Disclosure: The following review is part of the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Celebrate the Season campaign. I received a compensation for this review; however, this is my personal, honest opinion based on my experience.
‘Tis the season for dismembered body parts, rodents displayed on mantels and glass jars of insects. There are some spoooooky little vignettes out there. I am thrilled to participate in Jo-Ann Fabric’s Holiday Campaign which is pretty much a euphemism for getting my Halloween craft on. The assignment we were given was #spookyspaces. Well, spooky I can do… but my kids, not so much. So I had to come up with some spooky-ish spaces. (No severed body parts just yet…. try explaining that to a preschooler otherwise alarmed by “bugs” like fruitflies.)
I started with a pumpkin. Radical, I know. I poked around online and determined that all of the sewing patterns for pumpkins were about the same shape…
For the fabric, I used felt, scraps from the Jo-Ann scrap bin, and a few clothing items purchased %50 off at Goodwill. (Tweed blazer much?) On some pumpkins, I hand sewed the seams with embroidery thread, but for most of them, I just cranked them out on the sewing machine. Took no time.
I left the top open just a bit in order to stuff with Polyfill and then hand-sewed the corners all together.
A quick google search for what shape a pumpkin leaf is and I had an outline with which to work… This sparkly green silk was on sale at Jo-Anns but it was super flimsy, so I used some iron-on backing to give the fabric a little more thickness.
Then it was simply a matter of tracing, cutting and a few quick stitches to make my pumpkins nice and leafy. A little more work with the embroidery thread could have given some veins for the leaves, but I was happy with the simple green outline.
I love the bright colors and the easy arrangement of my eclectic pumpkins…
But back to spooking these guys up (remember… the challenge is #spookyspaces, not #pumpkinspaces)… I lined up the assorted pumpkins on our mantel and brought in as many Halloween/ spooky details as I could without sending my kids into Halloween spooky fits. (Think spider webs, plastic bugs, a glowing rat, and one black raven.)
I doubt that Wes Craven or Stephen King will be over to take notes, but consider us as spooked as we’re gonna get this year!
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