Forget all that carving malarkey – get ready for Halloween with this adorable plushie pumpkin. Use it as a pillow, pin cushion, or as part of a ‘ween-themed centre piece. Ouissi Gresty shows us how.
You will need:
• Your choice of fabric or felt
• Soft toy stuffing
• Wool or embroidery thread to match or contrast with your fabric
• Bias tape, ribbon or a strip of felt
Cut out a circle from your fabric or felt about three times wider than you wish for the width of your pumpkin. Sew around the edge of your circle with a running stitch, leaving the end of the thread free.
Form a doughnut shape out of your soft toy stuffing, and place in the centre of your circle of fabric. Pull the two ends of the thread, gathering up the fabric, and tie the ends tightly.
Sew through the pumpkin’s centre, from the gathered side out through the smooth side. Loop round to enter again through the gathered side and leave the end of your wool/ribbon free. Space stitches evenly and pull tightly to form the pumpkin’s bumps.
Tie the ends of the thread/wool on the smooth side in a knot and cut off the ends. Take your bias tape, ribbon or felt and roll into a tube shape. Keep going until you have a stalk that’s wide enough to cover the hole in your pumpkin’s gathered base.
Cut the tape and sew along the edge to form a disc. Sew the stalk to the bottom of the pumpkin, making sure you cover the hole where the fabric was gathered.
Repeat steps 4 and 5 to make a smaller stalk. Sew this on top of the knot, which is on the top of the pumpkin. There you have it: a super-soft addition to the gourd family.
Ouissi is a whiz with a needle and thread. Best known for stitching delicious sculptures of popular treats from felt, she shares her tricks for making plushie pumpkins. britishcreamtea.co.uk