Friday, October 5, 2012

DIY Pumpkin Kit

This is an oldie, but a goodie! I wanted to prepare these fun kits for my daughter's new college friends, and I couldn't find a tutorial online that matched what I had done in the past.  So here you go!

 In each kit, you will need:
1 roll of cheap toilet paper
1 fat quarter of orange fabric
12" strip of green fabric or ribbon
Printed instructions (or just explain to your group)
A paper lunch bag to put it all in
(Use the green strip to tie up the bag.)

How to make your pumpkin:

1.  Open up the orange fabric and place it on the table with the wrong side facing up. The patterned side should be facing the table.
 2.  Put the toilet paper in the center of the fabric.  Cheap single rolls work best if you are packaging them in the lunch bags. The double rolls we usually use didn't fit in the bags!

(Did you see the bite taken out of the corner? I used it to die cut the little pumpkin to decorate the bag.)

3. Pull up the corners and edges of the fabric, wrapping the toilet paper, and stuffing the excess into the hole of the paper roll.

Don't pull the fabric too tight.  Leave it a little loose and it will look more like a pumpkin.

4.  Roll and twist the paper bag into a stem and stick it in the center of the roll.

5. Tie the green strip around the stem to look like leaves.

If you are going to make one kit, you may as well make a bunch!  This is a great project for quilt guilds, stitching buddies, scouts and other groups of kids. The first time I saw this, the bag was not decorated. We were all given a bag and told to open them at the same time. We all wondered why we were given a roll of toilet paper!


Enjoy Pumpkin Season!  As I'm typing this, I have a pumpkin bread in the oven that smells heavenly!


Ms. C said...

Tina - love this idea!

Karen from Sew Many Ways... said...

These are too stinkin' cute!! The bags are awesome too!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE this idea - gonna make lots of these kits for the young grandkids and the college-aged grandkids. Thanks for your inspiration!!!