Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

Fabric Pumpkins
Here is a simple fall project for beginners!
 All you need to do is sew a straight stitch with a machine, or you can make this by hand. Even if it’s not a perfectly straight stitch, that is okay; this project is very forgiving.
Now to find some fabric scraps and yarn in fall colors!
You will need to cut your fabric into a rectangle; the length will need to be double the height.
So for a small pumpkin, you can cut a 9 X 18, or a 12 X 24, or any combination you like, and as long as the length is double the height, you should have a nicely shaped pumpkin.
Iron your fabric if you need to, and make sure you know your fabric content in order to not melt your fabric.
Fold fabric in half lengthwise and pin together, making sure print sides are together.
You can use a fabric pen, or fabric chalk, or pencil to mark where you will need to stop sewing. You will need at least a 3 inch opening to turn your fabric right side out and to stuff.
Then put into your machine, starting on the fold and sew all the open edges leaving the 3 inch opening.
Once you get about 1/4 inch to the end, stop!
Lift the foot of your machine and rotate your fabric.
Then drop the foot and continue to sew. Do this again at the next corner.
Once you get to the spot where you made your mark (if you did), do 3 reverse stitches to lock in your stitch, so that it won’t not unravel.
Next, it is time to do a baste stitch to what will be the bottom of your pumpkin before you turn it right side out. It is the side without the opening.
Just hand stitch to the end and make a double knot to keep it gathered.
This is what the bottom of your pumpkin should look like after you turn it right side out.
Now it’s time to stuff!! Don’t worry if your pumpkin doesn’t look so good. It will.
Then you hand stitch the opening with an invisible stitch.
This is what it should look like once it is sewed closed.
The bottom is cute stuffed.
Once again, we will do a baste stitch at the top of the pumpkin and tie a double knot to hold in place.
Then, we sew the gathering together to make a tight center like the picture above.
Now we are looking more like a pumpkin!
Now, to work with the yarn. I picked up this sail needle at Beverly’s. You notice the large eye hole and the sharp point. This is exactly what you need to make this part easy.
So thread your needle with the yarn, making sure it is long but not too long. You will be making at least 5 sections on your pumpkin. Knot the end just like the picture above.
Now to begin!
Looking good!
Now we are looking like a squatty pumpkin.
Now to work on the stem. If you want a chunky stem, cut your scrap nice and wide. But if you prefer a long stem, long and skinny is the way to go.
Follow same procedure as before – fold face or print sides together and pin.
Put into your sewing machine and follow the same steps as before, leaving the bottom open.
This is how it should look after sewing.
Turn right side out and stuff. Then hand stitch into the center of your pumpkin and double knot to secure and you’re done!
Make as many as you like! (Odd numbers always look best.)
I hope you enjoyed this project!
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Sewing Pattern- Owl Tutorial

As you know I love to sew and I enjoy making simple sewing projects for new sewist. this really is a new love for me, teaching young ones to sew is so much fun. So today, I would like to share my Owl pattern with you! Here is my pattern I designed to have some fun! So print and cut it out and let’s  start sewing!
Owl Face Printable 
Owl Body Printable

