Country Autumn Décor Pumpkin Man
As leaves begin their vibrant change of colors, take time to update your décor with fun fall accents. Add this quirky pumpkin man and his young son to your porch or foyer to welcome guests this autumn.
- Adult socks: orange, one; black men’s, two
- Wool felt: yellow gold; sage green
- Brown burlap, 8”x13”, two
- Man’s silk tie
- Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Egg, 2-5/16”x 3-1/16”
- Buttons: white, 7/8”x two; black, 3/4”, three
- Chenille stems, 12” long, four
- Americana Acrylic Paints: Tangelo Orange; Milk Chocolate; Olde Gold; Warm White (DecoArt)
- Black pearl cotton
scissors, ruler, straight pins, craft knife, disposable gloves
- Fiberfill stuffing
- Embroidery needle
- Sewing needle and black thread
- Sewing machine and matching threads
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Tangelo Orange; Milk Chocolate; Olde Gold; Warm White
- Black fine-tip permanent marker
- Beacon Adhesives Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive
- 1. Pumpkin man is approximately 24" tall.
- 1. Use one strand pearl cotton for all embroidery.
- Pumpkin Man
- 1. Print and cut out pattern. For head, cut 5” length from toe of orange sock; stuff. Turn cut ends toward inside and whip stitch closed. Cut 1-3/4”x3” rectangle from green felt. Roll rectangle into 1/2”x1-3/4” cylinder; blanket stitch along edge for stem. Blanket stitch around bottom of stem to attach to center top of head. Cut two 1-1/4” eye circles and one triangle nose from yellow felt; blanket stitch pieces to head. Blanket stitch over zigzags on rick rack to attach mouth to head. Use pearl cotton to sew white buttons to center of eyes.
- 2. For body, cut 9” length from top of one black sock; stuff. Turn cut ends toward inside and whipstitch closed. Sew stitched bottom of pumpkin head to toe end of body.
- 3. For arms and legs, cut 9” lengths from top of two black socks, then cut pieces in half vertically. Turn long cut edges of arms and legs over to inside and whip stitch closed. Whipstitch opening along finished top edges of sock pieces closed. Bend pointed ends of chenille stems over, then insert stems into arms and legs. Stuff arms and legs. Turn cut ends of arms and legs over to inside and whipstitch closed. Sew ends of arms and legs to top sides and bottom of body.
- 4. For trousers, cut burlap rectangle at center bottom. Machine sew 1/4” from top and bottom edges of pants. Pull out burlap threads outside of stitching. Machine stitch side seams on pants 1/4” from edges. Pull out threads outside of stitching. Put pants on pumpkin man.
- 5. For suspenders, fold ribbon in half. Sew button to center top back of pants, attaching folded end of ribbon. Wrap ends of ribbon over shoulders and insert ends into pants in front. Sew buttons to top front of pants to secure ribbon.
- 6. Tie skinny end of tie around neck. Trim long end of tie as needed and sew along cut edge.
- Baby Pumpkin
- 1. For papier-mâché pumpkin, mix equal parts Gem-Tac with water. Wearing disposable gloves, place 1/2”x10” newsprint strips in glue mixture and wrap around STYROFOAM egg, covering it completely. Place egg on small surface, such as a paint cap or bottle cap, to dry.
- 2. For dowel stem, use craft knife to cut 1/4” circle from one end of pumpkin.
- 3. Paint: pumpkin Tangelo Orange; circle eyes, triangle nose, and zigzag mouth (similar to pumpkin man) Olde Gold; smaller circles in eyes Warm White; dowel Milk Chocolate. Let dry. Use marker to draw stitch details on face as shown. Glue dowel stem into opening on top of pumpkin. Insert black brads through center of eyes.
- 4. Wrap and tie pearl cotton around pumpkin man’s arm and baby pumpkin stem to attach them. Bend arms and legs to shape them.
by Mary Ayres