Phyllis Dobbs shares a free pattern and tutorial on her blog showing how to make a cute pumpkin decorative placemat. Various sizes of buttons give the pumpkin a personality. Or, if you want to use the placemat as part of your table setting, leave the pumpkin plain (no buttons). You could also use applique to make his face. Go to the free pattern and tutorial.
[phto from Phyllis Dobbs' blog]