I adore felt play food. My kiddos love it too. Since I used to run my own felt play food Etsy shop, our play kitchen is pretty well stocked with the basics. I know longer sew for others to purchase, but I just can’t get away from felt play food all together. I still like to come up with new seasonal creations for them to enjoy. There’s just something about getting on that sewing machine and letting your imagination come to life that just gets me. I don’t know what I’m going to do when my kiddos are too old to play with felt food. We’ll just live in the land of denial and pretend like they’ll never grow up, mmmkay? Yeah, I like that.
One thing I had never made for them before was a pumpkin, and it was about time. I thought it would be cute to also make removable facial shapes, so they could have fun decorating their sweet little pumpkin over and over again. This pumpkin is pretty small, but I think it’s the perfect size for a play kitchen. It’s about 5 inches wide and 4 inches tall, including the stem.
To complete this project, you will need:
- Orange felt
- Brown or green felt (stem)
- Orange thread
- Brown thread
- and stuffing
Cut out eight feather shaped pieces. Mine were about 6 inches long and 2 inches wide. Make sure they are all the same size. You can increase the size of your pumpkin, by increasing these measurements.
Take two of those newly sewn pieces together SEAM SIDE OUT and pin together.
Sew down one side. Repeat with the other pair.
Now you have two halves.
Pin the two halves together SEAM SIDE OUT. Start about one inch from the top and sew all the way around the pumpkin, leaving a hole at the top to stuff the pumpkin.
You could alternately leave the hole at the bottom.
Turn your pumpkin right side out. Recruit a little cutie pie helper to stuff the pumpkin. It takes quite a bit of stuffing.
Now slip stitch the hole closed.
Time for the stem. You’re almost done! Cut a long brown or green, or light brown strip 6 inches long and 1 inch wide.
Roll up the stem and whip stitch all the way up the stem. If you cut the top of the stem at an angle before you sew, it give it a more realistic freshly-cut look. I did not do this though.
You just made a pumpkin! Congrats!
Now onto the creative part, the faces! Have fun with this and let your imagination run wild. Cut your desired shapes out of black and white felt.
It’s also a great time to talk about shapes and facial features with your kiddo as you decorate and redecorate your play pumpkin.
This is what we did with our pumpkin.
The many faces of Mr. Pumpkin.
This post is part of a Homemade Halloween Series that I am participating in with some of my blogging friends.
This week’s contributions include:
Day 13: Five Halloween inspired crafts and activities for toddlers from Healthy Roots, Happy Soul
Day 14: Pumpkin cake doughnuts with chocolate glaze from Live Simply
Day 15: Homemade pumpkin spice creamer from Naturally Mindful
Day 16: Candy corn inspired parfait from Rethink Simple
Day 17: DIY Pumpkin Lotion from Scratch Mommy
Day 18: Felt Pumpkin Tutorial from ME
You can view all of our contributions on our 31 Days of Homemade Halloween Pinterest Board