Pumpkin Goodies

October 10, 2018By Janice FergusonDIY, Holiday, Projects 43 Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

It’s a pumpkin patch of goodies and so much fun to make! With your Brother Embroidery machine, you can quickly stitch enough to fill a basket of these cuties. Delight visiting children or any young friends at church or community gatherings. Mail a few to your grandchildren or deliver some to nursing home friends or children at a homeless shelter. Because pumpkin season runs long, from fall to Thanksgiving, a wagon load would not be too many. You will have a good time making and giving these away as the the possible variations are unlimited. You will have a hard time stopping with one. I could not! Individual pumpkins are mixed in with the directions. WARNING: These can be addictive.

Here are a few variations: Burlap, curly ribbon, burlap strand ribbon, printed felt, printed burlap

Basic Pumpkin


Requirements for one pumpkin

  • (2) 5” felt orange squares for 4×4 size or (2) 6” squares for 5×7 size
  • 3-4” circle of clear vinyl
  • Tearaway stabilizer for 4×4 or 5×7 frame
  • Plenty of yummy Halloween candy

Notions:

  • 10” ribbon
  • Large tapestry needle
  • Painters masking tape

Thread:

  • Embroidery thread green and orange, white and optional green bobbin

Downloads:

Note: There are so many interesting printed burlaps that would make cute pumpkins. I like to cut a wider distance from the stitching to create fringe. Adding curly ribbon makes it more festive.
Tips:

  • Pay very close attention to the sequence. There would have been enough pumpkins for a neighborhood full of trick-or-treaters if I had not ruined so many by not following the prescribed order.
  • Craft felt pieces come in two styles, stiff and soft. Either will work, but the stiff is more expensive. If I have both kinds in one color, I like to use the stiff felt for the top. It does not distort so much once it is filled with candy.
  • If using stiff felt, penetration of the eyelet is easier with the use of a sharp cutting tool such as an art knife.
  • The stabilizer will likely be visible on the trimmed outer edges. If using black or dark felt, use black tearaway. Otherwise, trim close to the outer edges BEFORE cutting out the pumpkin shape. It is much easier to trim between two larger pieces of felt than two narrow ones.

Note: This would have looked nice with gold metallic thread. I always get these ideas too late. Maybe I’ll make another one!

Directions:


There are 8 color stops: NOTE that the pumpkin may be stitched entirely in one color. However, do not select the single color icon on your machine as it will eliminate the necessary color stops.

  1. Color Stop #1: Outline pumpkin and window on stabilizer. A dried up red marker was used to add some shading. I think it was too dry to show up much. But you could get some interesting effects with this technique.



  • An almost dried up marker was used to add shading. I think it was too far gone to make an impact, but you could get some interesting effects by adding shaded color.
  1. Color Stop #2: Place vinyl over round window outline. Stitch in place and trim approximately ¼” from stitching line.
Note: No need to trim closely because this won’t show. Cutting wide makes the window more secure when little hands squeeze and play with the pumpkin.


  • Cut felt to fit in frame. Print a template or place inner hoop over felt and draw just inside with marking pen. Take care not to mark your hoop. A chalk or water soluble marker would be a better choice, but neither would show up in the photo. Cut the felt generously so as to just fit inside the frame.


Note: Some orange burlap scraps were left over from another project. Threads were pulled from a long edge and twisted together to make a twine cord. Why didn’t I straighten the bow before taking the photo?
  1. Tape felt in place outside the stitching area. Color Stop #3: Stitch Color Stop #3: The pumpkin outline.

  1. Trim stabilizer from behind window and close to stitching line. Stabilizer that extends into the window will show on the finished pumpkin.

  1. Stitch Color #4: Curved lines.

  1. Stitch Color #5: The circular window outline. Trim away felt 1/8-1/16” from stitching.

Note: Notice BOO! on the ribbon. It is fun to print text on the Brother P-touch Embellish ribbon and tape printer. This little device can print ribbons for every occasion, or just for fun.



  • Stitch Color #6: The Eyelet



Tip: Use of variegated thread gives interesting effects.
  1. Stitch Color #7: Pumpkin top curve

Note: Be sure no thread tails extend into the window. After the next step they will be trapped there and visible.

Ho hum… maybe some marker shading would have spruced this up. Or maybe you prefer a plain-Jane pumpkin..?

  1. Cut felt for pumpkin back as done in step #3. Remove frame from machine and tape to stabilizer outside stitching area.


Look at those cute spiders on the ribbon. Materials for Halloween decorating are endless—and cute.

  1. Stitch Color #8: Outline of lower ¾ of pumpkin. This is the time to trim stabilizer up to outline.

  1. Trim around pumpkin outline, 1/8-1/4” from stitching.

This is another printed felt tied up with witches’ feet. So cute.

  1. Punch hole through eyelet and backing felt with awl or point of scissors.

  1. Stuff pumpkin with candy. Thread ribbon through hole and tie closed.

A friend tested the design and couldn’t stop herself either. Here are some of her darling pumpkins. It makes me want to make more!

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43 Comments

  • Janice,
    Thank you for such a cute and fun project. Your directions are awesome and the free download was an added bonus to really follow along and learn!
    You always present a complete and total package with your tutorials and I learn so much from them.
    Thank you

    • Thanks, Terri. This really is such a fun little project and makes a quick and easy little gift for just about anyone. I plan to send 6 to my 97 yo uncle who just moved into assisted living. He can hand them out to his new friends.

