DIY Felt Pumpkins

October.
Autumn.
Halloween.
Fall.

What is the one thing synonymous with them all?

Pumpkins of course!!

These little stuffed squishy pumpkins are super easy to make (and ever so slightly addictive!).

They can be made in different sizes and used for seasonal decorations, or smaller versions attached to jewellery such as necklets or earrings.

I once made a whole pumpkin patch-full as an extra special gift to include in a Halloween package I was sending to a dear swap friend.

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Draw around your circle template onto your chosen fabric, and cut out. I made this one by drawing around the rim of an upturned cereal bowl.

Draw around your circle template onto your chosen fabric, and cut out.
I made this one by drawing around the rim of an upturned cereal bowl.

A circle of 14cm diameter will result in a pumpkin approx 7cm across.

Using a double thickness of thread, sew a running stitch around the edge of the circle. Remember to securely knot your thread at the start! Once you have sewn all the way around & reached the start point, start to GENTLY pull the thread. Ease the felt around the thread until the edge gathers tightly in the centre, creating a 'cup'.

Using a double thickness of thread, sew a running stitch around the edge of the circle.
Remember to securely knot your thread at the start!
Once you have sewn all the way around & reached the start point, start to GENTLY pull the thread. Ease the felt around the thread until the edge gathers tightly in the centre, creating a ‘cup’.

Tease out stuffing and evenly pack the pumpkin. Close up the opening securely with multiple crisscrossing stitches.

Tease out stuffing and evenly pack the pumpkin.
Close up the opening securely with multiple crisscrossing stitches.

Now it is time to make your ball more pumpkin-like, by giving it some shaping.

Now it is time to make your ball more pumpkin-like, by giving it some shaping. Start by bringing your needle through the centre from top to bottom (PIC.1) & looping it around the outside. Bring it back through again, pulling firmly but carefully - you don't want your thread to snap! (PIC.2) Repeat on the opposite side (PIC.3) Then carry on in the same way to split between these lines (PICs4&5) Continue until you have 8 equally spaced 'grooves' around the pumpkin. (PIC.6)

Start by bringing your needle through the centre from top to bottom (PIC.1) & looping it around the outside. Bring it back through again, pulling firmly but carefully – you don’t want your thread to snap! (PIC.2)
Repeat on the opposite side (PIC.3)
Then carry on in the same way to split between these lines (PICs4&5)
Continue until you have 8 equally spaced ‘grooves’ around the pumpkin. (PIC.6)

Now it is time to attach some leaves, and a hanging ribbon; if required.

Fold a small square in quarters & snip out a leaf shape. Tie ribbon into a loop, and stitch to the centre of the opened out leaf.

Fold a small square in quarters & snip out a leaf shape.
Tie ribbon into a loop, and stitch to the centre of the opened out leaf.

Now it is time to attach the leaf to the top of your pumpkin (this also hides any untidyness where you have sewn the edges together).

FINISHED!!

FINISHED!!

  • Making tiny pumpkins to adorn earrings or a necklace ? Omit the hanging ribbon & sew on the leaves, before securely attaching a jumpring.
  • Fancy scented pumpkins? Add pumpkin spice or fragrance oil to your stuffing.
  • Individual pumpkins can be hung from trees, hooks or branches; or strung along ribbon or twine to create bunting.

 

Any spherical object can be made utilising the same basic technique.

A brown base ball can be topped with a splodge of white felt icing, some green felt holly leaves and three tiny red holly berry balls; to create a delicious-looking Christmas pudding.

As usual, I’d love to see your makes, so if you try these out; please tag me in your social media pictures!

Hugs, Crafty xxx

 

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Record-Breakin’ Bowls : A Crafty DIY

Well okay, we’re not breaking them, we’re bending them, but they’re still fun to make!

Did you know today is Vinyl Record Day? To celebrate I thought I would share this fun Crafty DIY with you!

It’s been years since I made some of these, but they make awesome inexpensive gifts and when Offspring#2 and I were in the local record shop recently we noticed they had a huge box of vinyls signposted

“FREE for art projects/students etc”

We decided it would be fun for him to make some projects over the summer, and a set of bowls will make a funky storage solution for organising nick-nacks on his desk at university.

What you need:

  • An oven, preheated to 100°
  • Baking paper, to line the shelf or a baking sheet
  • An oven proof bowl, tall cup or vase
  • Oven gloves
  • Old vinyl records

How To:

  1. Preheat oven to 100°C. That’s °F or Gas Mark , if you are those ways inclined.
  2. Line either your oven shelf OR a baking sheet with baking paper.
  3. Turn your bowl (or similar) upside down and place your vinyl on top. *Remember, if you have a preference for which side is seen (for example, which label is visible in the inside of the bowl), the side closest to the bowl will be the inside and the uppermost side will be the outside.*
  4. Put it in the oven and stay close by. *A note on safety: the fumes released can be quite strong, so it is advisable to make sure you open kitchen doors & windows; and when you’re done, leave the oven door open to allow any buildup to disapate.*
  5. After a few minutes you will see your vinyl start to droop, after 6 – 10 minutes it should be pliable enough to mould.
  6. When your bowl is soft enough to mould, quickly and carefully remove from the oven, along with your mould.
  7. Flip both over and insert your vinyl inside the bowl to shape it.
  8. Working quickly, flute, pinch, or otherwise shape the sides and rim.
  9. Leave for a few moments to set before removing from the mould and setting aside to cool completely.
  10. Stand back and admire your handywork!

