I'm hooking up with Kimba's DIY party!
It's no secret that I love pumpkins. In fact, some of you may remember how I wanted to plant a pumpkin patch this past spring. Unfortunatly, we are sort of renovating our backyard and just finished building a giant dog kennel/shed so a patch this year was out of the question. Next year, for sure.
So in the meantime, I whipped up some of my own "home-grown pumpkins" and for good measure, some candy corn.
Here's how I did it:
Muslin or a white-ish cloth
Paint: Orange, Yellow, White, Brown, and maybe a touch of black to shabby-up your items
Sewing Machine or Needle and Thread
Batting or Fluff
I began by drawing my templates for my pumpkins and corn. I just free-handed everything and didn't worry about anything being "perfect". In fact, for me, the wonkier, the better. Hey, real pumpkins are always a little wonky, aren't they?
Double up your fabric and trace around your pattern. I used a Sharpie because a pencil was taking way to long for my impatient self. I'd use something lighter next time - maybe a pen using a light hand.
Cut out your pieces.
Pin everyone together .
Sew around your pieces. I tried to leave a 1/4-inch seam allowance. You don't want your stitches too close to the edge of the fabric or when you stuff it you may break your seam. Not speaking from experience or anything.
Remember to leave an inch or so of an opening to stuff your batting in.
Turn your shapes inside out once they are sewn together. Use the end of a pencil or a small dowel rod to poke out the corners.
I used fluff from an old pillow.
Sew up the opening where you stuffed your pumpkins. I used a low melt glue gun. Hand stitching at 11 o'clock pm was just too much for me.
Paint 'em up! Use your creativity. This was the best part of the whole project for me.
I'm thinking I might want to shabby them up a bit by adding a bit of brown paint smudged here and there. I'm kinda dirty like that. But for now I'm basking in the fact that they look so new and cute.
Let me know if you make any! They really are fun little guys.