I flipping love Halloween. I think its the combination of the Autumnal setting, an excuse to throw a party, an excuse to dress up, and pumpkins. I don’t even like the taste of pumpkin (I’ve tried so hard to like them, I’m sure I try something pumpkin flavoured every year!), but something about them sitting in huge piles in crates in supermarkets and dotted throughout shop window displays at this time of year makes me very happy. I bought a munchkin pumpkin the other day because, I mean… MUNCHKIN pumpkin! They’re so tiny and cute and seasonal! He’s sat in front of me on my desk as I type this, like a little Halloweeny mascot. Yes, I said ‘he’, I named him Patrick. Moving on…
So, to channel my over-excitement for the upcoming spooky celebrations, I decided I needed to get crafty. Off to the local craft market stall I went, and came back with (besides a million and one things for other craft projects I suddenly decided were entirely necessary) some orange and black felt squares, intending to make something involving adorable halloween pumpkins. Because what else? Part way through sewing my first pumpkin face, I decided it was going to be bunting – as with baking, my crafting method tends to be ‘make it up as I go along’. What follows are some simple instructions on how to make your very own felt pumpkin bunting in time for Halloween. Not that scary, but undeniably adorable, it’s very easy to make and best of all it’s re-usable! So even when the Halloween festivities are over, you can pack the little guys away knowing that next year they’ll be there waiting to brighten up your walls once more.
You will need:
1 large square of orange felt (12″x12″)
A small amount of black felt (I had leftover from most of a 9″x9″ square which was more than enough)
1 length black ribbon (about 1.5 metres)
1. First, cut out your pumpkin shapes from the orange felt. I found the easiest way to do this was to fold the felt in three (like a leaflet) and then you can cut out three at once so they’ll all be the same size. You should be able to get 9 pumpkins from the square.
My pumpkin shapes have three lumps at the bottom and two at the top.
2. Next, create a dotted line to define the pumpkin’s ridges and overall shape by sewing with white thread all around the edge and in two, slightly curved lines from each indent at the bottom to the one at the top.
3. Time to cut out some spooky little eyes and mouths from the black felt. Its up to you how evil or happy or cutesy you make them, they’re your pumpkin children after all! Sorry, getting too attached to the pumpkins again…
4. Sew your little faces on to each pumpkin with black thread, using the dotted lines as a guide for about where the eyes should go. Optional: if you’re anything like me, it’s at this point that you’ll have an urge to name them all. I mean, they have faces now, you can practically see their little pumpkin personalities growing with each stitch you make… Like Victor here, who’s really getting into the spirit of things. Just look at those angry eyes. Ahem… like I said, it’s optional.
5. Now cut out a little stalk from the black felt for each pumpkin, slightly longer than you want it to appear to allow space to attach it to your pumpkin. Use white thread for this and go over the dotted lines you’ve already made so that it stays neat looking from the front.
6. Time to sew them onto your ribbon! Again, use white thread for this and sew it where your stalk is attached, going over the same markings again on the front.
Don’t space your pumpkins out too much but don’t crowd them either, I’d say allow about half a pumpkin’s worth of space between each. And remember to leave enough ribbon either side of your end pumpkins for hanging it up!
And that’s it!
Now you just have to find the perfect spot to hang your precious pumpkins. And have a very Happy Halloween! *insert spooky sound effects*