Then make millions more of them because it becomes a bit of an obsession.

And enjoy finding new things to store in them.

Tightly pinching portions gives great loops to slip pens, pencils, mascara, scissors, rulers etc into; to store them tidily.

A few notes on selecting records to use :

  • They will no longer be playable, do not use your prized vinyl collection!
  • Look out for clear or coloured vinyls, as a change from all black.
  • Also keep an eye out for interesting labels; or the recipient-to-be’s favourite artists etc
  • Gifting for a special occasion? Why not try to tie track titles, album titles or artist to the event.

    Useage:

    • As these bowls are not made from foodsafe material, you shouldn’t use them for serving or eating. Of course, wrapped sweets are fine! (I have however lined one with a napkin in the past and used it as a bread dish. We survived.)
    • They made great dishes to empty your pockets into, or to store knick-knacks.
    • They also make great gifting containers to package up smaller gifts or a selection of items. Fill the bowl as you would a gift basket and wrap in cellophane, then tie it up with ribbons and bows. If you were really fancy, you could even make your own ribbon or packing shred from an old cassette tape!

    Yeah, so I might have pinched a couple for myself. Shhhh, don't tell!

    If you don’t have any old vinyls to hand, or a friendly neighborhood record store like Groucho’s, charity shops often have a boxful that they are selling off cheap.

    If you try out this crafty DIY, I’d love to see the results, so tag me on your social media pics ( @Crafty_Lass on Twitter and @The_Crafty_Lass on Instagram )

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Hugs, as always.

    Crafty xx

    If it fits in an envelope, it’s still a card

    It’s my mother-in-law’s birthday today.
    Over the years, I have pushed the boundaries of what counts as a card (1/2 size 3D replica shoes, complete with shoebox, to match the handbag we bought her being one example. The birthday greeting was found on the label inside.) but as this one fits inside an envelope, I think I am justified in calling it a card!

    The base box is cut, scored and folded from one A4 sheet of card.

    Cross strips to add depth to your arrangement of embellishments can be made from card or heavyweight acetate.

    It’s easier to apply the outer box décor before you stick the box together. In this case, I used a few offcuts of co-ordinating 12″ scrapbooking paper.

    Once you insert the supports inside, you can start building up your display.

    I used some fabric flowers, layered onto card stems; and added some ‘MUM’ bunting and a tiny card and envelope which adds a personal message.


    The basic design can be embellished to suit a variety of ages & occasions :

    • New Home? Make the outer box out of Kraft card, and embelish with household items
    • Baby? Fill with toys, rattles & other baby accoutrements
    • Birthday ‘Gift’ filled with party accessories such as party hats, balloons, champagne glasses etc
    • Favourite hobbies
    • A favourite book, film or TV show can offer many ideas for objects to utilise
    • Wedding? Hearts, flowers, champagne, rings etc. Often an invitation will hint at the colourscheme for the day, so you can create a keepsake and greeting in one!
    • Favourite characters make great themes for children’s birthdays.

    What themes would you make one for? And how would you embellish it?

    It would be great if you shared your ideas!

    Hugs,

    Crafty xx

    Craft Month Challenge

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    In celebration of Craft Month, I set myself a challenge to get a little (or a lottle!) crafty every single day this month.

    I eased myself in easy for Day 1, with some stamped tags for a batch of gift hampers that sold over the weekend in a Charity auction for Postpals.

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    Are you joining in?

    Don’t forget to use #CraftysCraftMonthChallenge !

    I can’t wait to see what you get up to ….

     

    Hugs,

    Crafty xx

     

     

    Craft Month

    Did you know that the month of March is Craft Month?
    IKR!? A whole month when we are positively encouraged to get crafty!
    The whole point of Craft Month is to promote the idea of crafting & to inspire people to give new things a go and get involved in crafts.

    If you have ever fancied taking up a new hobby, then Craft Month is the perfect time to do so!

    You can:
    Check your local area for classes, groups or workshops.
    Buy or borrow a book from your local library.
    Check out online tutorials or videos.
    You could even organise a get together with a few like minded friends and have your own like crafternoon.

    If you have kids (your own, extended family; even neighbours or friends) there are thousands of ideas for creative and/or messy time and Craft Month is the perfect excuse to encourage them to indulge in a spot of makery.

    Many of us look on the chance of season as a time for redecorating or updating our home décor, so how about creating something special?

    There are lots of things you can try:
    Cushions, curtains, and other soft furnishings
    Wall art
    Furniture
    Decorative art pieces; such as sculpture

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    Do you have a crafty talent?
    You could offer to share your knowledge with others:
    Teach a friend or relative how to knit.
    Attend a local group and give a cardmaking demonstration.
    Do you specialize in something traditional? I bet a school or youth group in your area would love to organise a visit.

