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Fall Yo-Yo Pumpkins!

These darling pumpkins are quick and can be finished by my students in a one hour class.  They are made like a typical yo-yo styled round fabric with a simple running stitch.

 

Supplies needed:

Fall colored fabric scraps

A dinner plate

Needle and thread

Stuffing/fiberfill

Jute/twine

 

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1.  Find a circle size you like.  A dinner plate works well. Trace and cut 1 circle. 

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2.  Fold pretty side of fabric over to wrong side about 1/4″ while using a running stitch along edge.  

 

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3.  Leave thread at beginning and end of running stitch.  Pull strings gathering to make a small hole.  Stuff the large yoyo and tie off ends of thread in a knot.

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4.  Cut 3 pieces of twine double the size of your pumpkin ball.  Tie the 3 twines together with a knot in the middle.Place knot at the gathered hole area of pumpkin. This is the bottom of the pumpkin. Spread out the 6 pieces of twine and bring up 2 opposite pieces pulling taut and knotting at top.  Do the same with all 4 pieces. 

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5.  Cut another piece of twine about 6″ longer than the first.  This piece is tied in a knot at the bottom of the “stem” area.  Then you wrap the twine around all the loose pieces using a looping knot. Make a loop, like in photo, wrap twine around and through, pull tight.  Continue to make loops and knots as high as you want your stem. Then trim all pieces.

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Fun, fast and easy!  I made the project a class lesson on yo-yos and showed photos of old yo-yo quilts made from scraps.