Been Swapping? I have!

So not too long ago I posted that I had participated in a September Swap at Made with Love Fabrics. We swapped zipper bags and it was really fun. When I posted my blog I received a comment from a reader who also is a blogger. Cara, is the blogger at SewingSociety.com, who reached out to me to see if I was interested in doing a blogger collab and swapping a handmade Fall item. I had some free time in my schedule so I agreed and was excited about finding a fun project. I hopped into the rabbit hole that is Pinterest and wasted a lot of hours collecting tons of ideas.

I decided to make some patchwork pumpkin placemats (Mug Rugs, actually) because hot chocolate and cookies are so much better off a pumpkin placemat! I knew I would need to cut about 2,735,184 small squares of various orange prints to make my pumpkins and I was a little stressed out about that, but then I remembered I had a small bin of 2 inch orange strips that would easily cut into 2 inch squares! YES!! I love using my precuts to make products quick and easy. These strips were leftovers from the Bonnie Hunter Punkin Patch quilt that I haven’t finished yet. 🙂

Step 1. Cut or Collect your 2 inch strips. Remember this is scrappy and all the orange shades work!

Step 2. Subcut your strips into 2 inch squares. I used a rotary cutter and a quilting ruler to make fast work of them.

Step 3. Sew your squares into rows. I went 5 wide because I wanted an odd number so I could add my stem to the middle. Press your seams in opposites directions so your rows will neatly nest together. Repeat for 4 rows.

Step 4. Turn those rows into one patchwork rectangle with a 5 by 4 configuration.

Step 5. Now cut a piece of batting and a backing piece. You can make them slightly larger and trim them down like I did. In this photo I have already stitched my top patchwork and batting piece together. I was sure to do this inside my final seam allowance. Next free hand yourself a little leaf and stem pattern. You could also print one out and make a template if needed. Sew them wrong sides together and turn them right side out to hide the seams.

Step 6. Baste your leaf and stem in place. Be aware that your stem will flip up and your leaf will stay down. Your leaf needs to be on top of the pumpkin sandwich before sewing. 🙂

Step 7. Add your backing fabric, right sides together to your pumpkin sandwich and stitch around the outer edge. Leave yourself about a 2.5 inch opening to turn your pumpkin right sides out. I marked my opening so I would not forget and sew it closed.

Step 8. Turn your pumpkin and top stitch for a finished look. The topstitching will also close the opening you left for turning. I made a set of 4, added a little handwritten note and got them in the mail and off towards Cara’s house!

Two days after I mailed her package, I received mail from her! Cara thought she was going to make a doorknob hanger, but you never really know with swap items what will arrive. I opened up her padded envelope and was shocked!

It WAS a door hanger, but it was such a fun Halloween BOO themed one! It was put together with beautiful embroidery and covered in spooky things and stitched eyeballs! I loved the bright bold colors and couldn’t wait to hang it up! I have a doggo who loves to jump, so for safety sake I hung it higher than the doorknob. This is not a chew toy!

It looks awesome! Thank you again Cara for your fun swapping idea! I hope all my readers pop over to sewsociety.com to read all the wonderful posts from her. Her blog is filled with helpful hints, tricks, and tips plus pattern reviews and sewalongs. See ya next time for some more spooky fun!

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