Pumpkin Patch Teddy
Enjoy the lighter side of fall's most spooktacular holiday with a soft cuddly-looking friend. He might look tricky but here's a treat - no machine-sewing required!
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STYROFOAM Brand Foam
- Balls: 4", one; 2-1/2", two; 1", one
- Egg, 2-1/2"
- Felt: light brown plush, 1/6 yd.; off-white plush, 4"x 6";
- orange, 9" x 12" sheets, two; dark brown, 3" square;
- moss green, 2" square
- Dark brown embroidery floss
- Black beads, 6mm, two
- Natural wooden buttons, 1/2", two
- 1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Measureand cut 1"-thick slice from top of 4" foam ball (pumpkin top);rest of ball becomes pumpkin suit. Cut upper third from one2-1/2" foam ball (upper body); cut remainder of ball in half(feet). Cut 1" ball in half (paws). Cut egg in half lengthwise (arms).
- 2. Use fingers to slightly flatten one side of remaining2-1/2" foam ball (head). Note: For ease in assembly, placefoam shapes in proper order - from pumpkin top down to feet -on work surface.
- 3. Cut patterns from felt as indicated. In addition, cut 1/2"x 2" strip from dark brown felt (stem) and two 1/2" x 5"strips from orange felt (pumpkin straps).
- 4. Use compass to draw following circles on wrong side oflight brown plush felt: 6" (head); three 5" (feet/upper body);four 2" (soles/paws). Draw 3" circle (muzzle) on wrong side ofoff-white plush felt. Draw following circles on orange felt:9" (pumpkin); 5" (pumpkin top); 3" (pumpkin top base). Cut outcircles and place near corresponding foam shapes.
- 5. Place arms flat side down on wrong side of light brownplush felt; draw line around each arm, 1" beyond foam edges. Cut out.
- 6. Cover foam shapes with corresponding felt pieces. Centerfoam shape, rounded side down, on felt. Bring felt up to flatside of foam shape. Pin felt at four opposite points; gatherexcess between pins. Glue felt to foam; let dry. Remove pins.Glue soles to feet and felt base to pumpkin top. Note:Alternate method is to use upholstery thread to sew gatheringstitch close to edge of felt circles; tightly pull thread togather felt around foam shapes and knot to secure.
- 7. Sew gathering stitch close to edge of felt muzzle. Tightlypull thread to gather; knot to secure. Flatten muzzle, withgathers at center back. Tie brown embroidery floss aroundcenter of muzzle; knot at back. Apply small amount powderedblush to muzzle if desired. Glue muzzle to head, and nose tomuzzle, as shown.
- 8. Use tip of scissors to poke two eye holes through feltabove muzzle. Glue 6mm beads into holes.
- 9. With wrong sides together, glue one off-white and one lightbrown piece together for each ear. Glue ears, slightly cupped,to head.
- 10. Thread needle with six strands embroidery floss. To create"toes," bring needle up through foot to one side, then takethread down over top of foot to bottom again. Repeat, bringingneedle up at center of foot. Repeat once more on other side.Secure thread at bottom of foot.
- 11. Using photo as guide, glue face pieces to pumpkin. Glueupper body to top of pumpkin. Glue feet, rounded side up, tobottom of pumpkin. Glue head and arms to body. Glue paws to ends of arms.
- 12. Glue one end of straps to front of pumpkin as shown. Bringstraps over shoulders; overlap ends and glue at center back ofpumpkin. Glue buttons to straps.
- 13. Thread needle with three strands embroidery floss. Secureneedle at center bottom of pumpkin top. Wrap floss over top,along center line and back to bottom. Repeat twice more,dividing pumpkin top into sixths; knot floss to secure. Rollfelt stem into cylinder; glue to center top. Glue leaf to eachside of stem. Glue pumpkin top to head.
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