Who doesn’t love fall?! I have yet to meet a single person who has any kind of beef with this time of year that is full of tasty comfort foods, fun festivals, and the reemergence of the great and powerful hooded sweatshirt. Among my favorite autumn activities is getting outside, enjoying a spiced latte, and carving the heck out of a pumpkin. Now, I have no delusions about being any kind of pumpkin carving expert, but this year I thought I’d try my hand at designing my own image instead of using one from a book (which my husband calls cheating by the way). So come on, let’s get started and carve a spooky sewing themed pumpkin!
First, we’ll need to gather up some supplies.
- Two pumpkins that each fit one 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of paper, one horizontal and one vertical.
- Design printout (you can find that below)
- Thumb tacks
- Large bowl or garbage can for the guts
- Small bowl to collect seeds (if you plan on roasting them)
- Store bought pack of pumpkin carving tools
- Large metal spoon to hollow the pumpkin out
- Pumpkin lights, either old school candles or the much safer battery powered light
To print out the design you’ll need to first print out page one (found here) with the paper orientation set to “landscape”. Next, print page two (found here) with the orientation set to “portrait”. Black portions of the design will be carved, gray areas will be scraped.
First, gut your pumpkins and set the seeds aside for roasting.
Attach the designs to the pumpkins using thumb tacks. In order for the design to fit the curve of the pumpkin you’ll need to make tiny folds in the paper so it lays flat. Do your best to keep these tiny darts from interfering with the design. Once the design is attached, use a sewing needle, or something similar, to poke holes around the design to transfer it to the surface of the pumpkin.
When the design is completely transferred begin carving out the black areas of the design. The gray areas will be scraped off as opposed to carved. Once the design is completely cut out, score the gray areas with an X-Acto knife and carefully scrape away the outer rind.
Now stick your candle in!
Have fun and let me know how yours turns out!