Here is my process.
I decided to make a pumpkin for the tutorial; as it is that season, and I need something for my Autumn/Halloween swap.
If you have questions please let me know.
[NOTE: the photographs show the pumpkin pincushion in process.]
6 (8) pieces of 6X6" fabric in your color choice, I used batiks for my apples, and both batiks and metallic-dusted darks for the pumpkin.
1 piece of green fabric 2 ½ x 10” for leaves and stem
Thread for piecing and also contrast thread for veins in leaves.
Long doll needle & perle cotton.
Filling, I prefer crushed walnut shells form the reptile department at the pet store
small shank button for floret end of apple.
Pattern template 8X3 inch piece of card stock or plastic cut to cat's eye shape.
1 Make your pattern template by enlarging the schematic, the template is 8" long and 3" at widest point.
2 Cut 6 (8) wedges, I prefer to stack and whack with my rotary cutter.
3 Adjust the machine stitching to 12-15 stitches per inch. With right sides facing, layer the wedges into pairs and seam along 1 arc.
4 Take 2 of the paired sets and seam them together along one arc into a quad. (for the pumpkin repeat for the other 2 sets for 2 quads.) Make sure that your seams cross at the points for stability.
5 For the apple, seam the pair to the quad along one arc. (for the pumpkin seam the 2 quads together along 1 arc.)
Sew from one point past center and beyond for about 2 inches ending with a back-stitch.
7 Skip approximately 1-1½” back-stitch and seam to opposite point.
8 Turn piece inside out. You will have what looks like a deflated football (basketball), that is a good thing.
10 When the piece is about 75-80 % full, temporarily tape the opening closed. 11 With doll needle and perle cotton sew from the point , through the center, to the other point, to shape the apple (pumpkin) indentations. I try to get at least 4 passes sewn through the center, and place a shank button on the end opposite the stem.
12 Remove tape and continue to fill apple (pumpkin) until it is solid. Use a dowel or pencil, if necessary, to pack the filling.
13 With needle and thread, sew the seam closed— stitching should be very small and neat as possible. If necessary tighten the indentations with more perle cotton stitching through the center of your appe (pumpkin) core. ( this will tighten and firm up a somewhat squishy fabric. for the record the pumpkin weighs 2 pounds 5 ounces...)
14 Take leaf fabric, and place wrong sides together, draw, then machine stitch 2 leaves along diagonal of fabric following sketch. Using contrast thread adds interest when sewing veins.
and center stem. Cut out each leaf, as closely as possible to the stitching, then pinch the edges with your fingernails and run then along the cut edges for a bit of curl and frayed edge.
13) Fold remaining leaf fabric in half with right side together, and sew stem according to sketch. Turn right side out, stuff with fiber, yarn or cottonballs, sew to top of apple (pumpkin), tucking in raw edges
Apply leaves, covering the opening if necessary.
Enjoy...note that the templates will follow in next post...having issues with adding them. see sidebar for more pictures.