This fun, fall kit provides everything you need to create a stuffed fleece pumpkin out of orange, green and light-yellow pumpkin pattern fabric with green fleece leaves and a black felt stem. In addition, there is a 15″ round fall-colored placemat that can be decorated with included felt appliques for the stuffed pumpkin to be displayed upon. The stuffed pumpkin will be about 8 inches round and 5 inches tall once completed.
Assembly instruction overview:
A 13″ pumpkin patterned fleece fabric square is provided with tactile paint surrounding the drilled holes around the perimeter of the square. You will fold the 13″ fleece square in half lengthwise and put it on the table in front of you with the long folded side of the fleece rectangle facing you on the table, the long open side facing away from you, and the two short open sides to the right and left. Line up the holes in the front and back of the folded fleece. The holes in the lower left short side and lower right short side will be on the fold of the fabric. Next lace one of the green fleece strips through the eye of the plastic needle and tie a knot at the end of the strip. You will perform the running stitch to lace up the left short side of the rectangle from the bottom corner to the top, beginning inside the folded fabric to bring the needle bottom up through the lower left corner hole, pulling through until stopped from the knot which you will tuck inside the folded fabric. Then perform the running stitch going up and down through the holes on the front and back of the left short side until the needle and ribbon is pulled through the top left-hand corner holes of the short side. Next, repeat this process with a second green fleece strip to lace up the right short side from the bottom corner to the top. This will leave two long fleece tails coming out of the top left and top right corner holes of the short sides of the rectangle, and the long side is left open.
Now you will put in stuffing to fill the center of the rectangle. Take the polyfill that is in a plastic baggy and stuff it inside the open side of the rectangle spreading it out fairly evenly. It will fill out the rectangle quite fully. Then you are ready to lace up the top left side of the rectangle. Take the long fleece tail coming out of the top left corner hole on the short side and lace it through the eye of your plastic needle, then begin to perform the running stitch to lace through the holes in front and back of the long side going up and down through the holes from left to right until you have gone through about six holes (approximately in the center of the long side). Pull the fleece tail tightly to form gathers in the seam.
Next, repeat these steps to lace up the top right side of the rectangle. Take the long fleece tail coming out of the top right corner hole on the short side and lace it through the eye of your plastic needle, then begin to perform the running stitch to lace through the holes in front and back of the long side going up and down through the holes from right to left until you have gone through five holes up to meet the other fleece tail that was laced through on the left. Pull the fleece tail tightly to form gathers in the seam.
Now you will add the pumpkin stem in the top center. Take the three-inch black felt rolled fabric stem and put the bottom section of the stem which is underneath the elastic, so that it is tucked into the stuffing between the opening where the left and right fleece tails meet. Make sure the fabric stem above the elastic is sticking out the top center but the elastic is not showing.
Next, you will tightly pull the fleece tails around two sides of the stuffed rectangle, like you are wrapping ribbon around a gift, to form a pumpkin shape with four quarters. Cross the left fleece tail over and under the right fleece tail so that you can pull the left tail to the right and the right tail to the left as tightly as possible, cinching together the right and left sides into the center so that the rectangle looks and feels more like a ball. Then pull the fleece tails tightly down opposite sides of the ball shape to meet at the bottom center and crisscross one of the tails underneath the other and pull them tightly up the opposite sides of the ball until they come together at the top side by the stem again. Now you should feel the pumpkin shape with four puffy quartered sections divided by the fleece strips. Crisscross one of the tails underneath the other and pull tightly, making sure that the stem is still securely tucked in with about an inch and a half sticking up at the top center, then tie the tails together into a tight knot to secure the pumpkin shape.
Add the leaves to your pumpkin. Take out the two green fleece leaves from a baggy. Put one of the green fleece tails at the top center of the pumpkin through the eye of the plastic needle, then lace it top-down through one of the slits in the center between the two green fleece leaves then pull the needle and tail back up through the second slit between the two green fleece leaves. Slide the fleece leaves into the top center of the pumpkin so that one leaf is draped on one side of the stem and the other leaf is draped down the opposite side of the stem. Tie the two tails into a tight knot to secure the leaves, then trim the tail ends. This completes your stuffed pumpkin.
Decorating the round 15″ placemat. Take the sticky back leaf appliques and remove the paper from the backing, then apply to the edges of the placemat about evenly spaced around the perimeter. Finally, place your stuffed pumpkin in the center of the placemat on a table for a festive, fall decoration!