    • Thank you, Rheeta. It is just the sort of thing I like to have on hand for visiting children and for the kids at church. And, of course, the grandchildren! Get started on your ton of these!

  • Dear Janice,
    This has got to be the most darling workable project even for a beginner. I can see adapting it for Christmas (ornament or bell),
    Valentine’s Day a heart, Easter an egg. Could the top be left open so that the pumpkin becomes a gift bag?
    Susanna

    • Susanna, what a good idea to modify this for other holidays! I was focused on Halloween, this season’s holiday. Now I’ll have to get busy with a few more of these using your ideas! Thanks for much for the inspiration.

  • Dear Janice,
    Thank you for the most clever and manageable project even for beginner stage seamstress. Would it be difficult to adapt this project for various holiday themes…..Christmas bells or stars, Valentine hearts, Easter eggs?
    Thank you for the wonderful lessons you teach online.
    Susanna

    • Thanks, Penny. I’m glad you find the instructions easy to follow. I’m a slow learner and need lots of help with a new project. So the photos and detailed text are what I need to get something made up. I’m glad you do not find them too tedious. Thank you for taking time to post your comment.

  • Another winner, Janice! Such a cute design and, as always, your directions are so clear even I can follow them! Thank you!!

    • Barbara, I like complicated projects and I like simple ones. This easy peasy pumpkin is perfect for mass production. Who doesn’t have a gaggle of kids to delight? Thanks for your kind comment.

  • What a cute project. Great instruction. This would be a great project for beginners. This would make a wonderful little gift at a Halloween party.

  • Darling project, but I hate to print 20 pages of directions. Not a novice but I would like directions. Can you provide a pdf file or a printer friendly file with the directions?

    • Hi Sylvia,

      Thanks for reaching out!

      We added a downloadable PDF file of the directions at the bottom of the blog post (and you are right, it is a darling project!)

      Hope this helps!

      Happy Sewing!

      The Brother Sews Team

    • Sylvia, you got me thinking about something that has crossed my mind more than once. What would you think of an introductory, brief outline of the project that an experienced sewist could take an run with it? If any questions arise, you could refer to the more detailed instructions. I always try to shoot low enough for the novice and/or new Dream Machine owner. But with some background, someone like you could do with a lot less detail. What do you think? Brian, is that feasible?

    • Thanks, Carol. One reader sent me photos of the four she had made in one short evening. She added names to the pumpkins and curved the letters to echo the stitching lines. Very cute to personalize these treat bags.

  • What a cute, quick project! I love everything you do and especially appreciate the projects you share with us here. Your instructions are so clear and detailed. Thanks so much!!

    • Barbara, I’m so glad you like this little project. Sometimes I like a quicky hand out for a child or someone else. This fits the bill. Thank you for loving my projects here. You surely make me feel happy about my blog posts. And thank you for taking time to write this comment.

  • These are darling! I can certainly see using them as gift bags, too, filled with almost anything. Would make a darling, re-usable, hostess gift.
    Jane

  • Jane, I like your idea of re-usable gift bags. Our small group at church would enjoy having one of these. They couldbe refilled and given to children after thant….hmmmmm. I might be making a lot more of these! Thanks for taking time to post your comment.

  • Thank you so much for this darling little treat holder. I think the children (all ages!) will
    love these and they make such a cute display.

  • I’m glad you like this little pumpkin goodie bag, Mina. You are right that children of all ages will like these. We had dinner with friends tonight and I brought a bag for each of them. They grinned ear to ear, probably remembering those Trick or Treat nights from years ago. Thanks for your comment.

  • I made two for my youngest grandkids…. Have been informed MORE are needed for their BFF’s! Sew easy and sew fast. Love them!

  • Perfect! I especially love the burlap ones…I always forget about that fabric for projects. I’ll definitely make these for next year…and I also love the ideas of designing some for other holidays. Valentine’s Day in particular appeals to me.

    • Grammie, the burlap pumpkins are my favorite too. It comes in so many varieties! I had some with orange polka dots left over from another project, but at fabric stores you will see so many others. I’m putting a Valentine heart peekaboo goodie bag on my list of upcoming projects. So stay tuned! Thanks for your kind comment.

  • Janice, you did it again, with such complete and clear instructions that I feel like I can attempt this! I appreciate the photos for those of us who are visual learners and the many different looks you presented for inspiration. We’ll look forward to similar projects for other holidays!

  • Donna, I’m so glad you like this little project and find the instructions clear. Like you, I am a visual learner and as some wise man said, a picture is worth a thousand words. But I seem to add the thousand words! Thanks for your thoughtful comment.

  • These are so cute and the instructions are excellent! While I didn’t make any up for Halloween, I’m planning to *attempt* to make football shaped ones for Thanksgiving weekend. At my office we swap gifts, so I’m also thinking of making ornament shapes to hand out 🙂

    • Janine, you are so clever! Our entire family is football crazy and a football treat bag would be so cute to send to members who are not watching the games with us. Thanks for the great idea.

  • Awwww…Sandra, my Sigma Kappa sister, what a sweet idea. Wouldn’t it be fun to send to our SK house next Halloween. We’d better get started. My GZ chapter house at NIU houses 60 girls. That’s a LOT of pumpkins. And a lot of purple and lavender felt. Thanks for the idea.

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