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How to Make Mini Needle Felted Pumpkins:
Wrap your scrap yarn around two fingers several times, then remove the wrap from your fingers and wrap the yarn perpendicular to the yarn you wrapped first.
You are trying to form a fat disk. Keep turning your disc while you wrap a couple of times to get your disk.
Rip off a couple of chunks of yarn, about 4-5 inches long, and wrap your yarn disk, using your needles to secure the roving to your disk.
Once your base is 1/2 to 3/4 what you want for your finished pumpkin size, you can start attaching the segments to get the contours for your pumpkin.
Use your needles to make a good indentation where your stem will go. Attach your ‘sections’ just outside of your indentation.
The roving should be about twice as long as the length from the indentation to the bottom of your pumpkin. You will fold the roving underneath and attach it with the needle where it is bent in half to the bottom of the pumpkin.
I prepared a video to show you how to make these pumpkins from start to finish because some things are just better explained that way! You can see that video towards the bottom of the post.
Once your pumpkin is the size you want, start to work on your stem.
Make the stems for your pumpkins
Rip off a chunk of brown or green or a combination of both.
If you are working with 2 colors, give it a twist to blend the colors.
Then work your needles up and down the ‘stem’ compacting the fibers. You will notice that the fibers will stick to the foam, especially when you first start out. As you continue to work the fibers will compact and won’t stick to the foam as much.
Continue to turn the stem so that you needle all sides until it is well compacted, stiff, and cylindrical. Cut off a wee bit for the stem length that you want.
Use one needle to hold your stem to your pumpkin while you use another needle to attach the stem with a couple of good jabs.
This video will show you the process from start to finish.
For the orange ones…just add a strip of the darker orange between each of the segments, with lighter strips on top of the segments sometimes as well…I just mixed it up. You could even added a few strips of green here and there as well.
If you think you’d like to give these mini needle felted pumpkins a try, bookmark this page or pin it for your future reference.
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