These adorable pumpkins are an autumnal offering from Bareroots – Pattern #236 Eek! Spooks! Stuffed Pumpkins pattern and the accompanying Fabric and Floss Kit.
The combination of pattern and supplies from Bareroots – Pattern #236 Eek! Spooks! Stuffed Pumpkins pattern and the accompanying Fabric and Floss Kit – make adorable Halloween pumpkins!
The kit includes embroidery floss and felt for the project.
The pattern recommends using freezer paper to make templates and cut out the shapes to be embroidered onto the pumpkins – which would work well. I chose to use Steam-A-Seam 2 Lite fusible web for mine. I traced the shapes onto the paper side of the fusible and fused them on the wool. My Wedge Iron and new Pam Damour Magic Wool Pressing Mat (love it) on my desk were very handy!
NOTE: I learned it is important to cut out the sides of the pumpkins first and cut the smaller shapes from the felt left over. I cut out my shapes first and did not have enough felt in the kit to make the pumpkins – so I had to find other felt to use as well.
A simple whipstitch with one strand of matching floss secured the pieces well.
Once the pieces were fused on the pumpkin sides, I added the embroidery – which really made a difference in their cute or creepy factor!
Two sides have more complicated designs and two sides have a simple group of a star and two flowers. NOTE: Fusing the flowers and stars gave a different look than the pattern which left left them secured only with a French knot.
I used a ladder stitch to close up the final seam – with varying degrees of success…
but the felt leaves covered up imperfections. I pinched the bottoms of the leaves and did some whip stitches to make them more 3D.
Here are some of the side details: a witch’s caldron and moon,
a ghost and black cat,
and a skull and bat – with lots of little pumpkins, stars, and flowers. NOTE: Had I known how flat the bottoms were – which hides the lower part of the large designs – I would have placed them a bit higher on each side.
This is my favorite!
Aren’t they great! The leaves are leftover die cut leaves from the DieCuts Paper Pumpkins Kit.
Not only are these fun and adorable – they are a terrific way to teach embroidery. The embroidery is easy and the designs forgiving. The only stitches needed are the backstitch and French knots – with Lazy Daisy used once. These pumpkins were made by friends from Korea – a mom and her 10-year old daughter. It was their first time to embroider – they did very well and are excited to move on to other embroidery projects!
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