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Scrappy Fabric Pumpkin Ornaments

October 2, 2011

Sew simple fabric pumpkin ornaments using scraps of orange or fall fabrics. Make several to hang on hooks or to attach to fall gift baskets for harvest gift-giving. Three pumpkins against a branch wreath and weather wooden fence.

 

Approximate Time: 1 hour

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Instructions:

  1. Find a pumpkin shape. I drew one by hand, but clip art or cookie cutters can also be used and enlarged as desired. Mine measured 4 inches tall by 4 1/2 inches wide. Trace the shape on lightweight cardboard and cut out.
  2. Place two pieces of fabric together with the right sides facing. Center the pattern on the fabric and trace around it with a marking pen. Pin the fabric layers together. Sew on the traced line of the pumpkin. Do not leave an opening for turning.
  3. Outline of pumpkin sewn into square orange fabric.
     

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  4. Cut out the pumpkin 1/8 inch from the stitching line. Cut a 1 1/2 inch slit in the center of one pumpkin side. Turn the pumpkin right side out through the opening and press.
  5. Several pumpkin shapes after sewing and turning. They are scattered on an ironing pad next to a steam iron.
     

  6. Cut a patch of matching fabric approximately 1 inch wide by 2 inches long. Apply craft glue to the back of the patch. Place the patch over the slit in the pumpkin to close. Patch with glue applied ready to cover the slit in back of the pumpkin.
     

  7. Gather a stick from your yard that is slightly thicker than a wooden barbecue skewer, but smaller than the diameter of a pencil. Using wire cutters, cut a piece 2 inches long for the pumpkin stem. Apply hot glue to the back of the stem and attach it to the center top of your pumpkin.
  8. Applying the cut twigs for stems.
     

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  9. Cut a 2 1/2-inch leaf shape using beige wallpaper or scrapbook paper. I used a Cricut die cut machine and a leaf design from the Doodletype cartridge. A leaf could also be cut by hand using a real leaf as your pattern. Write "FALL" on the leaf using a permanent marker. Writing Fall on the paper leaves and applying the dots.
     
    Dip the blunt end of a wooden skewer into black acrylic paint. Dot each end and intersection of each letter. Allow the paint to dry. Using a paper punch, punch a hole centered above the word "FALL".
  10. Poke holes just below the top edge of the pumpkin and a 1/2 inch from both sides of the stem using a large yarn needle. Cut a 9-inch length of craft wire using wire cutters. Bend the wire into a "U" shape. Poke the ends through the holes from the back of the pumpkin to the front. Pull 2 inches of the wire ends through to the front.
  11. Attaching a leaf using craft wire.
     

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  12. Slip the leaf on the left wire end. Grasp the wire end with the tip of needle-nose pliers. Twist the wire around the end until the entire 2 inches has been curled. Remove the pliers and repeat with the other wire end.
  13. Finished pumpkin with raffia attached to wire.
     

  14. Tie a few strands of raffia around the wire curls on the right.

By cyndee kromminga from Winfield, KS

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