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Cute Pumpkin Pincushions

Make a funny face pumpkin pincushion for the whole year round.

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What you'll need:

  • Freezer paper
  • Felt: 6x10-inch rectangle of moss green, two 7x8-inch rectangles of dark orange, 6x10-inch rectangle of orange, and scraps of red, ivory, and gold
  • #8 pearl cotton: white, black, and green
  • Beans or rice to weight bottom (optional)
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Embellishments for stems: cloth tape measure, golf tee, and artificial flowers
  • Crafts glue
  • Card stock
  • Buttons in various sizes for eyes
  • Embellishments for noses, such as a checker, bingo marker, or die

Download patterns for Cute Pumpkin Pincushions.

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Position the freezer paper, shiny side down, over the patterns. Trace the patterns the number of times indicated. Cut out the shapes on the traced lines. Using an iron, press a freezer-paper shape, shiny side down, onto the front of the respective fabric; let cool. Cut out the shape along the pattern edges. Peel off the freezer paper.

All stitching is done with a single strand of #8 pearl cotton.

Backstitch a line in the center of each mouth. Work straight stitches at intervals along the mouth lines. Backstitch a circle on the dark orange pumpkin's eye patch.

With right sides together and using a 1/4-inch seam allowance, sew the fronts to the backs, leaving an opening at the top of each pumpkin for turning; turn right side out. Stuff with fiberfill. Hand-sew the openings closed, leaving 1/2-inch openings to insert the stems.

For the tape-measure stem, cut two 2-1/2-inch lengths from the tape measure. Glue a 1/4x2-1/2-inch strip of card stock between the two lengths.

For the artificial-flower stem, tie a small bunch of flowers and leaves with a length of pearl cotton. Glue each stem in place.

Sew buttons in place for eyes. Glue the noses in place.

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