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   Pumpkin apple covers Posted by Chica 
October 12, 2010 
Chica
 

Toolbox

  • orange fabric
  • ruler or 12" platter
  • scissors
  • sewing machine and thread
  • green and brown felt
  • green ribbon
  • beads
  • safety pin

Last week I told you that Jo and I are contestants in Season 5 of SYTYC, and the theme of the first week of competition was “Pumpkin”. Now that the voting is over and we tell you which craft was ours, I’d love to share our tutorial with you!

We made fabric pumpkin covers for apples. You know how much Jo loves her candy apples and I love caramel ones, but they can be a little boring to look at. We came up with the idea to make pumpkin covers for them to dress them up for Halloween. They are easy to make and can also be used for plain apples, popcorn balls, or any round treat or prize. What a fantastic gift they would make for those special trick-or-treaters in your life this Halloween.

You’ll need some nice pumpkin-y orange fabric to make the covers, as well as a little green and brown felt and some green ribbon. Lay the orange fabric out on the table and trace a 12″ circle onto it, using a nice big plate or platter you hopefully have in your kitchen.

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Cut out two 12″ circles of fabric and stack them up, right sides together.

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Use the sewing machine to sew the two layers together almost all the way around, leaving a 2-3″ gap open.

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Trim the excess from your seam and then turn it inside out.

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Find the gap you left, and tuck the fabric in and pin in place.

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Top-stitch the gap closed with the sewing machine, and continue the row of stitches all the way around the circle, as close to the edge as you can get it.

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Now sew a second row of stitches about 1/2″ inside the first, making sure to go all the way around the circle again. This will create the channel that your drawstring ribbon will go through later.

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Cut a stem out of a piece of brown felt and a leaf out of some green felt. Line them up on the edge of the circle, making sure they overlap the outer row of stitches.

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Pin the pieces in place and secure with a row of stitches, lining the stitches up with the original ones so that it looks clean.

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Flip the piece over and use a pair of pointed scissors to cut a tiny notch in the drawstring channel, making sure to only go through one layer of the fabric. The notch only needs to be big enough to get a safety pin through.

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Cut a piece of green ribbon about 16″ long and tie a bead on one end. The bead needs to be bigger than the hole you cut earlier, so that the ribbon won’t get pulled through later. Put a safety pin on the other end of the ribbon and use our safety pin technique to feed the ribbon through the channel.

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When the safety pin comes out the other end, remove it from the ribbon and tie on another bead. Then just plop your apple or other round treat inside.

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Pull the ribbon tight and tie it in a bow.

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Aren’t they adorable? I think they look extra cute with the popsicle sticks from the caramel apples sticking out the top.

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Those caramel apples look delectable and tasted every bit as good as they look. How on earth does Jo prefer candy apples?

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Obviously you’ll want to wrap caramel or candied apples with plastic wrap before putting them in these cute little covers so they don’t stick! The good news is that since the covers are made of fabric, they can be washed and reused repeatedly.

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I just thought of something… wouldn’t these be the best fall-themed wedding favors ever? I wish I could go back in time and tell my friend Rita, who had a fall wedding that was full of pumpkins.

7 comments so far:

  1. Geri said: (October 12th, 2010 at 2:34 pm)

    I LOVE IT!!!!!! Thanks for sharing……

  2. Becky said: (October 12th, 2010 at 10:06 pm)

    OMG I knew it!!!! I voted for this one on SYTYC! This is so adorable, I have to try it for my son’s kindergarten Halloween party!

  3. Kelli said: (October 14th, 2010 at 1:23 pm)

    Thanks for the tute! I voted for these – SO cute and clever!!

  4. LouAnne said: (October 14th, 2010 at 6:22 pm)

    I love these! Will definitely be making them for a party coming up!

  5. naomi said: (October 15th, 2010 at 6:54 am)

    Great project. Try using parchment paper instead of plastic wrap, parchment paper is not sticky.

  6. Kim said: (November 3rd, 2010 at 7:29 pm)

    This is such a fantastic idea! Definitely tucking this one away!

    hugs! Kim

  7. Brooke(Siayla) said: (October 19th, 2011 at 6:27 pm)

    Love these! Great idea for teacher gifts!!!

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