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EPP Pumpkins for Halloween
Submitted by Pam on Thu, 10/15/2015 - 07:00
I love having lots of pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns around this time of year! Most of us do!!! But it kills me to have to watch them rot away. So in order to have my cake - er Halloween candy - and eat it too, I decided a couple years ago to indulge my fascination with fiber pumpkins!
This year - Diane invited me to join the Halloween EPP Blog Hop and it just seemed the perfect time to add two EPP pumpkins to the collection.
The blue pumpkin is shaped to resemble a sugar pumpkin (pie baking pumpkin) and the orange and black to resemble those lovely little mini pumpkins - like the ones featured at the top of the Halloween EPP blog hop post here!!
The entire project is completed by hand, no machine sewing necessary.
To keep things very simple, I used 60 degree, 2" diamonds for the blue pumpkin and cut several diamond templates in half for the triangle fillers.
Six center diamonds were fussy cut from the pumpkin face fabric, twelve fussy cut from the blue batty fabric and twelve triangles cut from an orange leaf print.
The fabric diamonds and triangles were laid out in the order seen above, templates were glued in place and the fabric basted over the template. Each basted piece was returned to it's place once completed..
Rows of basted templates were stitched together diagonally.
Once all rows were stitched, they were joined together as shown. Note the orientation of the two sides.
They will fit perfectly together. Just place right sides together, one diamond or triangle at a time and stitch!
Once the join stitching is completed, you will have a cylinder. Press.
Remove the basting threads and template papers.
Using a needle and double thread (or heavy button hole thread) make 3/8" to 1/2" stitches along the top and bottom about 1/4" or less from the edge. I like to tie a knot at both ends of the thread to prevent it from pulling through while I gather the opposite edge!!
Once gathering stitches are in place, draw up the bottom edge and tie off. I like to leave a small opening rather than draw completely closed.
For the mini pumpkin, cut the diamond templates in half and assemble triangles as shown. Again stitch diagonally, join the strips, and gather as instructed above.
Stuff the pumpkin. The amount of stuffing depends upon the pattern. If the pattern is important, then more stuffing is needed to help fill out the form. However, notice that on the blue pumpkin, I did not make my stitches very tiny and they really stretched under pressure. The stitching on the mini is much tighter and resulted in a better looking seam.
Once stuffing is complete, gather the top end and tie off.
Using a long upholstery or doll needle and worsted weight yarn, add as many segment lines as desired, drawing up tightly as you work to create a pumpkin look.
Tie off the ends of the yarn at the bottom and stuff into the opening to create a little decorative finish.
Although stems could be fashioned using fabric or could be needle felted, I used stem ends removed from sugar pumpkins I roasted for pies. These are easily glued in place with good old Elmer's Glue. Depending on the size of hole left when gathering, the stem can be placed into the hole as it was for the orange mini or glued on top of the hole as it was in the case of the blue pumpkin.
Check surface for little threads, adjust the segment yarns, smooth out any bunched up fabric and enjoy!
All detailed information for obtaining or making diamond templates, basting, stitching, nesting flags and working with diamonds and triangles can be found in "All Points Patchwork" by Diane Gilleland. Order her book here
And be sure to visit all the other participants in the Halloween EPP blog hop pictured below!!