fabric owl

Now that you have printed and cut out your pattern, let’s begin with fabric selection.
You can choose fun colors that match a little girl’s room or boy’s room if you like.
Then play around with the colors to see what you like. Once you decide what colors all the pieces will be, put the print side of the fabric down and trace the parts using a disappearing ink pen or fabric pencil or fabric chalk- all excellent choices when tracing patterns.
Each pattern piece is labeled with how many fabric pieces you will need to cut, except the owl’s beak (which as you know you only need one beak.).
After you cut out all your pieces, play around with your fabric. Make sure you like what you have selected before you begin sewing.
This was my original choice, but I changed my mind. The brown fabric with bold white polk-a-dots will be the back.
This looks more colorful to me.
Now for the eyes. You will need fusible fabric. You can find this at Joann Fabrics and it’s only about $.99 per yard.  As you can see from the picture above, I used a pint glass as my template. I copied this for your pattern, since the size was just right.
At the ironing board, lay out your pieces and see exactly where you want the eyes to go.
Then carefully place your fabric on top.
Now you’re ready to iron!
Next, if you have chosen your buttons for the eyes, it is time to sew them on!
Now to work with the wings. You will need to place two wings on top of each other with printed sides together. Then sew together with a 1/4 inch inseam.
When you sew about 1/4 inch from the tip, lift the foot of the machine and rotate the wing, and continue to sew.
You can see in the picture above what the sew line should look like on your wing. Then cut the tip, being careful not to cut your sew line.
Once both wings are sewn, turn wings right side out then iron flat on your ironing board.
Now start placing the owl parts together. It is starting to take shape! How exciting! As you can see, the wings get tucked under the face part of the owl. Also be sure that the wings are just over 1/4 inch away from the edge. You will not want to sew them in the the side seam. Once everything is pinned into place, you can put it into the sewing machine and sew.
This is how you should put the owl into your sewing machine. It’s looking super cute!
Next I cut a beak from a piece of orange felt fabric.
Then I enjoy a little hand sewing.
Now we are getting close to finishing our project! So now we get our two body pieces…
…and put the printed sides together and pin into place.
Then, put in the sewing machine. Keep in mind we will be leaving the bottom open so we can turn right side out and stuff!
Remember to lift the foot 1/4 inch from the edge and rotate fabric, drop the foot and continue sewing.
I left a generous side opening at the bottom. You can just stuff your owl with stuffing and use as a little decorative pillow, or you can stuff your owl’s head with stuffing and fill the rest with beans to make it more of a shelf decoration. I have done this with another owl that I use as a bookend.
Once right side out you are ready to stuff.
Once stuffed you can hand sew the bottom closed using the invisible stitch.
Now you have a cute little stuffed owl decoration for your home!
I hope you like it.
For little kids who can’t sew, you can print the body pattern, and cut it out and use as a patten for kids crafts.
You can even make bats with this pattern and trace their little hands to make bat wings!
Like I said, sometimes my mind never stops!

Crafts for Boys – Plaster Masks

My Arts & Crafts For Boys class has kept me pretty busy lately. I am so happy that my ideas are exciting for them. I will always remember the day I mentioned this project in class; the eyes that popped out of their heads and the jaws that dropped. They thought it was so cool, and, well, it is. I still remember the day I did this in art class, the feeling of the plaster wrap getting warm on my face, and the slightly painful removal of the mask. Ouch!!! But totally worth the fun!

Before we begin, we need to cut the wrap into manageable strips. The wrap comes in a 5 yard roll, so cutting 1 inch wide strips is a must!

Yes, that is one old jar of petroleum jelly.

So, we begin by pulling our hair back with a head band, and greasing up our faces with Petroleum Jelly, making sure to go heavy on the hair line and on the eyebrows. The plaster will pull out any hair if not covered with petroleum. (It happened to me.)

Next, we get a bowl of warm water, a rag towel, and a pair of scissors. I had the boys partner up with a buddy, and take turns putting the plaster strips on each other. This is a messy process, so beware! The trick is to run the plaster strip between two fingers to remove extra water. That way there is less drip and less mess. We need to work on getting at least 3 even layers on the face, avoiding the eyes with petroleum and plaster wrap. We do not cover the nose but can cover the bridge of the nose. I left it up to each child to communicate with their partner if they wanted their mouth covered or not. Most chose not to have their mouth covered.

The boys enjoyed putting the jelly and asked if it would hurt, and wanted to make sure all areas were well covered. So double check their work!
I did warn them that they would feel a warm sensation on their faces as the plaster began to set.
I didn’t want them to be alarmed.
Next, it was the partner’s turn to get greased up.
After about 15 to 20 minutes it is safe to have an adult carefully remove the mask.
The masks will need to dry a full 24 hours before painting and decorating. The underside will still feel moist due the the petroleum jelly, but is safe to get painting.
So here are the masks the boys made!!!
Now to get painting!!!
I love watching these boys get to work.
Even the youngest does a great job!
Such focus!
When they are happy, I am happy!
I love watching the 3rd graders work side by side with the kindergartners.
A great time was had by all!
Good work, boys!!!
Until the next craft!
To find the Plaster Wrap for this project you will need to go to your local art supply store.
I found mine at:
 Riley Street Art Supply
103 Maxwell Ct.
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Valentine’s Day Craft – Valentine People

I am so happy to share with you this super easy craft. This is one of those crafts we make every year, just because it is fun. The best part, is watching them give the Valentine people character. I love to laugh with my kids as they experiment with the final look of the faces.

