Monday, November 9, 2009

Scarecrow Head & Candy Corn Ornies

Sorry I didn't get these patterns listed sooner! (Patterns are in share box.) But you still have time to whip up some for your holiday enjoyment.

Let's start with the Scarecrow Head ornie. I like working with pre-stained muslin for these instead of staining and then baking dry. So cut 2 pieces of the head ornie and sew together using 1/4" inseam, snip edges so it won't pucker and turn. Stuff head but not too firm then stitch together the opening. Next using black thread sew on the black glass bead eyes. Now stitch the eyebrows and lashes. Pin on homespun nose in place then stitch mouth. Use any expression for the mouth as these add cute character. Using real blush, brush on blush for cheek areas. See mine for example. Last, stitch on homespun nose. Decide how long you want the yarn hair and find a book or cut a piece of cardboard to wrap the yarn around. Note, the book or cardboard needs to be as long as you want the hair. Wrap yarn to thickness desired and cut both ends. Gather yarn in center and stitch on top center of head. Next cut a 7" circle from burlap for the hat. Fold circle and cut in half. Wrap the circle around top of head joining in back with a little overlap, (should be kind of cone shaped now), and flip the front up in center for hat brim. Stitch from back to front to back in center of front brim to secure hat on head. Hot glue any berries, leaves, or other embellishments to hat and you're done! These head ornies measure 5-1/4" long by 4" wide, not including the hat.

Next are the Candy Corn ornies. These are 2 simple and easy to make. Cut 2 pieces from muslin for each size pattern, the large & medium. Stitch together with 1/4" inseam, snip curves so it won't pucker and turn. Stuff as firm as desired and stitch opening closed. If you want your candy corn slighty grungy looking, add instant coffee to your paint mix. Go easy with the coffee till you get your desired shade. Note: I add very little water to paint for these. Paint one color at a time, (I started with the white tops), and dry in oven. Keep painting/drying till you have all your sections painted. Wrap with piece of homespun and attach prim tag! The large one measure 6" tall by 4" wide at bottom and the medium one measures 4-1/2" tall by 3-1/2" wide at bottom. 

If you have any questions or problems feel free to contact me.

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