Chica and Jo
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Chica and Jo
...simplifying life
Chica and Jo
12
OCT
2010

Pumpkin caramal apple covers

by: Chica

Pumpkin caramal apple covers
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Jo and I wanted to take a gift to a friend recently and had the idea of celebrating the wonder of the apple season with some delicious caramel apples. They would be pretty plain on their own, though, so we decided to make some cute covers for them. Some cleverly sewn fabric is all it takes to transform a boring caramel apple into a cute pumpkin treat that’s perfect for Halloween or Fall!

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.

pumpkin caramel apple covers

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.

pumpkin caramel apple covers

You’ll need to cut out two 12″ circles of fabric for each apple.

pumpkin caramel apple covers

Stack two circles up, right sides together.

pumpkin caramel apple covers

Use the sewing machine to sew the two layers together almost all the way around…

pumpkin caramel apple covers

…but be sure to leave a 2-3″ gap open.

pumpkin caramel apple covers

Trim the excess from your seam to remove the bulk.

pumpkin caramel apple covers

Then turn the pouch inside out.

pumpkin caramel apple covers

Find the gap you left, and tuck the fabric in, folding it so that it mimics the rest of the sewn edge.

pumpkin caramel apple covers

Pin the folded edges in place.

pumpkin caramel apple covers

Top-stitch the gap closed with the sewing machine.

pumpkin caramel apple covers

Continue the row of stitches all the way around the circle, as close to the edge as you can get it.

pumpkin caramel apple covers

Now sew a second row of stitches about 1/2″ inside the first, making sure to go all the way around the circle again.

pumpkin caramel apple covers

This will create the channel that your drawstring ribbon will go through later.

pumpkin caramel apple covers

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.

pumpkin caramel apple covers

Use a pin to hold the pieces in place.

pumpkin caramel apple covers

Then secure with a row of stitches, lining the stitches up with the original ones so that it looks clean.

pumpkin caramel apple covers

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.

pumpkin caramel apple covers

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.

pumpkin caramel apple covers

Use our safety pin technique to feed the ribbon through the channel.

pumpkin caramel apple covers

When the safety pin comes out the other end, remove it from the ribbon and tie on another bead.

pumpkin caramel apple covers

Then just plop your apple or other round treat inside.

pumpkin caramel apple covers

Pull the ribbon tight and tie it in a bow.

pumpkin caramel apple covers

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

pumpkin caramel apple covers

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.

pumpkin caramel apple covers

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 whose fall wedding was full of pumpkins!

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7 comments so far:

  • 1
    Geri 10/12/2010 at 2:34 pm

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

  • 2
    Becky 10/12/2010 at 10:06 pm

    This is so adorable, I have to try it for my son’s kindergarten Halloween party!

  • 3
    Kelli 10/14/2010 at 1:23 pm

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

  • 4
    LouAnne 10/14/2010 at 6:22 pm

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

  • 5
    naomi 10/15/2010 at 6:54 am

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

  • 6
    Kim 11/03/2010 at 7:29 pm

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

    hugs! Kim

  • 7
    Brooke(Siayla) 10/19/2011 at 6:27 pm

    Love these! Great idea for teacher gifts!!!

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