This is where we begin. Paper.

Pink construction paper

red construction paper

black construction paper


heart shaped punch (optional)

glue sticks

straight edge


So, I started with a green piece of construction paper to make a heart templet to start with, little did I know my son was going to use it.


So, to start, I trace the heart on to the red construction paper. 1 per person. This is the face/ body.


If you happen to have a little heart puncher, feel free to punch out lots of little hearts. You will need 5-6 for this project. But since it is Valentines day I cut out lots to save and use later for our Valentine cards.


Next, I use a straight edge to make lines on pink construction paper about equal widths. Each child will need 4 strips. 2 for arms and 2 for legs.


Fold all the strips accordion style.


For the black construction paper, I use the glue stick as the template for the circles. These will be the eyes for the face.


I also like to use the black construction paper to make eyelashes for the Valentine girls or eyebrows for Valentine men. The size can be anything you like but mine are about a 1/2 inch wide and 1 1/14 inch long. As you can see from the picture I cut little slits in the paper to make the lashes. I do nothing for the eyebrows.  You can even use the same eyelash idea to make a bushy mustache.


Here are all the supplies ready to go!


Here are my sweet little puddle jumpers I craft with.


Let’s begin!


I am glad the green heart has made Little D happy.


I am finding my kids are always bringing the markers to the craft table…

and crayons.


Coming together!


Little hands hard at work…love it.


See what I mean! Super silly but cute too. As you can see you glue little hearts to the ends of the accordion fold strips. This makes the hands and feet of the person and you just glue them to the big heart face.


My idea was red, my son had other plans. But it turned out GREAT! I love this one actually. I couldn’t help but laugh with joy.


There you have it!

I hope you enjoy making these with your little loves.


Crafts For Boys – Recycled Toilet Paper roll Race Cars

toilet paper race car

 We had another fun week over here with our Crafts for Boys class. We kept it simple, and recycled some toilet paper rolls along the way! I really do enjoy these recycled projects, they open up your mind to look at things differently. It makes life all the more fun.

So, here is today’s adventure!


These is all the supplies you need:

Toilet paper rolls

black foam paper 

hole puncher

brass fasteners

paper plates, to work on

tempera paint and paint brushes

black permanent markers


Tacky glue

     So, now begins the preparation.


Find a round object that would make a good size tire on a toilet paper roll car. In my case I used a small duck tape roll. After I made a few circles on the outside circumference. I made some circles using the inner circle too. I thought it would be fun to make cars with the big wheels in back and smaller wheels up front like a hot rod.


Cut them all out and have them ready for the boys. I like mine is stacks, so mine are in stacks of 4.

Second, punch holes in the toilet paper rolls on opposite ends.


Keep the holes even if you are using all the same size circles for tires. If you are using small tires for the front be sure to make your hole punches accordingly.


Make sure the holes match on opposite sides of the roll. This will be the place you put your black foam circles with the brass fasteners to make the tires.

Once that is all done, then it is time to get the boys ready to paint.


As you can see, the paper plates make an excellent place to work, keeping clean up minimal.


I love listening to the boys chatter as they work. I get a little insight to the boy world.


I was amazed how much they know about football.


The tires are starting to go on and so are finishing touches.


Such sweet boys.


Here is a completed car with big wheels. We even added a windshield, cut out from another toilet paper roll.


Here is one that has the small wheels in the front making it more of a hot rod style.

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Then there is the basic model.

But all are fun to make. The brass fasteners easily go through the foam paper, making it super easy to work with. It gives the kids a different texture to work with too.

