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Crepe Pumpkin Costume

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 1998


  • Crepe

  • Pencil

  • Scissors

  • Green thread-covered wire

  • Floral tape

  • Ribbon

  • Adhesive Velcro dot closures

  • Sewing machine


  1. Make a basic cap with a longer stem.

  2. Cut against the grain, and scallop bottom edge of cap before sewing by holding two fingers on the edge and pushing a pencil eraser between them. Repeat all along edge.

  3. Make a leaf, and scallop its edges using the same technique.

  4. Glue green thread-covered wire to the back of leaf for a stem; wrap another piece of wire around a pencil for a vine. Floral-tape these to cap's stem.

  5. For the skirt, cut ribbon to fit waist, adding 1 inch for adhesive Velcro-dot closures.

  6. Cut crepe three times as long as the ribbon, using the paper's full height; make a running stitch along both long edges

  7. Gather one edge to the length of the ribbon, less 1 inch; sew in place. Gather bottom edge slightly, and secure in the back with Velcro.

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