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

    An AWESOME tote-orial

    OK, now we’ve got THAT pun out of the way….

    Hi, Greetings, Howdy!
    I realize it’s been *a while* since I last posted, I actually have a ton of projects & how-tos photographed but haven’t gotten round to putting them together.

    So, back to this awesome bag then…

    I’ve seen loads of different takes on these T-shirt Totes and was ALWAYS meaning to make one (or 10!) so when The Kid was having a pre-Christmas clear out and this T-shirt (which, let’s be honest, I’ve had my eye on for some sort of make ever since it was purchased) found it’s way into the clothes recycling bag; I finally decided to give it a go.

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    Because, clearly, that’s what you do; days before Christmas; when you are stupidly unorganised and obviously don’t have a million and one other more important things to be doing….

    So, how did I do it?

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    First, I gathered the necessary supplies.

    For this easy DIY you will need:

    1 T-shirt
    Scissors

    That’s it!
    If you want to seem really professional, add a ruler and ‘something’ to draw/mark with (chalk, pencil, disappearing ink pen…)

    1. Turn T-shirt inside out (or outside in, if that’s how you roll)

    2. Cut off sleeves (stage one of creating carry handles)

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    Cut off the sleeves, this will create carry handles.

    3. Scoop around neck.
    This creates the ‘opening’ of the bag. It’s up to you how neatly you do this: eyeball it, draw a rough curve, make a paper template….

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    I drew a curve from one shoulder to the centre, cut it then flipped it over and traced around the edge; so both sides matched. Kind of. If you squinted from a distance.

    Next, we need to seal the bottom of the bag. Otherwise, it won’t hold anything and your stuff will just fall through. It wouldn’t be much of a bag at all!
    There are a few different ways to do this, I used ‘The Knotted Fringe’ technique.

    4. First you need to draw a line across near the bottom, about 3 inches is good.

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    5. Then we mark the thickness of our fringes, I ended up doing 1/2″.

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    I marked along the hem at half inch intervals, then repeated along the line I had drawn, before joining the marks together in straight lines.

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    To be honest, this step was probably unnecessary. You could probably get away with just the 1/2″ marks. Or ignore that step completely and just eyeball it as you cut.

    6. As you’ve probably gathered, we’re now going to cut the fringes.

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    You can cut both layers together, or cut one side then line up the other.
    I’d recommend the first option. It’s quicker, and less of a faff.

    7. NOW we start knotting.

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    Tie your fringes together in pairs, one from the top and one from the bottom.
    I double knotted, for extra security.

    Work your way along from one side to the other, you soon get into a rhythm.
    OK, you do start losing the will to live around the halfway mark but it’s gonna be worth it when you have an awesome new bag, right?

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    And that’s the knotting complete.
    Well….nearly…

    If you look closely, you’ll notice holes spaces between the knots; now we close them up.

    8. Take an end from one knot and tie it to one from the neighbouring knot.

    Repeat all the way along, until all the strips are tied to the neighbouring knots.

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    Again, I double-knotted as I went. (More about that at the end)

    9. Turn your bag right-side out.

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    10.

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    Fill your Awesome bag with Awesome stuff and congratulate yourself on your Awesome talents.

    11. Make more. Hundreds of them. Raid everyone’s closet and steal their Tees.

    WHY did I double knot, you ask?

    Full disclosure: I sat in front of the TV, quickly knotted my pairs, repeated with the split pair knotting, turned my bag inside out, stuffed a cushion in to see how it looked ‘full’ ….and the bottom opened a bit.

    So, I untied them all and re knotted, double knotting at each stage.

    I have used my bag repeatedly since making it, both to transport some Christmas gifts and to carry my work uniform back and forth.
    It has been through a wash cycle pretty much every week and has held fine.

    I’d love to hear if YOU make one!
    As always, thanks for reading!
    Hugs,
    The Crafty Lass x