Easy as pumpkin pie….actually, much easier and faster than that! Fasy, easy, temporary decor: I’m all about these three this year. These pudgy pumpkins are so easy to make, you can have a pumpkin patch in your living room in 10 minutes. The “ingredients” for the pumpkins are materials that you probably have around your house….and if you don’t happen to have cinnamon sticks, maybe you could substitute something else….like small rolls of cardstock or cardboard. And the best part is that you don’t have to sew anything!Materials: (new or clean) dish towels, rubber bands or hair elastics, plastic shopping bags, some sort of string or yarn and/or raffia and whole cinnamon sticks.I was so happy to find a use for these tea-towels (that’s what I call dish towels, is that Canadian, eh?) that I bought for a fun Christmas project last year. I had meant to use them for drying dishes after Christmas, but they ended up downstairs in the craft basement….and didn’t come to light until recently….hmmm, they’d make cute pumpkins!!! Find the rest of the ingredients:Now grab the narrower end of a dish towel and accordion pleat it, but not perfectly, remember this is supposed to be fast.Pleat the other end, too, and fold in half. You might have to hold one pleated end, while pleating the other end with one hand. Don’t be perfectionist, it will all be fixable in the end.Lay the pleated ends out in a heart shape. The idea is that the ends will be rubber-banded together, with the ends inside the pumpkin. Now add a rubber band or hair elastic.You can vary how much of the end pleats are going to be inside the pumpkin, and so vary the size of the pumpkins. Now pull the bottom of the “heart” down….And tie with some string, yarn or raffia. Just a couple of regular knots will do to hold it.Start fluffing out the sides of the dish towel a bit. You can add the stem of the pumpkin now, or later, it doesn’t really matter too much. Grab a couple of sticks for a larger pumpkin, or just one stick for a smaller pumpkin, and insert them into the top, in the middle of the rubber-band “knot”. Now stuff the pumpkin with loosely balled-up plastic bags, opening up the pleats a bit, and arranging them to cover any plastic bag that peeks out through the side cracks. And that’s it!!Later, I decided to tie some raffia around the cinnamon stick stem, to give the look of leaves and vine tendrils.It took about 10 to 15 minutes to make 7 pumpkins for my “patch”. The yellow pumpkin is a table runner, folded in half. The two smaller brown pumpkins were bits of fabric from Walmart, those ones that are smaller than a fat quarter, something like 18″ by 21″ or whatever. They were from last year’s project, too. I had been looking at fabric pumpkins, but didn’t want to sew, or permanently use up my small stash of fabric, so this worked out perfectly. I can pull them apart and use my tea-towels for drying dishes (if I want, ha) or anything else.