It all started when a friend told me about the unique velvet pumpkins that can be found (& bought for a pricey price) at Neiman Marcus. I looked on utube to get ideas of how to make them myself. I had a piece of green velvet left over from a dress I had made years ago.
All of the pumpkins are stuffed with first, dried lentils, then polyester stuffing. I added the braiding around the stem to finish off the opening in the top. It looked incomplete to me without it.
Bottom line is I prefer both the look of the velvet ones & also working with velvet is easier than the suede or fabric. I still have more green velvet fabric leftover & also more pumpkin stems. I may just have another spell of green velvet pumpkin making in me before the Fall season is over.