Halloween is such a fun holiday when you have small children. My kids have already decided on what they want to be for Halloween. They love dressing up on a daily basis but having a whole holiday dedicated to dressing up and getting candy??? Too much fun! While perusing the Pottery Barn Kids Halloween catalog I saw their chair backers. I thought it would be a fun way to stretch the holiday by placing little notes and treats inside each day. Today I am going to show you how I made the pumpkin one for Isaac.
Black, Orange and Green felt
White and Black Embroidery Thread
Hot glue gun or Fabri-Tac
Sew in Snaps
Optional: Silhouette machine and white heat transfer
1. I cut out enough orange felt for the front and back of the pumpkin as well as the chair backer straps. I also cut out green felt for the stem. I immersed the felt in the liquid starch, wrung out the excess and then let it dry outside.
2. Once completely dry I put a press cloth over the felt and ironed them all flat. The stiffened felt helps the pumpkin stay upright once on your chair.
3. I used the PB Kids one for reference and created a pumpkin template and also one for the eyes, nose, mouth and stem on butcher paper. Then using those patterns I cut out two pumpkin pieces and the stem out of the stiffened felt. I cut the nose, mouth and eyes out of unstiffened black felt.
5. After all the pieces were stitched I glued them in place with Fabri-Tac.
6. Next I cut a 2 1/2” strip of unstiffened orange felt and whip-stitched that onto the front side of the pumpkin with 3 strands of white embroidery floss. Then I whip-stiched the pumpkin back onto the sides. When you get close to the end you can cut off the excess orange felt and finish whip-stitching along the top of the pumpkin.
7. Since each chair is different you will have to play with what works with your chairs. I cut my straps 2 1/2” wide by 7” long. I whip-stitched those also and glued them to the back of the front of the pumpkin.
8. I sewed the snaps in pace.
9. Then I used my Silhouette Cameo machine to create a personalized name onto vinyl and ironed it onto the front of the pumpkin.
Today was day one of Halloween goodness and my kids are so excited to check out what is in their bags each day.