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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Back to School Stationery Swap

If you are a regular visitor here, you’ll know I have a ‘thing’ for stationery.
ALL stationery: paper, pens, postcards, stickers, notebooks, envelopes, tape, stamps, lettersets, clips; you name it, I love it, collect it & have way too much of it!

BUT it’s the start of a new school term and you know what that means….

Back To School stationery aisles!!

It’s awful, I can’t just skip past them; I have to go look at the pretties. The other night we nipped to the supermarket for 10 minutes to pick up some butter & some salad ingredients for the following night’s dinner and I managed to find my way into THREE stationery aisles. THREE.

We have survived a 3rd week back to school here so some of the school ranges are now reduced.
What’s better than buying stationery? That will be buying stationery that has gone on clearance!!! Yes, I gave in. No, I didn’t buy more than 4 notebook/journal type things…

I have one teen still at high school and one in her third year at university, will either of them receive any of the back to school purchases I’ve made? Probably not! 😁

But, YOU might!

If, like me, you are a lover of Back to School Stationery; then why not sign up to my Back To School Stationery Swap?

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I want this to be fun, inexpensive & super easy; so I’d suggest a budget of £5/€5/$5 .
Suggested contents of your swap package could be:

  • Notebook/journal/planner
  • Writing implements (pens/pencils etc)
  • Decorative items; such as stickers, tape etc
  • A little stationery knick-knack such as shaped erasers, sticky notes, cute paperclips, or a fancy sharpener if you included pencils.

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Please feel free to include CLEAN, UNUSED items you may already have in your stash (if you are anything like me you have new supplies secreted around the house. You know, for EMERGENCIES, like when the entire planet runs out of stocks of Hello Kitty notebooks. Or there is a world shortage of decorative tape. That sort of cataclysmic event.)

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To sign up, just shoot an email to me at TheCraftyLassBlog@gmail.com with Back To School Stationery Swap in the subject line, and include the following info:

Essential:

  • Name
  • Full mailing address
  • Email
  • Are you willing to ship internationally? (I will try my very best to pair you up according to your preference)

And optional:

  • Social media : if you don’t mind me sharing your twitter /IG etc with your swap partner, please feel free to add these too
  • Your favourite colours/styles/themes etc, your swap buddy may choose to tailor your package to your likes but is under no obligation to do so.

Sign ups will be accepted until Sunday 13th September, at which point I shall start emailing pairs.

You have until September 30th to mail your swap.

Please feel free to share/bribe/cajole your friends & family to join in – the more the merrier.

You do NOT have to be heading Back to School to participate!

Can you resist the Back to School aisles? What’s your favourite Back to School item? Please share in the comments.