It's Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl hanging out on the Sizzix blog today! Yea!!! It's not officially fall, but there's no harm in getting a little excited for all the fun fall festivities that are just around the corner! I love sewing Halloween and Fall decor - I never get tired of it! This fun little project is one that can be done in an afternoon, it is totally kid friendly, and it is a great stash-busting project. What makes these quilted pumpkin hangers a little unique is the fabric is treated with matte finish decoupage which adds strength and durability. I love that Sizzix offers a variety of pumpkins because a pumpkin patch has many shapes and sizes. Let's get started!
Begin by rummaging through your fabric scraps. For each short pumpkin you need (2) 5" squares and for each tall pumpkin you need (2) 7" rectangles. I totally didn't measure and just rough cut with scissors. You just need the fabric to be large enough to cover the die. While you have your scissors handy, cut out (1) batting piece the same size per pumpkin.
Next take a paint brush and the decou-page and brush both wrong sides of the fabrics with the decoupage, covering the entire surface. Place the quilt batting in between the fabric pieces so as to make a "sandwich".
Once the pieces are dry, run them through the Sizzix Fabi with the short and tall pumpkin dies. Don't worry about the stems at this point. We will be creating our own version. The pumpkin patch is growing!
Position the scraps so they align with the hearts. You can use a piece of tape to hold the fabric in place so it doesn't move during the die cutting process.At this point, call in quality control to approve all work and to request any "do-overs"....heehee :)Peel off the backing of the happy little hearts.I wanted the stems oversize and a bit rustic. Cut a double thickness of burlap for each stem. I didn't measure or use a template, you want them all to be slightly wonky and different. Fray the edges a bit.
Position the heart and iron it in place. With contrasting thread, sew around the pumpkin and the heart, omitting the stem. Once the pumpkin has been sewn all the way around, pin both pieces of the burlap stem to the front of the pumpkin and sew all the way around the stem with matching thread.
To add the wire, punch or poke 2 small holes in the side of each pumpkin. Take florist wire and thread it through the holes, cut to desired length, and twist the ends around a pencil. You could totally tie a bow or some twine onto the wire....maybe even add a spider! Who's ready to sew a little pumpkin patch?
Scraps of orange and black fabric
Scraps of cotton batting
Scraps of burlap
Decoupage glue (like Mod Podge)
Heat n Bond, Lite or Feather Lite