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Paper Pumpkin Costume


  • 3 packages (20-by-90-inch) sheet crepe paper in orange
  • 1 package (20-by-90-inch) sheet crepe paper in black
  • Scissors
  • Floral wire
  • Thread, in orange and black
  • Sewing machine
  • White tissue paper, for stuffing
  • Seam binding, or ribbon, in orange and black
  • Craft glue
  • Black rickrack
  • 1 roll green crepe-paper streamer
  • Pencil


  1. Step 1

    Using bodice template (as indicated for pumpkin costume) enlarged to 200 percent, cut out two front pieces and four back pieces from orange crepe paper.

  2. Step 2

    Cut four 20-by-44-inch rectangles of orange crepe paper. These will be used to create the pumpkin shape.

  3. Step 3


    Cut four 4-inch-wide strips crosswise from the folded black crepe paper. These will be used for the skirt (illustration 1).

  4. Step 4

    Using a template, cut out the nose, eyes, and mouth for the pumpkin's face

  5. Step 5

    Cut a 20-by-22-inch piece of orange crepe paper and a 1/2-inch-by-36-inch strip of green crepe-paper streamer, for hat.

  6. Step 6

    Snip a length of floral wire to 12 inches.

  7. Step 7


    With a 1/4-inch seam allowance, machine-stitch the two bodice front pieces to two layers of the 20-by-40-inch crepe-paper rectangles (illustration 2). Start at one side, and gather the paper to accommodate for the shorter length of the bodice piece as you stitch.

  8. Step 8

    Continue gathering and stitching around the armholes, shoulders, and neckline, and down the other side of the bodice.

  9. Step 9


    Trim excess gathered paper from around armholes, leaving excess at neck intact (illustration 3).

  10. Step 10


    Gather crepe paper at the bottom edge until it is the same width as the bottom of the bodice front, and stitch in place leaving a 4-inch opening for stuffing (illustration 4).

  11. Step 11

    Stuff the body front with white tissue paper, and sew up the bottom seam. Set stuffed pieces aside.

  12. Step 12


    Measure down 3 1/2 inches from center neck of bodice back, and snip a 1/4-inch notch. Then, using a 1/2-inch seam allowance, stitch the four back bodice pieces together, starting below the notch. Fold seams open (illustration 5).

  13. Step 13

    Repeat Steps 1 through 5 with back bodice pieces, except when gathering and stitching around the center back seam cut a slit to accommodate the opening in the back of bodice. Sew around slit to close.

  14. Step 14

    Glue eyes, nose, and mouth to pumpkin front.

  15. Step 15


    Fold a series of 1-inch pleats at 1/4-inch intervals in each of the 4-inch-wide strips of black crepe paper (illustration 6).

  16. Step 16


    Align two pleated rectangles with bottom edges of the pumpkin front (illustration 7); cut off excess width of rectangles.

  17. Step 17

    Center a 28-inch length of black seam binding over the top edge of the pleats, and edge-stitch along top and bottom, as shown (illustration 7). This will be the skirt front.

  18. Step 18

    Repeat steps 1, 2, and 3 with remaining pleated rectangles to create the skirt back.

  19. Step 19

    Center the skirt front on the bottom edge of the pumpkin front, leaving ends of seam binding free. Stitch skirt front to pumpkin front. Repeat with skirt back and pumpkin back.

  20. Step 20

    Cut six 7-inch ties from orange seam binding. Stitch one tie to each side under the arms and to each side of back neck opening. Use these ties to hold costume closed once it is on the child.

  21. Step 21

    Stitch pumpkin front to pumpkin back at shoulder seams.

  22. Step 22

    Fold the 20-by-22-inch orange rectangle in half lengthwise.

  23. Step 23


    Fold in half crosswise but don't crease; with a 1/2-inch seam allowance, stitch to create a cylinder (illustration 8). Turn right side out.

  24. Step 24

    Stitch a 21-inch length of rickrack along the inside of the folded edge. Then, stitch a 22-inch length of black seam binding along the outside edge (illustration 9), overlapping 1/2 inch.

  25. Step 25


    Measure 3 inches down from the top of the cylinder. Gather at the 3-inch mark (illustration 10), and tie with thread. Taper this stem by cutting downward at an angle, as shown.

  26. Step 26


    Insert the length of wire into the top of the stem. Bind the stem by gluing one end of the strip of green crepe paper to the base and then wrapping upward (illustration 11). Pull the paper taut as you wrap. After wrapping the stem, continue up the length of wire until it is covered, and glue at the end.

  27. Step 27

    Coil the covered wire around a pencil. Remove pencil.

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