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Project

Felt Pumpkin People

Introduction

These felt pumpkin people, created by artist Jennifer Murphy, are a charming Halloween decoration perfect for the home.

Materials

  • Felt
  • Straight coffee or "cushings" dye
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle
  • Long, large needle
  • Dental floss or waxed thread
  • Excelsior (wood shavings)
  • Black floss
  • Glue
  • Small black pins
  • Pinking sheers
  • Heavy wire
  • Black pipe cleaner
  • Two small velvet leaves

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Begin by making the pumpkin body and head. Dye felt by dipping in straight coffee or "cushings" dye. Cut two felt circles, 4 inches and 5 1/2 inches in diameter.

  2. Step 2

    Thread a needle with a doubled length of dental floss or waxed thread; knot. For head, make a running stitch about 1/4 inch from edge of smaller circle. Pack excelsior (wood shavings) into a ball slightly larger than the desired size for finished head. Place excelsior ball in middle of felt circle and pull thread tightly. While holding the felt ball, stitch around the opening again and knot closed. If needed, stitch around the opening a third time to pull the opening securely closed; clip thread.

  3. Step 3

    Repeat above steps for the larger circle to make the body.

  4. Step 4

    To make vertical lines on head, insert a needle threaded with black floss from the bottom opening to the center top of the head. Bring the needle back through the bottom, up through the top; repeat several times to create the vertical "ribs" of a pumpkin.

  5. Step 5

    Next, make the pumpkin face. Cut 2 small triangles for eyes; place triangles on head. Secure triangles with a drop of glue and small black pins to hold in place. Insert black pin in the middle of head for nose. Cut a strip of felt about 1 inch long with pinking sheers; round the bottom by cutting with a regular scissors. Secure with a dab of glue; hold temporarily in place with pins.

  6. Step 6

    To assemble, take a piece of heavy wire about 2 inches long and stick one end into the bottom of the head; fill the opening in the head with glue. With a large needle, make an opening in the top of the body; fill that opening with glue, then connect the head and the body together by inserting the other end of the wire into the body.

  7. Step 7

    Thread a large, long needle with a black pipe cleaner. To create arms, make another opening in the body at "armpit position" with the needle; pull through other side of body. Repeat to make legs.

  8. Step 8

    Cut the arms to desired length. Fold the pipe cleaner legs in half; push ends of pipe cleaners back into holes in side of body. If you are using fluffy pipe cleaners, trim the ends to be slimmer; bend into place.

  9. Step 9

    Trim a small velvet leaf into a bow tie shape. Place a small paper fastener or gold pin in the center and press into pumpkin at base of neck; dab a little glue onto back to hold in place. Insert three more pins as "buttons" down the front of the pumpkin; glue as needed.

  10. Step 10

    Cut down another fabric leaf to approximately 1/2 inch, leaving the long wire end attached. Bend about a 1/4 inch below the leaf. Make an opening in the top of the head and with a dab of glue, stick the leaf and wire into place. Once dry, spiral the wire around a needle.

  11. Step 11

    Create a paper greeting banner for your pumpkin to hold. Glue in place.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, October 2007

Reviews (22)

  • 9 Oct, 2011

    Hey gardeningdiva,

    The leaf looks like one of those old fashioned millinery floral pieces, think of the beautiful hats from the 30's with all the delicate little velveteen flowers.

  • 20 Sep, 2011

    These are so cute I have already made four they are so much fun to do! I coulden't find ant leave for the top
    but they still are way cute!

  • 30 Oct, 2008

    Part two worked for me...

  • 28 Oct, 2008

    These guys are so cute I can not wait to make them.

  • 14 Sep, 2008

    Camogirlie-- I went to your link on the boards, but I could only get it to play the advertisement :( and not the video. I give up. I guess I will have to try and follow the directions.

  • 10 Sep, 2008

    Haha! these are cute

  • 10 Sep, 2008

    Haha! these are cute

  • 10 Sep, 2008

    Can't find part 2!!!!!

  • 14 Aug, 2008

    It wont let me post the whole link because its to long. I will post it in the Halloween craft forum.

  • 14 Aug, 2008

    It wont let me post the whole link because its to long. I will post it in the Halloween craft forum.

  • 14 Aug, 2008

    I FOUND the second video! If you go to this link.. http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.79cd0d4bac77d1611...

  • 13 Aug, 2008

    Im doing it to!! Im soooo Excited! Cant wait to start! Im gonna make them for my family to. I dont think part 2 exsists.. Ive searched everywhere online i could possibly think of. I think they just assume they show you how to make the head, and the bottom is exactly the same just bigger, and if you can read instructions you should be able to do it.. So hopefully it turns out okay! Good luck!

  • 12 Aug, 2008

    What happen with part 2? I need it too!! This is a wnderful proyect, I'm doing one for each member of my family!!! :)

  • 12 Aug, 2008

    What happen with part 2? I need it too!! This is a wnderful proyect, I'm doing one for each member of my family!!! :)

  • 12 Aug, 2008

    What happen with part 2? I need it too!! This is a wnderful proyect, I'm doing one for each member of my family!!! :)

  • 12 Aug, 2008

    What happen with part 2? I need it too!! This is a wnderful proyect, I'm doing one for each member of my family!!! :)

  • 12 Aug, 2008

    We need part 2 please!

  • 11 Aug, 2008

    I too would like to see part 2!

  • 10 Aug, 2008

    I'm not sure but did I miss somthing,I can't find part 2 of this cute craft.

  • 4 Aug, 2008

    where is the second part? I want to see how she finishes the little fellow.

  • 21 May, 2008

    i am watching the jennifer murphy pumpkin people. how do you get part 2 to come up?