Sunday, October 15, 2017

Spoopy Craft! Little Stuffed Pumpkins

These adorable pumpkins can easily be turned into jack-o-lanterns by gluing on eyes and a mouth. I rate this at the beginner level- if you can thread a needle and tie a knot, you should have no difficulty with this craft.

You will need:
Orange felt
Brown felt for the stem
Yellow felt to make jack-o-lantern eyes and mouth
Glue Gun
Needle & black thread or embroidery floss.
Poly-fil Stuffing

Optional: Beads for the stem

1. Find something round, 3.5” or larger in diameter like a flower pot, coffee can, bowl or large mug. Trace around it onto paper or freezer paper to make a pattern, or trace directly onto the felt and cut out.

2. Thread the needle, doubled up for strength, and make a big fat knot the end. You will need a looooooong double thread, as long as your outstretched arms. If you are using embroidery floss, you only need a single thread.

3. Begin stitching around the circle, close to the edge, varying the length. You don’t want tight stitches here.- just a large basting stitch. The more random the better.

4. When you get back to the beginning, grab enough poly-fil to fill the pumpkin and place it in the center of the circle. Pull the thread to gather the edges of the pumpkin around the stuffing.

5. Hold the gathers in one hand and tie a knot on one of the edges with the other. It should stay gathered when you let go. Don’t cut the thread yet!

6. Bring the needle up through the stuffing, through the center of the top of the pumpkin and back down around to the bottom several times all around the pumpkin to create the lines. Pull the thread tight so it squishes into the pumpkin a little.

7. When you have all the lines you want,, bring the needle up through the middle one last time (if you are using beads for the stem, thread them now) and back down through the middle, pulling tight to squish the pumpkin a little. Tie a knot on one of the edges and cut the thread.

8. Measure the opening left on the bottom of the pumpkin, and cut a small circle to fit over it.

9. Hot Glue the small circle to the bottom of the pumpkin and squish it down to stick it good. Fluff it back up when the glue hardens.

10. Roll up and glue a small piece of brown felt like a sushi to make the stem (if you didn't use beads), and glue it to the top of the pumpkin. 

11. Cut out eyes and a mouth out of the yellow felt and glue them to the pumpkin to make a jack-o-lantern!

Try making different colored pumpkins! I made some white ones and sparkly orange ones and experimented with using beads for the stem. I also made some smaller ones. Make it your own and have fun!

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