11 September 2010
Boo pumpkin... wrap up...
So, when last we left each other, the pumpkin was wearing a witches hat... now it's time to do the arms and legs, and make the boo banner... then put it all together.
The arms and legs have to be formed (instructions on the pattern for the forming). When they are done, you choose where you want the arms, and legs, to be on the body. Mine are about "shoulder" level for the arms, if pumpkins have shoulders, and closer to the front of the body for the legs (makes it easier for the pumpkin to sit when finished, experience speaking, you can trust me on that one!). Using the sharp, pointy end of scissors, poke holes where you decide... CAREFULLY. You don't want the holes to get too big.
Insert the tip of the glue bottle into the holes, and then GENTLY, but firmly, insert the arms into the arm holes, and the legs into the leg holes...into the glue that you just squirted inside the holes... and then leave it alone for at least an hour. (More patience... argh). But, while that is drying, it's a great time to work on the banner, so let's do that.
Cut three banner pieces in a solid color, and the contrasting fabric that you will use with them. I used black for the part of the banner I was going to put my B O O on, and two other fabrics. You can use any solid color you want in place of the black, and you could use only one contrast if you prefer. I would have gone with three contrasting fabrics, but it would have made it far too big. I trimmed the first contrasting fabric with pinking shears before I layered it all together because it would have been very difficult to do it after.
Sew the layers of each banner piece together, and do the final trimming with pinking shears to create the triangle shape.
Then, sew the ribbon across the tops of all three (leaving about an 1 1/2" to 2" on the ends to tie to the pumpkin) to create the banner. Trim off any extra stray fibers that you may have sticking up anywhere and move on to the "b-o-o".
Using the orange acrylic paint, paint the letters B, O, and O on the triangles. Before the paint dries, cover in the glitter. When it dries, tap the glitter off so that you see the letters, and then tie the banner to the hands of the pumpkin so that the message can be read.
Set your cutie somewhere to make you (and others) smile... Mine will be going in my office window, looking out over the grounds, so everyone who takes their walks by it can see it. We have lots of people who walk in our area of campus, and I've actually had folks come into the office from outside asking to see things that I sit in my window. How cool is that?
Now, on to the pattern... Here's the deal... if you would like to have the pattern and instructions for creating the Boo pumpkin email me and I will happily send them to you in a PDF format.(email@example.com)
Here's the "fine print"... Remember that you can use this pattern for personal use, but you may not take credit for creating it. Feel free to use the pic of the finished pumpkin on your blog if you like (linking back to me and giving me credit) so that others can email me for the pattern too. The pattern is free.
And here is a very important note: IF you email me to request this pattern, you do not get put on any email list, and you won't get continuous emails from me about new things or other "promotions", I hate it when that happens to me...ugh... and I refuse to do it to others. So, rest assured that you won't be on any list (unless you ask me to put you on the Creativity Invitation mailing list, then you get emailed the prompt every month.)
Now, in return I am going to ask you a favor... If you use the pattern, send me a pic of the pumpkin you make... or, upload it to the flicker group so I can share them with everyone!
Even finer print... I hold the copyright to this pattern and reserve all rights.
Posted by ACreativeDreamer