My 3 year old has EE and is primarily tube fed. Read: he can’t have candy. He also started preschool this year. He wants to participate in all the fun parties they do in class. One thing they do is bring in candy to share with the other classmates. Since he can’t have candy, I whipped up some cute and simple pencil toppers.
Felt is the easiest material to sew with. You don’t need to worry about fraying edges or fancy stitches. I whipped 25 of these up in an hour.
- orange, green and black felt
- E-6000 glue
Rough cut two layers of orange and your template. Cut a green stem and sandwich it between your orange layers. Put your paper template on top.
Pin the layers making sure the stem is held in place.
Shorten your stitch length. You are going to sew right through your paper and the short stitch length will make it easy for the paper to come off. (No, your needle does not like sewing on paper. You should change your needle often anyway.)
Sew right on top of the template. Follow the lines for the outside of the pumpkin. Do not sew around the stem, just where the stem and the pumpkin meet.
Your paper should easily pop right off because of the close perforations.
Carefully trim around the stitches. Make sure that you do not cut through the green stem.
Cut your eyes and little smirk out of black felt.
Using E-6000 and a toothpick, glue the face on. I like a little smirk, don’t you?
Snip a small opening at the bottom of the backside. Be careful not to cut through both layers. This is where the pencil will go in.
Apply E-6000 around the eraser and shove the eraser into the pumpkin. I twist as I go and make sure not to get glue all over. Push the pencil up into the pumpkin.
Give them out to your favorite preschoolers!