Autumn Fabric Pumpkin
- FloraCraft Make It: Fun project featuring Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Ball, 10” diameter
- Fabric: orange, 1/2 yd. each, four complementary prints; green, two fat quarters
- Dark green felt, 1/2 yd.
- Small artificial tree branch, 3/4”x4”
- Sewing machine and black thread
- X-ACTO 8” scissors
- Acrylic ruler, rotary cutter, and cutting mat
- Design It Foam Cutter
- Glue gun and sticks
pencil or marker, string or yarn, sewing pins, black thread, stylus, transfer paper
- To divide pumpkin into sections, horizontally wrap string around middle of foam ball. Mark with pencil (or marker) to divide ball in half. Looking at ball from top, move string so it is perpendicular to middle line, and mark with pencil to divide ball into quarters. Then move string and mark two more times to divide ball into eighths. Remove string and discard.
- With foam cutter, cut 1/2” deep along one section line. Then about 1/2” on both sides of cut line, make angled cuts to carve an indentation (valley) all along line. Continue to carve indentations on all vertical, marked lines. To exaggerate sections, make valleys 1” deep and sections more rounded. (Note: Adding fabric will fill up indentations.)
- For pumpkin base, use foam cutter to cut 1/4” slice off bottom. (Note: Cut piece will be about 3” diameter circle.) For stem opening, use knife to cut 2” diameter x 2” deep hole in top of pumpkin. In cut area, re-sculpt sections as needed.
- With rotary cutter, acrylic ruler, and cutting mat, cut ten 1-1/2”-wide strips from one orange fabric. Cut fabric strips into 1-1/2” squares. Set aside. Repeat to cut other orange fabrics into 1-1/2” squares. Set aside in separate piles.
- Working on one pumpkin section at a time, attach fabric square, using stylus to push center of fabric square into foam. Continue pushing in squares, approximately 1/4” apart, in staggered rows until one section is covered. (Note: Do not cover flat bottom of pumpkin.) With same fabric, cover section on opposite side of one just covered. Use another color of squares and cover next pumpkin section and opposite section. Repeat until pumpkin is covered with other two fabrics.
- Print out patterns. Use leaf pattern to cut three large leaves and one small leaf from felt and also from green fabrics. Layer fabric leaves on corresponding felt leaves. Use sewing machine to freeform “doodle” stitch with black thread around fabric leaf about 1/8” from cut edge and sew vein lines. (Note: To “doodle” stitch, stitch around leaf somewhat carefully the first time, then stitch around leaf second time going faster so that stitching is intentionally irregular for sketched look.) Allow fabric to fray and show character.
- Arrange leaves under pumpkin as desired. For stem, use glue gun to adhere small length of branch into top of pumpkin. Attach one leaf on top, spot gluing as desired to hold shape.