FRIDAY ! FREEBIES: Four Pumpkins and a Ghost

Today’s FRIDAY ! FREEBIES include some pumpkin patterns and a couple of ghosts. I know it’s a bit late for Halloween but these don’t take too long, especially the pumpkin potholders so let’s start with them.

Pumpkin Potholders
I’ve been experimenting with some Moda coordinated fabrics. I’ve done a few projects with these and will show more of them later.

Pumpkin Potholders two ways from Moda fabric

Pumpkin Potholders two ways from Moda fabric

You’ll see that in one set, I used a overcast stitch to finish them. I had planned to use bias tape but getting it around all those curves seemed overwhelming. I used the bias tape for the handle (6″). In my second try, I stitched  wrong sides together.

Here are some images of the steps I took with these. You can download the pattern here.

A version of the transfer pen I use is available on amazon.ca.

 

Strips of Moda fabrics sewn together.

Strips of Moda fabrics sewn together.

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Pin the pattern on the strips of Moda fabric or fabric of your choice.

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Tab stitched on the right side of the top in the second option

Blue line indicates space to leave open for turning.

Blue line indicates space to leave open for turning.

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Trim the padding to within an inch of it’s life. Turn and top stitch.

After turning and top stitching, or simply stitching around the edge, use a plain quilting stitch – I used my walking foot – to stitch the lines in the pattern. You can transfer them to the fabric using an iron-on transfer pen, tracing paper or draw with chalk.

Closeup of top stitching

Close up of top stitching

 

Pumpkin Pillow
This one is quite a bit more complicated. I will be detailing the layer, stitch and cut method in a later post. I used ideas I got from the video of Beryl Taylor (she’s obviously much more experienced than I am) and create a four-layered pumpkin and decided to feature it on a decorative cushion. You’ll see pins in my pillow because it’s not quite finished but I did want to show it as a pumpkin option.

Pumpkin Pillow

Pumpkin Pillow

Perhaps you can see the layering in this image.

Perhaps you can see the layering in this image.

I used a fusible web to applique the pumpkin and the stem to the pillow fabric and then used a variety of decorative stitches to secure it to the background fabric. if you have a sewing machine that does text, it might be fun to add a few words to the image.

You can download the pumpkin pattern here. The background fabric is cut 16″ X 16″ but that can vary depending on the size of your pillow.

Pumpkin Placemat
Another way to use the pattern for the pumpkin, is to create a placemat for it. However, in this one, I’m using Pentel fabric pastels. There’s really no reason you cannot use fabric for the same design. For the placemat, you will need, in addition to the pumpkin pattern above, the leaf pattern, the Halloween text pattern and the spider web pattern. Download leaves here. Download Halloween text here. Download spider web here.

Placemat, approx. 18" x 13"

Placemat, approx. 18″ x 13″

The pictures below illustrate some of the steps in the process.

Use a transfer pen to iron on the design. Alternatively, use your tracing paper.

Use a transfer pen to iron on the design. Alternatively, use your tracing paper.

Iron on the design.

Iron on the design. Do these same two steps with the text and the pumpkin.

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Sketched out cobweb using chalk pencil.

Sketched out cobweb using chalk pencil.

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Outlined all the items on the place mat. I used a wider stitch on the pumpkin as I wanted to emphasize it.

Details

Details

 

Now the promised ghost(s)
I believe that’s actually five pumpkins (if you count the potholders as three rather than two different designs but who’s counting???) I was thinking of ideas of fun things you could do with kids or grandkids. I came up with these two versions of the ghost placemat. The first one is a standard size and uses the Pentel fabric pastels I used above along with a bit of rough and ready embroidery. I haven’t done any in years so it is very basic. You can download the ghost and gravestone pattern here.

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Let the kids draw their own and even put their name on it. You can then quilt accordingly and finish the edges with bias binding, or, if you’re in a real hurry or have a lot of grandkids, use an overlock stitch or your serger.

By the way, fabric pastels need to be heat set and even then I did not find them holding up to well in the wash. Either make this a one use item or top stitch along the outline to make it more permanent.

For those of you who have fabric and no pastels, the second version of the ghost. This place mat was cut a bit smaller, about 11″ X 16″. You can use the same pattern download as for the place mat above.

All fabric ghost mat.

All fabric ghost mat.

Those of you who know Gail and Alvina will know that they are much more careful and accurate at sewing than I am. I like the to come up with the ideas. I used a button-hole type stitch to do the letters and an overlock stitch to outline the ghost and gravestone. I think this would benefit from some embroidery stitching around the eyes. I used a fusible web to applique the ghost, gravestone and tiny pumpkins. I finished the placemat with bias binding but you could also do a serger-type edge. For all of these I used a fusible fleece by Pellon.

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