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Sew-a-Pumpkin Halloween Favor

What you will make:

Create these truly unique pumpkin-shaped Halloween party favors by sewing an orange pumpkin and a clear pumpkin together, and then filling it with candy corn. This is an easy craft that's a twist on the traditional Sewing Cards craft for kids. It's also a good craft for using up scraps of yarn and recycling old, clear plastic report covers.

This is a great group or classroom craft project. With a little help from adults or teenage leaders, even younger children can be successful.

Here's what you need:
  • Orange construction paper
  • Stiff clear plastic (report covers work well)
  • Black or brown yarn
  • Candy corn
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Permanent black marker
  • Hole punch
  • Optional: Paper clips, variegated yarn, brown marker

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This project is rated EASY to do.

How to Make Sew-a-Pumpkin Halloween Favors

Read all of the steps before starting.
Step 1: Project Preparation

Read through the project and gather the materials needed for creating the pumpkin party favors. If you are doing this craft with a group, pre-cut the paper and clear plastic to make the craft go faster.

Step 2: Cut

Cut the orange construction paper into six equal pieces that are 4½" by 4". Cut similar-sized pieces from the clear plastic. You should be able to get twelve approximately 4½" by 3½" cutouts from one report cover—six cutouts from the front and another six from the back.

Step 3: Draw Pumpkins

Draw or trace the shape of a pumpkin on the orange paper using a pencil.

Tip: Use one of Aunt Annie's pumpkin shapes if you like. Print the pattern directly on orange paper, or print on cardstock to use as tracing templates.

Step 4: Cut

Holding the clear plastic and orange paper firmly together, cut out the pumpkin shape. If you drew a stem on your pumpkin, cut the stem off the clear plastic pumpkin.

Tip: Use two paper clips to hold the plastic and orange paper together while you cut.

Step 5: Draw Face

Draw a face on the clear plastic with a black permanent marker. Make the face scary or funny, with eyes, nose and mouth like a jack-o'-lantern. Color the pumpkin stem with a brown marker.

Tip: Don't use washable markers, as they will smear!

Step 6: Sew

Holding the pumpkin shapes together (use paper clips if you like), punch holes around the edge of the pumpkin. Start at the top center of the pumpkin and space the punches about ¼" apart.

Cut a 36" length of yarn. Sew the shapes together with the yarn, starting at the top center. Leave a long tail and start sewing from the front. While you can use a simple running stitch, an overcast stitch works best! See the Sewing Cards craft project for how to make overcast stitches.

Stop a few holes from the end, and fill the pumpkin with about a dozen pieces of candy corn. Finish sewing and tie the ends into a bow. Trim the yarn ends, if needed.

Tip: Trim the yarn end if it becomes frayed as you sew. To avoid fraying, use a yarn needle or wrap the end of your yarn in tape.

That's it! Your sew-a-pumpkin Halloween party favor is done!
Halloween party favors

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Before you start:
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to do the project.
  • Think about the project. Imagine how it will look and what you will do with it.

Are you ready?
Okay, get started!!!

Thanks to...

Thanks to Nancy S. for sharing this idea for making party favors with Aunt Annie's Craft Exchange in 1995.

Nancy commented, "This is a cute craft I did with my son's 4th grade class. Even my six-year-old can do it! It's along the idea of sewing cards. It will also work with other shapes, such as stockings for Christmas, hearts for Valentine's Day, etc. They make nice school party favors."

Sew-a-Pumpkin Halloween favor with black yarn

Tip: Avoid overfilling your favor by adding no more than 12 to 15 pieces of candy corn in a single layer.

Sew-a-Pumpkin Halloween favor with variegated yarn

Tip: Use variegated yarn to sew your pumpkin. The pumpkin shape can be short and wide or tall and narrow.

Orange paper and clear plastic

Tip: This craft is a terrific way to recycle old report covers—even those yellowed by age work fine!

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