landers here again, excited to share with you lovely pastel holiday inspiration. It probably comes as no surprise that I love pale colors, and integrating them into holiday baking, decorating and crafting brings beautiful results.

Here are five tips to incorporate pastels into your holiday projects and gatherings.

1. Pastel Holiday Baking: No need to run out and purchase new cookie cutters! Keep those traditional holiday shapes, and decorate them with pastel icing or fondant. I loved the idea of pastel tree, sleigh and snow globe cookies. Cupcakes and petits fours alike are sweetly festive with pale green and pink shimmering fondant holly on top. Sugar crystals give a sparkling frosty snow effect to snowflake cookies, and edible gold paint takes pink French macarons from ordinary to extraordinary. Pale pink edible poinsettias with gold centers decorate individual size cakes and make a stunning dessert for your guests at a holiday party.

Candy is a favorite this time of year, and displaying pastel color candy in clear apothecary jars can double as decoration and dessert. Just have a little wooden candy scoops and food-safe goody bags handy for guests to take some home after a visit. I like using medium basic white paper favor bags, folded at the top and sealed with gold glitter tape so no stray candy leaves a mess in their car.

2. Pastel Party Décor: Beautifully wrapped packages in pastel colors is a quick an easy way to decorate your home in your soft color palette. Packages aren’t just for under the tree; they make lovely centerpieces and decorations in entryways, on end tables, and in any corner that needs a festive touch.

Creating a white pom pom wreath with large double-faced satin pink bow is lovely above a mantle, and coordinating yarn-wrapped Styrofoam “trees” complete the look all across your mantle.

3. Pastel Holiday Gifts: Surprise your friends, neighbors, guests (and even your postal carrier or dog walker) with a beautiful pink box full of your pastel baked goods. Tie up with gold baker’s twine or ribbon and attach a label with a sweet holiday sentiment. With all the red and green out there (which I also love!), it surely will stand out from the crowd.

4. Pastel Tabletop: White table linens, cake plates and china are all fantastic investments for your home. Adding a simple pale pink ruffled table runner as I did here can be a wonderful way to add a hint of soft color, and can be used for Valentine’s Day, Easter and Mother’s Day too! Consider it your next great investment piece.

5. Pastel Party Goods: You can take ordinary clear plastic milk bottles and dress them up for the occasion with custom printed labels, paper straws and a little twirl of baker’s twine. Serve eggnog for a pale creamy look, or consider strawberry milk for children and sparkling fruit juices for grown ups.

Tissue paper fans in pale pink and white create a pastel winter wonderland, and pink baker’s twine is a staple in my home for baking, crafting and decorating alike. Find resources for products mentioned above in vendor credit list below.

I sincerely hope you enjoy the beauty of the season. Cheers!

VENDOR CREDITS

Top 10 Gifts for Children

1. Blabla Doll Wooly the Sheep Large 2. Bedhead Children’s Pajamas Wild Kingdom 3. Sabrina Gray & Cream Bow Hat 4. Skip Hop Wood Toy Treetop Friends Nesting Tree Puzzle 5. Icemilk Childrens Apron Bowl of Batter 6. Little Giraffe Luxe Faux Fur Hooded Towel 7. Oopsy Daisy Nightlight Radley 8. Fox with Hat Stuffed Animal 9. Swaddle Designs Marquisette Receiving Blanket Chevron True Blue 10. Pink Ruffled Pettiskirt

Make this holiday one to remember with the perfect presents for the kids! Ready to make the season bright, our curated collection of blankets, toys, stuffed animals, pajamas, accessories and more is sure to put a smile on a little one’s face. And just in time for the gift-giving season, you can save 20% off sitewide during our holiday event now through December 3rd! (*Some exclusions apply.)

Entertaining with Kate: Do-It-Yourself Hobnail & Shabby Chic-Inspired Pumpkins

Kate Landers Halloween Pumpkin Decoration Layla-Grayce Photography: Kate Landers

Kate Landers Halloween Pumpkin Decoration Layla-Grayce Photography: Kate Landers

Kate Landers Halloween Pumpkin Decoration Layla-Grayce Photography: Kate Landers

Kate Landers Halloween Pumpkin Decoration Layla-Grayce Photography: Kate Landers

It’s Kate Landers here again, sharing some inspiration for fall and Halloween celebrations. I absolutely love autumn and the beautiful pumpkins and gourds it yields. I also adore all things “shabby chic” (including Shabby Chic designer Rachel Ashwell) and loved the idea of pairing my style with this season’s décor.

I am here to share two beautiful ways to dress up pumpkins. The first is a white hobnail milk glass look, and the second a shabby chic ruffled look inspired by my dear friends of the former Icing Designs.

These would be fabulous displayed on a hearth, mantle or tabletop centerpieces for both Halloween and Thanksgiving. I also love them as decorations for a fall bridal or baby shower, wedding or a little girl’s autumn first birthday.

Supplies Needed:

  • ~ 4″ and 8″ crafting pumpkins (I used ivory ones from Target)
  • ~ White flat-finish spray paint such as this one
  • ~ White upholstery pins (approx. 150 to make 1 large & 1 small pumpkin) like these.
  • ~ Needle, white thread, scissors and 1 yard white muslin fabric
  • ~ Lo-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • ~ Black paper bat decorations (optional) from Martha Stewart found here

Instructions: White Hobnail-inspired Pumpkins

1. Insert white upholstery pins into pumpkins in vertical lines, each pin approximately 1/3″-1/2″ apart. For 8″ pumpkin, each row should be 1.5″-2″ apart. For 4″ pumpkin, each row should be 3/5″-1″ apart. There is no exact formula to this; these are basic guidelines, so do what feels best to you!

2. In a well-ventilated area, coat pumpkins (pins already inserted) with white spray paint. Allow to dry minimum 4 hours, preferably overnight.

Instructions: White Ruffled Pumpkins

1. In a well-ventilated area, coat pumpkins with white spray paint. Allow to dry completely, preferably overnight.

2. Fold yard of white muslin fabric in half (this yardage includes extra fabric if you want your ruffles wider or fuller).

3. Cut fabric into eight 1″ strips (fabric is folded over so there will be two strips one on top of the other, total 16 strips) for small pumpkin, and ten 1.5″ strips for large pumpkin (again fabric folded over, so there will be one strip on top of the other, total 20 strips).

4. With a simple needle and white thread, use a simple stitch (thread knotted at end opposite of needle) and thread needle through center of strips (having the two strips on top of one another creates a fuller ruffle), each stitch close together for tighter ruffles. After approximately 15 stitches, you can push fabric down thread and see it gather. Continue until you reach end of the strip and push down fabric so it all gathers. I recommend approximately 12″ gathered length of strip for large pumpkins, and 8″ for small pumpkins.

5. After you hold up your ruffled strips of fabric to the dried painted pumpkin to confirm proper length (you can elongate by making ruffles further apart or make shorter by scrunching ruffles closer together), knot thread at end so ruffle length stays in place.

6. Warm up glue gun, and carefully glue ruffled fabric strips onto each pumpkin, top to bottom, one at a time.

Enjoy your pumpkins!