Seasonal Projects

Halloween Pumpkin Pin Cushion

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Ready for some Halloween DIY? Let’s get started on the pumpkin pin cushion!2015-10-11 14.29.13

Here’s what you’ll need to get started on the pattern:

  • Piece of A4 paper

  • Ruler

  • Compass

  • Pencil

  • Scissors

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Firstly take hold of your compass and pencil. Set the difference between the point on the compass and the pencil point to 7.5cm. Then draw a circle onto your A4 piece of paper and cut it out.

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Now to get started on the construction! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Orange fabric (I used polycotton)

  • Green felt (Small scraps will work fine!)2015-10-11 14.36.38

  • Circle template

  • Hot glue gun

  • Thread – Green and Orange

  • Orange bobbin

  • Needle

  • Fabric shears

  • Pins

  • Stuffing (I just used an old pillow)

The first step we are going to take is to pin the circle template onto our orange fabric (I folded my fabric in half so I could cut both circles out at once to save time). Once your template is pinned, go ahead and cut out your two circles using your fabric shears.

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Now we want to join our circles together. Lay one circle on top of the other and place a few pins around the edges. Using your sewing machine, stitch around the edge but leave a small gap between where you started stitching and where you finished stitching (this will be how we turn our fabric through to the right side!).

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Turn the circle through so that the seam is on the inside and we can begin stuffing! You can put in as much stuffing as you like. Because we are making a pumpkin, I wanted mine to look quite plump so I put quite a bit in mine. Then just fold in the little opening and sew along with an invisible stitch. 

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This next step is a little tricky if your pumpkin is quite tall because we need to push a needle right through the centre. First, double up a long piece of thread and tie several knots on the end (don’t worry about the knots being on show because they will be covered up at a later stage!).

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Now that we have our thread doubled up and knotted, find the centre of the circle and push the needle through (I had to squash the pumpkin a bit in order for my needle to go right the way through and out the other side). Be careful where the needle pops out though because we want the needle to come out in the centre of the other side too.

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To create the segments we need to keep repeating the previous process, so bring the needle round to the back and poke it through the same place and pull the thread tight. We need to do this until we have 8 segments (make sure the thread is pulled really tight and that will make the pumpkin puff up a bit as well!)

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For the decoration, I have drawn a flower shape. This is where the green felt will come in. Once you have drawn and cut out a flower shape, pin it to your green felt and cut that out too. Also cut out a strip of felt with a width of 1.5cm and a length of about 10cm (this will be for the stalk).

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I decided to add some detail to the flower shape with a dark green thread. This step isn’t necessary but I think it just adds a finishing touch. I have used a simple hand running stitch, as you can see from the picture. I haven’t stitched straight but this is because I wanted it to look a little quirky.

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Now for the stalk, we will be using a glue gun. Dab a little bit of glue on the end of the scrap of green felt and begin folding it up. I have folded mine at a diagonal so it has a slight bend to it. You can make yours look however you want it to! I have a lot of felt that I haven’t used so I just cut off the excess and the stalk is finished.

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Back to the pumpkin, place some glue in the centre where all the threads meet and stick on the felt flower.

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Next, we will stick down the end of the petals. I have positioned mine so they don’t lay flat by dabbing a bit of glue underneath the petal and then pushing it towards the centre a bit.

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Now for the finishing touches. Place a bit of glue in the middle of the flower and stick on the stalk. Hold it in position for a couple of seconds so the glue has time to dry.

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And there we have it! A little Halloween pumpkin pin cushion!

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