Sandra Longan Designs (Items For Sale)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Primitive Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial

Primitive Fabric Pumpkins

What You Need:


1/4 to 1/2 yard Fabric of choice (enough to fit circle template)
Fiber-Fill to stuff pumpkin
Crochet Cotton or strong thread to gather top of pumpkin

Weight Bag
1/4 yard fabric for weight bag and a 6"-8" circle template or a Ziploc baggie
dry rice, dry beans or sand to fill weight bag
(weight bag is optional)

Felt for leaves
Embroidery Floss to stitch leaves
Batting or stuffing for leaves (optional)
Leaf Template

Stem and Vines
Piece of branch trimmed from your tree
Jute Twine (two ply for stem, three ply for vines)
Craft/White Glue


Marker, Glue Gun, Sewing Machine, Fabric Flowers

What To Do:

1. Prepare your fabric. If your going to be tea or coffee staining or hand-dyeing your fabric it needs to be washed first. If not, there is no need to wash as the pumpkins are not washable, toys or child safe (to many little bits and jute).
You will need to iron the fabric to remove wrinkles or fold lines.

2. If using one, now is the time to make your weighted bag. Cut out two 6" or 8" circles of scrap fabric, nothing fancy it won't be seen. Using a sewing machine, stitch using a 1/4" to 1/2" seam leaving a 2" opening. Add the rice, beans, sand, etc. then finish stitching the opening closed.

3. Mark and cut out your circle for the pumpkin. Remember the pumpkin will be around half the size of your original circle. A 16" circle will make about an 8" pumpkin.

4. Using a doubled length of crochet cotton knotted on the end, baste 1/4" to 1/2" from the edge, all the way around. Start to lightly gather the opening.

5. If using one add the weighted bag with a layer of stuffing under neath. start to add stuffing to the pumpkin while gathering the top.

6. When you have the pumpkin stuffed gather the top as closed as possible without breaking the thread (you may need an extra pair of hands for this). At this point you can add extra stuffing to even out the sides to get the look you want. I use either my finger a wooden chopstick or a crochet hook to get the extra stuffing where I need it.

7. Using a Pearl Cotton or other heavy thread and a long needle (mine's 3-1/2") make the wedge shapes as shown by running your needle either from the top or bottom middle through the pumpkin and back out, pulling snugly to make the indentations. I start at the bottom so I can tie off the thread at the top where it will be covered later. There should be 8 wedge shapes when your done. Tie off the thread. You can add a button or felt circle to hide where the threads gather at the bottom.

8. Gather up your supplies to embellish your pumpkin. Stem, Jute, Felt Leaves and hand made Fabric Flowers. I use two ply jute to wrap the stems (optional) and three ply for the vines. I cut leaf shapes out of felt (two for each leaf) then buttonhole stitch around the edge and lightly stuff, then hand stitch the veins for the leaves.

9. Using a glue gun add a generous amount of hot glue to the center of the opening and add the stem, holding until set. Using the thee ply jute, cut a couple of lengths for the vines, knot one end and unravel the plies then glue in place.
To make a Jute covered stem: Cut a piece of branch to slightly fit the opening. Add a layer of white/tacky glue to the top of your stem. Using a long piece of jute, make a flat tight coil in hand and carefully attach to the top of the stem, hold for a minute or two for it to set. Cover half of stem with glue and start to wind the jute around the stem adding more glue and wrapping until you get to the bottom. Leave about an inch of jute and secure with glue to the bottom of the stem.

10. Glue the leaves in place.
To make the felt leaves: Cut two felt leaf shapes. Put them together, one on top of the other and stitch around the outside edges. I used a buttonhole stitch, but you can use a whip stitch, satin stitch or even a back stitch starting 1/8" to 1/4" from the edge. Leave a 2" opening and add a small amount of stuffing for more dimension or add a layer of batting between the felt layers before you start to stitch, this is optional. Finish off the edge. Next I stitched veins in the leaves using a back stitch. Tie the thread off on the back of the leaves and your ready to glue them on. There are tons of leaf templates on the internet, just search "pumpkin leaf template" or do like I did and just look at leaf pictures and free hand your own. I made several different ones and increased and decreased the size.

