Tuesday, October 19, 2010

pumpkin crafts!

Pin Cushion Pumpkins! 

What you'll need:
  • Freezer paper
  • Felt: 6x10-inch rectangle of moss green, two 7x8-inch rectangles of dark orange, 6x10-inch rectangle of orange, and scraps of red, ivory, and gold
  • #8 pearl cotton: white, black, and green
  • Beans or rice to weight bottom (optional)
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Embellishments for stems: cloth tape measure, golf tee, and artificial flowers
  • Crafts glue
  • Card stock
  • Buttons in various sizes for eyes
  • Embellishments for noses, such as a checker, bingo marker, or die

2. Position the freezer paper, shiny side down, over the patterns. Trace the patterns the number of times indicated. Cut out the shapes on the traced lines. Using an iron, press a freezer-paper shape, shiny side down, onto the front of the respective fabric; let cool. Cut out the shape along the pattern edges. Peel off the freezer paper.

3. All stitching is done with a single strand of #8 pearl cotton.
Backstitch a line in the center of each mouth. Work straight stitches at intervals along the mouth lines. Backstitch a circle on the dark orange pumpkin's eye patch.

4. With right sides together and using a 1/4-inch seam allowance, sew the fronts to the backs, leaving an opening at the top of each pumpkin for turning; turn right side out. Stuff with fiberfill. Hand-sew the openings closed, leaving 1/2-inch openings to insert the stems.
For the tape-measure stem, cut two 2-1/2-inch lengths from the tape measure. Glue a 1/4x2-1/2-inch strip of card stock between the two lengths.
For the artificial-flower stem, tie a small bunch of flowers and leaves with a length of pearl cotton. Glue each stem in place.
Sew buttons in place for eyes. Glue the noses in place.



  • Introduction The owls' extra-large eyes are made from halved miniature pumpkins and gourds. Their feet and ears are curved pieces of pumpkin.

  • Step 1

    Make the Eyes

    Cut a large hole out of the top of a pumpkin, scoop out insides, and keep top to plug hole later; cut a 1- to 1 1/4-inch hole in the back for ventilation. Make eye holes: First mark with a pen, then drill (with a 5/8-inch bit) or cut with a large hole cutter. Next, in the tops of two mini pumpkins, cut holes slightly larger than eye holes; scoop out insides. Drill a small hole in the bottom of each mini pumpkin. From inside larger pumpkin, push four lights through each eye hole, securing the bottom of the bundle with a rubber band to keep the bulbs from touching one another. Attach mini pumpkins over lights using toothpicks. Wrap more lights around a glass, securing wires with tape, and place inside body.

  • Step 2

    Make the Feathers

    Add "feathers": Use a wood gouge or linoleum cutter to make half circles in the skin.

  • Step 3

    Attach the Body Parts

    Cut ear, nose, and feet shapes from other pumpkins with a serrated knife; attach with toothpicks.

                                                                               the end!

                          A Heap of Jackolanterns

    How to Make It
    1. Transfer the pumpkin patterns onto a selection of unusually shaped and scarred pumpkins, placing the patterns in ways that play up the imperfections.
    2. Using a knife or carving tools, cut out the openings.
    3. Use a gouge to create some eyes, teeth, smile lines, and wrinkles, carving just deep enough to reveal the inner rind.
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