DIY Primitive Pumpkin

Halloween is fast approaching, but there is still time to create some DIY Halloween Decor just in time for the trick or treaters to arrive or for friends to gather.  Donna shares with us this primitive pumpkin wall or door decor or as she likes to call in her ‘Prim Pumpkin’.  Donna shares with us some basic techniques for making primitive decor that you can add to your list of techniques and ideas.  
We are having so much fun creating with the new Canvas Corp Ticking collection.  It is the perfect added touch to many projects, but as Donna shows us it can take center stage.  
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Oh how I Love Halloween! Each year I need to add to my collection and what better way then making it myself!
What you will need:
Tools Used:  Scissors; Needle (large enough to sew floss) ; Large pot; Tea bags
Step 1:  Stain all fabrics with Tea in the large pot with hot water.  Depending on how many pumpkins you are planning to make you might want to cut down your fabric to around 15″x18″ to allow for a little shrinkage and then stain them.
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The longer you let it set the more vintage your fabrics will become.  If you do not have access to tea you can also stain your fabrics with any of the neutral Tattered Angels Mists.  We recommend a Simply Sheer or Boardwalk (these mists do not have mica) to keep the primitive look going.  Do not stain batting. Let dry-iron lightly, let some of the wrinkles stay!
Step 2: Draw a simple oval on paper-mine is 14″ X 17″.  Sketch in the eyes and nose, keep in mind this is primitive, so they don’t have to be perfect!!!!
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Step 3:  Layer your fabrics and batting and cut them using you paper pattern.  You can cut them one at a time or layer and cut them all together.  Make sure you use fabric scissors, that have not touched paper, oh they work so much better.  If you are new to working with fabric, purchase a pair of new scissors and mark them FABRIC – DO NOT USE ON PAPER.  You will be so happy when you are ready to cut your fabrics how nice they cut.
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Step 4:  Cut a stem, circles, nose using Canvas Corp canvas sheet.  Cut the same shape of the stem twice and also one layer of batting.  Be creative at this step making your eyes and nose unique shapes and sizes. Freehand is the best way to get the primitive look.  Choose two buttons that are the perfect eyes.
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Step 5:  Pin all pieces in place and start hand stitching with the floss.  You can use all the strands or separate them depending on how thick you want the stitching to be.  Uneven stitches are best to make it appear more vintage. Stitch circles and nose. Stitch on eyes.  You can do this with a sewing machine, but the hand stitching looks terrific.
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Step 6:  I used a stick for the mouth. Stitched it using cross stitch.  The stitches should be very uneven as you stitch the stick to the pumpkin face.  You can stitch all the way through all of the layers or just stitch to the top layer depending on the thickness of your batting.
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Step 7:  Stitch the stem together with the front, batting and back with a straight stitch.  Stitch the eyes and nose into place and then begin straight stitching around pumpkin and add stem, adding little x’s every now and then for fun.
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Step 8:  Cut leaves in a simple design like the image with the green fabric, a layer of batting and either another layer of green or you can use the canvas for the back and stitch. If you do not have green fabric you can paint or mist it with any Tattered Angels green paint or mist, choosing a primitive color and then antique with mist or tea stain.  Stitch backside to pumpkin and add button.
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Step 9:  This step is optional-I wanted my pumpkin to have a few darker spots, so I sprayed it in random areas with Tattered Angels Coffee Shop or any brown neutral Tattered Angels Mist.
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I added this wire that looks like wood brought thru stitches on back and that is used to hang my pumpkin. I brought the remaining forward and twisted it to give it a extra feature.  To make a hanger for the back you can make a circle with the covered wire and attach to the back or stitch in a canvas loop to hang to your door or the wall.
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Hang and enjoy!!
Making primitive decor is simple with the techniques Donna has shared with us.  You can use fabrics from your stash, fabrics or clothing from vintage shops you pick up or make your own by stamping, misting and painting onto blank canvas fabric.  Then cut into the shape of your choice, a little stitching and you have a great handmade home decor piece.
To see more of Donnas’s work you can visit her blog.
Happy Creating!!!


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