11. Using hot glue, attach the flowers. Your pumpkin is now ready for it's new home.

Hope you enjoy the tutorial and can make some really cute Primitive Pumpkins of your own.

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Another Stitchy Freebie

Been in a designing mood the last few days and thought I'd share with all of my blog friends.
A bit of simple summer fun stitchin'

This one has quite a bit more back stitching, but is done in all full cross stitches.
Hope you enjoy the design and as always if you happen to stitch this one up, I'd love to see a picture of it. Thank you for wandering to the cabin.

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy

Thursday, June 25, 2015

4th of July Stitchy Gift

I just finished designing this little kinda country/primitive piece for all my blog readers. All full cross stitches and not much back stitching. 

Just click on the chart and the instructions to print them up.

I hope you enjoy the chart, and as always, if you happen to stitch up one of my designs I'd love to see how you finished it.

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

2015 Smalls SAL Update

Sadly I have not been stitching at all this last month, at least not cross stitch or Hardanger. What I have done is make up a whole crate of fabric and felt pumpkins.

 These should count since the leaves are all stitched by hand with Buttonhole edges and straight stitched veins. All of the pumpkins, leaves and flowers are hand stitched with hot glue to hold all the pieces together.

I'm working on a tutorial for making the pumpkins and the flowers. Should have that up here sometime soon. Also trying to get my craft/sewing room back in order and trying to get yardages for all of the fabrics I have so I can get back into sewing clothes again. So many ideas running through my head.

That's it for this post, thank you so much for stopping by and having a look around.
So until next time.......

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

TUSAL Update

I'm starting to think that I should change the name of my blog to "A Day Late and A Dollar Short" seeing as I have a hard time with posting on time for the TUSAL and the 2015 Smalls SAL. Oh well, at least I get them posted.

Here are my ort piles for the month. Been making felt leaves, tomato and strawberries. 
The ort jar is getting rather full.

Found these DMC threads at the thrift store.
Got 45 floss for .20 each and two Pearl Cotton for $1 each.
I'll post some of the things I've been making instead of stitchin' later on. Thanks for stopping by and having a peek into my simple life.

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy

Thursday, June 04, 2015

More Hand-dyed Buttons

I tried two more colors for the hand-dyed buttons.

On the left is Navy Blue which came out black and grey, maybe less dye the next time around, but first I need to find more buttons I only have a couple dozen left. On the right is Yellow not a bad look would be great for flower centers. 

They're sitting on a piece of coffee stained and oven dried muslin that I'm going to use to make some primitive pumpkins for the fall. Oh who am I kiddin', I know I'll end up leaving them out all year long because they're just too cute. Here's the first one I made.

"6" wide Primitive Pumpkin"

Every thing is hand stitched and the wood stem is hand wrapped with jute twine. Way to cute to only leave out during the fall season, don't you think.

Well that's it for this post. Thanks for stopping by and having a look around and thanks for any thoughts you decide to leave behind, I appreciate each and every one. 

So until next time.......

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy

Monday, June 01, 2015

2015 Smalls SAL

Totally missed the boat on this one, kept thinking it was May 29th not the 27th. Oh well, I'll just blame this one on the hubs being off Thursday till Sunday and finishing planting the garden and herb planters. 

"O' Holy Night"
Designed by me and stitched on 28 count using DMC threads, it has a spot for me to add metal star as soon as I find the perfect one.
I know it's a bit early for Christmas stitchin', but it's what I was feeling at the time. It's a bit big for an ornament so I'll most likely make a small pillow. I have other Christmas songs in the works just need to get them charted.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time.......

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy