Scarecrow Greeter

Materials

  • Black felt, 12”x24”, two
  • Rust-colored felt, 12” square
  • Muslin, 12” square
  • Homespun fabric (for pants), 8”x9”, two
  • Torn fabric scrap (for hat)
  • Creative Paperclay Air-Dry Clay, one package
  • Polyform Sculpey lll Black Polymer Clay, one package
  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Balls, 1-1/2”, two
  • Wooden dowels, 1/4”x12”, three
  • Wood base, 4”
  • Embroidery floss: black, red, orange
  • Polyester fiberfill stuffing

Tools

  • Sewing machine and thread
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Burnt Orange, Black, Buttermilk, Santa Red, Citrine Green; Gloss Varnish
  • Cosmetic blush or pink chalk
  • Clay-dedicated knife, parchment-lined baking sheet, and oven
  • Pinking shears
  • Disappearing fabric marker
  • Hot glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, flat paintbrush, liner brush, embroidery needle, fine sandpaper

Directions

STEP 1

  • Print out patterns. Trace body pattern onto double thickness on one 12”x24” black felt piece. Machine stitch on traced line. Trim seam allowance and turn right side out. Stuff body firmly with polyester fiberfill. Set aside.

STEP 2

  • On fold of felt, trace coat pattern. Starting at wrist end of coat, machine stitch side seam to bottom of coat. Repeat for remaining side. Cut neck opening and cut down center front of coat. Trace collar pattern onto black felt. Cut on traced line.

STEP 3

  • On double thickness, trace two arm patterns. Machine stitch on traced line, leaving open as indicated on pattern. Stuff each arm with fiberfill.

STEP 4

  • With right sides facing, machine stitch side seams of pants. Mark 4-1/2” from center from bottom of pants. Machine stitch 1/8” around mark. Cut on mark line, creating two pant legs. Leave top and each leg open.

STEP 5

  • Trace hat and brim pattern onto rust-colored felt. Fold in half and machine sew 1/4” from edge, creating hat shape. Trim seam allowance. Turn hat right side out. Trim away any excess felt. Insert hat through brim opening. Secure with hot glue.

STEP 6

  • Using clay knife, cut Black clay into two halves. Shape each piece of clay into “L” shape. Smooth clay, shaping into boot shape. Insert one dowel rod into each boot. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake clay on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven. Let cool.

STEP 7

  • Insert one boot shape up through body of scarecrow. Trim dowel even with neck.

STEP 8

  • Position each arm into coat sleeve. Using black embroidery floss, sew running stitch and pull tight, securing arms inside coat. Position coat on scarecrow and hot glue to secure to body. Hot glue collar around neck.

STEP 9

  • Position pants on scarecrow. Gather around waist and 3/4” from pant leg edge with embroidery floss. Pull gathers tight and knot off.

STEP 10

  • Insert 3” length of dowel into foam ball. Insert dowel into neck of scarecrow. Hot glue to secure.

STEP 11

  • Draw 8-1/2” circle on muslin. Cut on traced line with pinking shears. Position hood on head of scarecrow. Wrap embroidery floss around neck and pull tight.

STEP 12

  • Using disappearing marker, draw facial features. Using two strands of embroidery floss, backstitch lines on face. Add color to cheeks with blush or chalk.

STEP 13

  • Dot each eye Black using liner brush. Highlight each eye with speck of Buttermilk. Let dry.

STEP 14

  • Create “x” symbols down front of coat with three strands of orange embroidery floss.

STEP 15

  • Cover remaining foam ball with thin layer of Paperclay. Impress two indentations in clay for each eye. Create small shape and press on face for nose. Make crescent indentation for mouth. Let dry.

STEP 16

  • Paint ball Burnt Orange. Let dry. Paint eyes with black and highlight with fleck of Buttermilk. Paint nose Santa Red and mouth Buttermilk. Let dry. Using liner brush, highlight eyes Citrine Green and add Black mouth lines.

STEP 17

  • Hot glue jack-o-lantern head between scarecrow’s hands.

STEP 18

  • Paint wooden base Burnt Orange. Let dry. Apply one coat of varnish. Let dry.

STEP 19

  • Rough up bottom of each boot with sandpaper. Hot glue scarecrow to wooden base.
by Rebekah Meier

Patterns

http://dd4t7shsv7606.cloudfront.net/patterns/2023/87d64089-0f6f-4772-a0b3-c99906b7c278.pdf



Scarecrow Greeter
Scarecrow Greeter