I hope you enjoy our recycled toilet paper race cars as much as we did.


Crafts for Boys – Helicopter Craft with Recycled Egg Carton

I had the pleasure of enjoying another wonderful craft last week with my Crafts for Boys class. Every boy seemed to enjoy the little helicopters we made. The best thing about this craft, is that we got to recycle some paper egg cartons.

First. we begin with the prep work. This should be done by an adult. Here are the supplies you will need to start.


1 18 count egg carton

1 pair of scissors

1 glue gun and a couple glue sticks

1 paper plate to work on

So, the first thing we do is cut off the egg carton parts we don’t need.


Feel free to put these pieces in the recycle bin.


Next, cut off the first row of egg molds.


Cut to separate the molds, recycling the ends. We want our helicopters to look uniform.


Next, cut the next 2 pieces of the egg carton so you have you pieces that look like this. This will end up being the back of your helicopter.


Then cut the sides off so the center has 2 humps. Then cut between the two humps making the back of the helicopter.


Next, with the remaining uncut carton, cut the tips off. This will be for your propeller at the top of your helicopter.


Don’t forget to clean up any extra edges for a nice clean look.


We will need to poke holes at the bottoms of the egg carton molds to make room for the brass fasteners.


Be sure not to make them too big and make sure the egg carton tips have holes in them too.


This is how all your parts should line up.


Now to begin the hot glue process on your paper plate.


We will hot glue the sides of the helicopter tail to attach to the egg mold making a helicopter.


You can already see it coming together!


carefully hot glue around the propeller base and glue to the helicopter top.


Now they are ready for paint!!!!


Now for the propellers, I used yellow construction paper and cut it into strips. Feel free to use any color you like.


Make sure you have all your supplies ready!

paint, paint brushes, hole punchers, paper plates to work on, black permanent markers (for extra details) and brass fasteners.

Let the fun begin!!!


Look at all the cuties!


I love to see little busy boys!



Once the paint is dry, put the propellers on top of the helicopter and feed the brass fastener through the hole.


Now you see why we don’t want big holes.


Then just open up the fastener legs and your propeller is on!


Super cute right!

I hope you have as much as we did!

Thank you www.thecrafttrain.com for the inspiration!

Crafts for Boys – Making Robots Out of Recycled Cereal Box

Crafts are always so much fun for both boys and girls. But with an overwhelming saturation of girls crafts, I decided to try my hand on boys-only crafts (which I know some girls would enjoy too). So at our homeschool Campus Day I teach a Crafts for Boys class. It is my believe that we should teach our boys to be creative, have a great imagination, and to be good at working with their hands. I feel the training needs to start now. After all we want our boys to grow up and be good providers for their families this is the foundation for whatever field they choose. So, I thought it would be fun to share this adventure with you. So I hope you join me on my journey of 32 inspiring ideas for Crafts for Boys.
We will begin with a robot theme. So of course, I begin with a stop at the library and check out a selection of Robot books I like.  It’s fun to talk to the boys about robots and see what they know about them. Then expand on what they know or don’t know.

For the craft I gathered; an empty cereal box, lids from milk or juice containers, 2 empty paper towel rolls, 2 empty toilet paper rolls, 2 brass fasteners, felt in desired colors, aluminum foil, tape, and a hot glue gun for mom to use.

This is where we start. The cereal box and the foil.

     First, have your little crafter wrap a long sheet of foil around the cereal box and wrap it up like a gift.
Leave the top open and, mom, you use a sharp pair of scissors to poke a hole on each side of the box for the arms. 
Try and make the holes even on both sides.

Then poke a hole on one end of each paper towel roll and use the brass fasteners to attach to the box.

Now you have a body and arms. Now that the arms are on, you can close the top of the box and seal the foil to cover the box.

Now comes time to design the robot. How many knobs do you want? Do you want to make a face? or legs? Get as creative as you wish. Mom, use the glue gun to glue on legs, eyes, and knobs so they don’t have to wait for glue to dry and can play immediately. You can use felt to give it color and make a design on it. Use your imagination!

 I hope you enjoy my project!