Cool mornings and changing leaves can only mean one thing: fall is here! What better way (other than the obvious pumpkin spice latte) to welcome the season than with a fall craft? Whether you want to add some fall charm to your dorm, office, or home, this felt pumpkin wreath is guaranteed to spruce up any space. Here’s all you need to know:
Why I like this job:
- It’s not only easy and cheap to make, but ridiculously adorable. (I mean… what’s cuter than plump little hand-sewn pumpkins ?!)
- Imperfections make it all the more charming. (Don’t stress if your stitches aren’t the same size or come out straight, they’ll end up looking great!)
- This is insane. (You can enjoy your favorite fall-inspired movie while keeping your hands busy. Plus, by the time “You’ve Got Mail” is over, you’ll have an adorable garland to show off!)
- Printed pumpkin pattern template
- 2-3 9 × 12 sheets of orange felt (More leaves = more pumpkins.)
- 1 sheet of brown felt 9 × 12
- Poly-yarn padding (Hint: instead of buying a poly-yarn bag from the craft store, I tore up one of the many old pillows I have lying around my house. If you don’t have any pillow, you are ready to sacrifice to the gods crafts, grab a cheap one from your local thrift store!)
- Wire (I used black to get a more Halloween vibe, but any fall-inspired color (yellow, light orange, brown, etc.) will work)
- Marker or pen
- Small spool of jute twine
- Wooden beads (optional)
Working with what I already had at home, I spent less than $ 8 on supplies for this craft – and without the wooden beads, the total cost should be closer to $ 5. Plus, if you’re crafting with a friend or two, you can split the supplies (and the cost). I can’t beat this!
- Gather the supplies.
- Cut out pumpkins from a printed pattern template.
- Using a marker or pen, trace the desired pumpkin pattern onto orange felt. (Make sure it isn’t bleeding.) Repeat until the entire leaf is filled with pumpkins. Two pumpkin designs = one pumpkin.
- Trace the coordinating pumpkin stem on the brown felt. Repeat until you have a stem for each batch of pumpkins.
- Cut out the pumpkins and stems.
- Cut about 5 feet of wire. Thread the needle. Place the needle in the middle of the thread. Double the back thread on itself and tie two (or three) knots at the end. You should end up with about 2.5 feet of wire to work with.
- With the marker side facing in, place two pumpkins back to back.
- Start sewing right after the second bump at the top of the pumpkin, near the edge of the felt. To hide the knot, start between layers by pushing the threaded needle through a layer of felt. Pull the thread until the knot catches at the end.
- With the thread taut and working clockwise, move half a finger’s width from the needle hole and push the needle down, creating a stitch. Move half a finger’s width down on the back, then push the needle up. Down. Up. Down. Up. Repeat until you get close to the top of the pumpkin.
- With about an inch unstitched, tear off a small section of stuffing and push in to fill the pumpkin. Be careful not to overfill it, it should be full enough to give it depth, but not so much that you can’t close it. (TRICK: Using a pen to stuff poly-wire inside makes it easier to fill, especially if you’re working with a small hole.)
- Once the pumpkin is stuffed, grab a pumpkin stalk and fold it in half; push into the pumpkin so that the loop is visible from above. Hold the stem in place in the middle of the pumpkin. (TIP: The smaller the stem loop, the better – when the pumpkins are strung on twine, they’ll hold their place better.)
- Continue to sew around the pumpkin to fill the gap, making sure to add more stitches through the stem.
- When your first stitches meet your last stitches, push the needle back, pull taut and add two knots on top of each other as close to the felt as possible. Cut the remaining thread just after the knot.
- With the remaining thread tied double at the end, repeat steps 7 through 13.
- When you run out of thread, repeat steps 6 to 13.
ADVANCED: If you feel comfortable with the general stitch, feel free to go back and add curved vertical lines to give your pumpkins more character. Do it to all, or just a few. (I added lines to the medium pumpkins I made and left the small ones without.) Because the pumpkins will already be stuffed, you will need to pull hard on the string to achieve a voluptuous pumpkin effect. Start at the top or bottom of the pumpkin and work your way up and down, doubling your origin points at the top or bottom. Attach the tread at the back when you complete the two vertical lines.
- Once you’re happy with how many pumpkins you have, remove the string and thread the pumpkins. If you are incorporating wooden beads and / or making different sized pumpkins, get creative with a fun pattern! For mine I made small pumpkin – medium pumpkin – small pumpkin – wooden bead – repeat. (TIP: Wrap the end of your string with tape. This will make it easier to thread the beads and stems.)
NOTE: Beads and pumpkins may slide out a bit, but after hanging the garland you can space them out as you like and the texture of the string should hold them in place. If not, add a dollop of Elmer glue to make sure they don’t budge.
- Once the pumpkins (and beads) are threaded, cut the string to the desired length.
- Hang (with thumbtacks, nails or duct tape) in your favorite space, sit back and admire your work of art. You did it!
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