project // epp octagon pumpkin pin
Ready for an easy little project you can stitch up in an hour? You'll be able to wear it on your jacket or tote to celebrate this fantastic fall season.
Since it's octagon month, I took an EPP octagon, er...two octagons, and made them into a little pumpkin. And while I went for a pin, I think these little gourds would also make great magnets.
To make the pumpkin you only two to baste two pieces, but the 3/4-inch octagon template page includes more than you'll need. Why? Because you might just want to make some more octagons this month. And you'll want to do that with adorable little octagons with faces. Right? Right.
Now, onto the pumpkin pin!
You will need:
Octagon Pumpkin Pin PDF Template
Baste two orange octagons and cut out one stem piece from brown felt. Finger press the edges of the octagons then remove the papers.
Cut out two octagons from batting, then slide them in the back of the octagons. They should fit just right in there.
Embroider a face on one of the octagons and stitch the pin back on the other octagon. Stitch through the fabric and the batting.
Hold the two octagons wrong sides together, making sure that pin and face end up in the correct direction. Place the stem piece between the layers, at the top of the pumpkin. Wonderclips are extremely helpful for holding the pieces as you stitch.
Stitch the two pieces together with ladder stitch.
When you stitch the top, continue with ladder stitch, stitching through the stem as you go.
Now your pin is ready to wear!
I love that this happy little pumpkin is good for wearing through October and November. If you're looking for something more Halloween, you could definitely make the face more like a jack o' lantern. Or, you could change the color to red and make it into an apple!
Happy Pumpkin Making!