A basic cornucopia basket gets a glamorous makeover, thanks to sparkly paint and fabric. Fruits and vegetables in rich shades of ruby and amethyst spill out like jewels. For a soft shine, brush the produce with an edible petal dust, a finish available at baking-supply stores.
The detective and his trusty hound follow the scent to the next crime scene. Their matching plaid capes (modeled after the attire of Sherlock Holmes) are sewn from inexpensive suiting fabric with a simple pattern. Earflaps made from cloth and bias tape transform a pair of black baseball caps into a deerstalker hat.
Give a fledgling aviator wings in the form of a felt owl costume. Contoured brown and white feathers, made by cutting and creasing the fabric, adorn the wings and belly; perked-up ears are attached to a jaunty pilot's cap. Goggled peepers enhance the look.
A novice sewer can easily stitch up this pumpkin patch, rendered in matte and lustrous linen, silk, and velvet. Set the sewn pumpkins among real ones (some natural-hued, others spray-painted) in a cool autumnal scene of spare branches and scattered leaves spray-painted silver.