Thursday, October 20, 2011

31 Days of Halloween: Guest Post "This Mom"

Today we have Jenny from THIS MOM as our guest post. She has some great ideas. Make sure to check out her blog.
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I'm excited to be guest posting here at GYCT and hope you'll check out and enjoy my little corner of internet at thismomblog.com. I write about the crafts I make, my adventures in the city and my child. You can also follow me on Pintrest where I have stored way more ideas that I'd like to do than time I'll have to do them.

Today I'll be sharing with you a Pumpkin table runner; inspired by a quilt I saw at the Payson Quilt show. Now that I've made this, I can think of a few variations that would also look fantastic.

Supplies:

10 10x10 squares (5 for the background and 5 for the pumpkin base)

green scraps for the leaf

brown scraps for the stem

scraps for the pumpkin strips

10x46 fabric for backing

(optional: iron on interfacing dual sided)

Version 1: use the iron on interfacing to adhere the pumpkins together and to the 10x10 square

Version 2: top-stitch your pumpkins down leaving a 1/2 inch edge to fray after washing

Version 3: do jack-o-lanterns and only use the iron-on interfacing for the face and then fray the pumpkin itself.


Depending on which version you'd like to make; the first step will be to adhere the iron-on interfacing to the pieces you don't want to fray (such as the leaf, stem, pumpkin sections or the jack-o-lantern faces or the pumpkin shape itself). Cut out enough pieces for 5 pumpkins worth; as pictured above.

Step 2 would be to iron down (or not if you want it to fray); stitch down the basic pumpkin shape first to 1 of your 10x10 pieces. We'll be stitching down each layer at a time to make sure it's stitched all the way around. Iron and stitch each piece to each pumpkin designing it how you'd like it to look. There is no perfect way to do this, that's the great thing about it. Do this for 5 of your 10x10 fabrics.

Once you have your pumpkin, stem, leaf and pumpkin strips or jack-o-lantern face ironed on and top stitched down you are ready to sew your squares together.

Then you'll sew your front to your back with right sides together; leaving a gap for turning. Turn and press. Lastly top stitch around so as to close your turning point and display.

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