Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Easy. peasy, fun and sleazy!

(Well, maybe not the sleazy part...)
Keeping up with the whole attempt at maintaining my credibility, I thought I would share a fun little craft project with y'all!  (Even though it's a rerun. Again.  You can tell because we have the lousy photos.  I posted this the first time before I got the real camera.)

I like to call this Little Punkin'.

You start with the fabric of your choice.  I used a very cool spice-colored woven silk blend.  I turned it to the backside and traced a circle with a Sharpie.  (I used a paint can lid...be aware that it will make a teeny pumpkin.  I like my pumpkins teeny, which sounds vaguely pornographic, but there you have it.)

I cut the circle out, then cut a piece of perle cotton about 18 inches long.  I put a fairly large knot in the cotton at about six inches from the end.  You can also use embroidery floss, which may actually be a better choice, as perle cotton shreds fairly easily.

(Be aware that you will have to use a needle with a large eye if using either of these threads.)

Then you use a running stitch around the edge of the circle (I used green thread here so you could easily see it in the photograph).  The running stitch is just like that in-and-out thing.  If you are not sure, e-mail me.  Or look it up on the internet.  Have you heard of the internet?  It's awesome.

Then, you take a little bit of tissue paper and crinkle it.  If you do not have any tissue paper, then this is the PERFECT time to buy a pair of shoes and use that paper in the shoebox.
Place the tissue ball in the center of the circle, and draw the string in.  This is pretty easily figured out by the photo.

Before you draw the string in all the way and tie it off, go outside and get a stick; (again with the pornography) I like sticks that are lumpy.

Put the stick into the tissue, and pull the string tight.  This is a side view because I can't figure out how to rotate the photo.  Just tip your computer to the side.  (Be careful...your computer might be heavy.  Consider it your workout for the day.)

Here is the little punkin' on my dining room table.  I have plans to make a few of these and put them under my cloche.  They are easy and peasy, so I know you can do it!  Have fun!


Laura from Top This Top That said...

Hey you !! I just love this and the fabric pumpkins that I am seeing these days.

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

How cute and rustic! Thank God I don't have to break out Damien, my sewing machine! Thanks for the tip on buying the shoes to get the tissue paper!

Andrea said...

I could barely stand the suspense of what this little pumpkin was going to look like! (Yes, I suppose I could've scrolled down and even if I missed some text, might've figured it out.) So cute!

Marianne said...

You had me until the needle. Cute, though!

Miss Kitty said...

Cute pumpkin and funny text! I made a pumpkin stem out of deco mesh for a door decor but after I saw the picture I took for a tutorial, I couldn't even publish it...it might have been taken out of context and look naughty.

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

LOL! Now THAT is a cute little fabric pumpkin! I'm impressed!
xo Heidi

Eclectically Vintage said...

Now that's a stick!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

He's a cute little guy!

Linking from Debbidoos,
Ricki Jill

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

You had me at sleazy ...



karen@somewhatquirky said...

Hmm, didn't realize these were so easy I think I will make some for myself. They are kind of cute (especially the pornographic teeny ones).

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