2010 guest blogger series: Ellen and her pumpkin pincushions

by Admin on 17/10/2010

in Guest Series 2010, Whip Up Tutorials

September/October brings change of season, and fresh starts and frivolity and seriousness too. So for a break from whipup realtime I am introducing a few weeks of guest bloggers to liven up your crafty experience. To bring you something fresh, and hopefully invigorate you to make and do and be and think! Its going to be a fun few weeks so come along for the ride.

Today I am very pleased to welcome Ellen Luckett Baker to Whip Up, Ellen is author of the craft and sewing blog, The Long Thread. Her work has been featured in several publications and she is currently working on a sewing book to be published by Chronicle Books in Spring 2011. Ellen lives in Atlanta with her husband and two young daughters.

Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I’ve made a pincushion pattern for you that can also be used as a Halloween decoration.

Based on the idea of a tomato pincushion, these could be made into apples or tomatoes, or sewn with patterned fabrics for a patchwork look. The stem is made of floral wire wrapped with embroidery floss. You can make these with the kids and add felt cut-outs to the face to create a jack-o’-lantern. This is also a great project for fabric scraps or felted sweaters. With two different sized templates, you can make a pumpkin patch!

Download the pattern and instructions here as a pdf.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 electricbluebird October 17, 2010 at 8:55 am

Love it.

I really enjoy your blog!

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2 Liz M October 17, 2010 at 9:35 am

Anyone else having problems seeing the text on this pdf – such a cute pattern, but I can’t read the instructions!

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3 kath_red October 17, 2010 at 4:28 pm

please update your version of adobe pdf viewer
cheers
K

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4 Liz M October 17, 2010 at 11:40 am

I’ve got it now – I needed to update my Adobe version! Thanks for the pattern!

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5 Ammie October 24, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Thanks! I think these are chic.

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6 nikki October 25, 2010 at 1:11 am

These pumpkins are so cute. Thanks for sharing. I am linking this post to my blog this week.

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