By General Craft Contributor Michelle
Create a bushel of these sweet fabric apple with this simple project–great as a gift for your favorite teacher, or to pile in a bowl as a fun fall decoration.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
- Needle and thread
- Embroidery floss
- DMC Yarn Darners Needles Size 14/18
- Fiskars 8 in. Seamstress Scissors
- Darice Cinnamon Sticks 2.75 in. 18 pc
- Green felt
- Fairfield Fiber Poly Fil Bag 32oz
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
To begin, cut a roughly 8-inch circle from your fabric. This will make an apple roughly the size of an average-sized supermarket apple.
Using your needle and thread, make a line of running stitches along the outside edge of your circle, and pull to gather the fabric into a bundle.
Stuff your fabric bundle with fiber fil, and insert half a cinnamon stick into the center, so it sticks out the hole in the top about 1/2 an inch.
Pull your thread tight, so the hole in the top of the bundle is cinched tightly around the cinnamon stick stem, tie off the thread, and cut.
Thread one of the yarn needles with a length of embroidery floss–do not separate, use all the strands together. Tie a bunch of knots on top of each other at the end of the floss, so you have a big knot to form the blossom end of the apple.
Insert the needle into the middle of the bottom of the apple, and draw the knot tightly into the apple. Take a few stitches to pucker the bottom some, and hold the knot in place. Tie off remaining thread, and cut.
Cut out a leaf shape from the green felt, and attach it at the bottom of the stem with hot glue.
Make one, or a whole bushel of these adorable apples. Try using green, and yellow fabric as a variation. To enhance the cinnamon smell, add some broken cinnamon sticks to the inside of the apple when you are stuffing it with the fiber fil, or add a drop or two of cinnamon oil to the cinnamon stick stem when you’re finished.