    You could even donate your March makes to a good cause. Charities often have auctions and raffles, whilst community groups always appreciate items for their fun days & coffee mornings etc.

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    These layered cookie ingredients jars make a lovely gift. I put together this particular one for a recent charity auction.

    No matter your age or ability; Making things is FUN; so why not try something new for Craft Month? Of course, if getting hands-on really isn’t your thing, you could always visit a nearby craft fair or makers gallery and lend your support to some local crafters instead!

    A Crafty Challenge

    Alternatively, you could join me in a little crafty challenge.
    I’ve set myself a challenge to craft something every day this month.

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    My plan is to attempt to create something different each day, but you might prefer to finish a larger project over the month; perhaps sewing a quilt, completing a large painting or knitting a baby shawl. What would YOU craft?

    If you decide to join in, please share your projects using the hash tag #CraftysCraftMonthChallenge and feel free to tag me on social media or post your links below.

    I do hope you find yourself inspired to create this Craft Month!
    Hugs,
    Crafty xx

    BabyCakes ❤

    It’s getting to that time of year…

    Day are getting longer, weather getting warmer (marginally!), birds are singing, and it’s nearly time for lambs and the likes.

    And so it seems, it’s also time for lots & LOTS of new tiny humans.

    Why does there seem to be such a huge number of pregnancies around me??
    So many!!

    Anyway, yesterday, myself and a couple of colleagues attended a baby shower for another workmate.

    C., the mum-to-be, already has 2 boys and this little one is of the sugar & spice variety. As you can probably imagine, yesterday involved a lot of pink!

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    Lil Miss C was a bit of a surprise, so mum & dad were pretty much starting from scratch when it came to baby goods. We had already organised larger collective gifts from everyone at work in the form of boring things like bottles & sterliser and changing units but obviously didn’t want to turn up empty-handed to the party.

    If you’re a regular around here, you might remember my sock-cakes and that is where the inspiration for my little gift came from:

    BabyCakes!!

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    Similar to sock cakes, these are rolled baby items.

    I picked up a couple of inexpensive multipacks of vests and a cute little all I one romper suit with matching hat.

    Packaging is one of those cardboard cupcake boxes. Previously I have made these sort of cakes singly but babies call for an extra bit of spoiling, so this one holds 6 cupcakes.

    Build up your box, and insert the holder.

    I slipped the little romper suit in the base before fitting the sheet.

    Next I rolled the cupcake wraps and taped the flaps.

    For the first cake, I rolled up the matching hat (it was so cute, with little ears) and popped it in a case before inserting in the box.

    The hat was pink, so I rolled 2 pink vests into cakes, then repeated with 3 white.

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    I put each cake in the box in an alternating pattern.

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    I finished them off with matching toppers.

    A wrap of pink ribbon and a little paper doily finished it off prettily.

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    Mum-to-be seemed quite pleased to receive my little gift.

    Even if they weren’t as tasty as these cakes

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    Have you tried any fun ways to present a less than exciting gift? Please share!
    Thanks for stopping by,
    Crafty
    xx

    1st Class are RED, 2nd are BLUE….

    Yep, it’s THAT time of year again!

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    Have you all made/written/sent your Valentines? If not, I have this super fast, easy & still very pretty idea for you to try

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    What you’ll need:

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    Card blanks & envelopes (or card, paper trimmer, bone folder etc if you are cutting your own)
    Heart stickers
    Pencil
    Eraser
    Sharpies (or other markers – we are an equal opportunities stationery supply using house)
    Fineliners

    How to:

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    Write your chosen sentiment using one continuous flowing line, starting near the bottom left corner and finishing towards the top right. Make sure you leave enough room to fit your butterfly.

     

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    Attach two heart stickers, side by side, to create ‘wings’. I find that overlapping the points slightly gives the best shape.

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    Start following the pencil line with dots or dashes, using a fine liner.

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    Next, add a sharpie body and fine liner antennae to the butterfly

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    Finished!

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    Repeat with different coloured butterflies and varied sentiments.

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    By this point, I realized I could Bee changing it up some more…

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    Then came another meow-vellous twist for a cat lover…

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    And an outer space fan…

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    My daughter started getting in on the action too!

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    The person receiving this, drives me Batty:

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    With a nom de plume like this, there was only one option…

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    So that is possibly the best bit about this particular card (well, apart from the quickness, the easiness, and the cuteness…) Ok, possibly the next best bit is the fact that you can implement the same idea for all sorts of occasions.

    Basically, anything that moves can take the place of the butterfly.

    My daughter incorporated the naughty kitten with the ball of wool into a birthday card for a Crazy Cat Lady aunt

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    I love the cute cat stickers!

    Other suggestions:

    Someone passed their driving test?
    Spell out “you passed” and finish off with a car.

    Graduation? Start with a hand ‘throwing’ a mortar board up to the opposite corner and adapt the wording accordingly.

    Anniversary? Pop the cork from a bottle of bubbly.

    Wish someone Bon Voyage with a little jet…

    What other ideas can you come up with? I’d love to hear, and if you post pics of your makes, tag me in them so I can oggle them 😜

    Thanks for reading!
    TheCraftyLass
    xXx