A few years ago I learned a craft project that quickly became one of my favorites. There are a few things I am clever at but sewing and working with wool are not some of them. I think that is why this project made me so happy. It made me feel like I was more talented than I really am in both of these areas. Since the price of wool has gone down considerably since I first made these, this equals being able to go crazy making masses of them. Make a whole patch even.
First, you will need a bag of rusty colored orange wool. Check with local alpaca owners, fairs, and craft or sewing stores. No measurements needed. See? It’s easy already.
Next, you’ll just want to use up that pair of nylons with the run in them.
Cut the nylons into about 6-inch strips. They need to be long enough to tie a tight knot in each end and fit a ball of wool in the middle.
Grab a large handful of wool and push it into the stocking. Various sizes is a good thing. Have fun with it. I shall call him Carrot Top and he will grow muscles and scare innocent people in Vegas.
Push the wool inside and shape into a ball that is a little larger than a tennis ball. Tie the top of the stocking tight around the ball of wool so that they look like this.
Repeat until you use up all of your wool or all of your nylons with runs in them – whichever comes first. I believe I calculated about one pumpkin per ounce of wool.
Toss all of your pumpkin wannabes into the washing machine. Just turn washer onto the hottest water temp and allow to go through an average wash cycle.
After the orange balls are finished being washed, place them in the dryer until dry. After they are dry, remove them from the nylons. The wool balls should hold together well and be mostly firm.
Pick up a very large, heavy duty needle from the craft supply store. With a massive amount of dark brown thread, thread the needle and add a knot in the end to help it stay at the bottom of the ball when you pull it through. It won’t stay perfect, so I use my finger to help hold it as I make the curves of the pumpkin, pulling the needle through the middle, around the pumpkin and back through the middle until each curve looks the way you want it too. I make 7 thread marks on large ones and 5 on the small ones.
I then asked my dad to cut a branch I happened to find in the PCC parking lot (any branch will do) into 24 1 inch pieces. After I got back home, I realized that I was incorrect and had to go back to dad and ask him to cut each 1-inch piece in half. Poor dad. I also bought a branch of wired pip berries that looked like they would compliment my pumpkins as vines. I cut the pip berries into about 3-inch strips and bent them into spirally vines, two per pumpkin. I hot glued them on, arranging them to my pleasing and then hot glued the “stem” on top of their starting point (see finished picture for the look I was going for).
These sweetie sugar pumpkins are the perfect combination of classy, country and cute! Your girlfriends will love them and men will never understand them.