Rustic Felt or Wool Pumpkin

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By Kid’s Craft Contributor, Gillian from the blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

I’ve got a lot of pumpkins around my house. Part of it is that we host a pumpkin carving party every year, so with each Halloween season we seem to end up with a few more pumpkin themed decorations. But I can’t help it, it’s my favorite season and I love pumpkins and gourds in all shapes and sizes. So make room for just one more with this rustic wool and/or felt pumpkin!

Here’s what you need:

Felt and/or wool scraps – at least ten 4×10 inch pieces
Fabric Scissors
Sewing machine and thread
Poly Fil

1. Cut 5  template pieces from your felt and wool. Retain scraps to make stem later.

2. Lay two fabric pieces wrong sides together and sew up one side from one point almost to the next. (if you are doing this without a machine, use embroidery thread and a running stitch)

3. Open up the two pieces and lay a third one in against one. Stitch up one side in the same manner. You’ll want the seams to face out for this project.

4. Continue until you have created a pumpkin shape. Trim all seams with pinking shears.

5. Stuff the pumpkin with polyfil.

6. Use the scraps to shape a short stem, twisting the fabric and stitching it into shape.

7. Insert one end of the stem into the opening at the top of the pumpkin and stitch closed.

* Hint * This could also make a cute paper weight if filled 1/3 of the way with beans before finishing it off with the stuffing.

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About Gillian

Gillian Grimm lives in Charlottesville, Virginia where she balances writing, cooking and crafts with eight chickens, two kids, a dog, a cat and a husband. As the daughter of a Journalist, she grew up all over the United States, switching schools, towns and newspapers every few years and loved every minute of it! She now works as a freelance writer, primarily in the craft industry but with a few forays into travel writing, narrative non-fiction and educational matters. Gillian was recently published in the literary journal the “The Northville Review”. You can find more of Gillian’s work at “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

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