Teal pumpkins are becoming more popular with each Halloween season and with good reason. Projects and signs are getting more and more creative to display teal pumpkins for trick-or-treaters.
What Does a Teal Pumpkin Mean?
According to foodallergy.org, “The Teal Pumpkin Project is a movement to raise awareness of food allergies and to create a safer, more inclusive Halloween for all trick or treaters on Halloween. By putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep, you let kids know that your house is food allergy-friendly.”
Teal Pumpkin Treat Ideas
Here are some items you can have on hand in place of candy this Halloween to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project. Kids and parents alike will appreciate the effort.
- Glow sticks
- Spider rings
- Bouncy balls
Teal Pumpkin Project Sign
We made a Teal Pumpkin Project sign in banner form using felt. It is super affordable at less than $3.00 and easy to hang on an outdoor light or command hook. Using felt also makes the sign easy to roll up and store for next year.
A free pumpkin template is provided to download in the step-by-step tutorial below.
This project idea is wonderful for learning to sew, especially if you have been intimidated by trying out a free motion foot. Test your stitching on this inexpensive felt banner rather than an entire quilt top.
Ready to make a felt teal pumpkin banner? Let’s get started!
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This project requires 2 pieces of felt. The background piece is designed to use a single 12″ x 12″ felt sheet to keep things easy.
It can be any color you choose. We used navy blue for the example.
Teal felt is needed to make a teal pumpkin, but feel free to switch that up for a different vibe as well. You could do traditional orange or a white pumpkin for a farmhouse look.
All supplies are listed below and available on Amazon for your convenience.
Step 1 – Download Template
Begin by downloading the template below. Then print it out on your home computer.
Step 2 – Cut out Template
Next, cut out the paper template, and trace it onto teal felt.
Then carefully cut out the felt pieces.
Step 3 – Create Banner Background
Fold down one side of your background felt by 1″ all the way across and pin it in place.
Measure 3″ in from each of the bottom corners, and 3″ up each side. Cut from point to point to form the bottom of the banner.
Step 4 – Place Pumpkin Pieces
Lay the cut out felt pieces in the center of the background to form a pumpkin.
Pin each felt piece in place.
Step 5 – Sew Felt
Using a free motion foot for your sewing machine, stitch around each felt piece.
Free motion simply means the feed dogs on your sewing machine are in the down position, so the fabric can be moved in any direction. Don’t let it intimate you!
If this is your first time trying free motion sewing, just remember it’s only fabric. You can always try again for the cost of pennies.
You can get creative and stitch designs inside or outside each felt piece. This project can be as simple or involved as you choose.
Step 6 – Assemble Background
Sew along the bottom portion of the background where it is folded over to form a casing as well. This can be down with a regular presser foot or a free motion foot.
Insert a dowel into the casing that extends at least 1″ past each edge of the banner.
Step 7 – Hang the Banner
Cut a ribbon to your desired length for hanging. Then tie it around each end of the dowel.
Your teal pumpkin banner is ready to be hung in preparation for trick-or-treaters!
Don’t forget to pin this project for later, and check out some more holiday felt crafts listed below.
- Download and print template.
- Cut out template.
- Trace template onto felt.
- Cut out felt pieces. Set aside.
- Turn one side of background felt sheet under 1" and pin.
- Mark 3" from bottom corners on both sides.
- Connect marks and cut to form banner shape.
- Lay out felt pieces on background as desired.
- Pin in place.
- Sew around each felt piece with free motion foot.
- Sew across bottom of turned down background to form casing.
- Insert dowel through casing. Trim as desired.
- Tie ribbon to each end of dowel.
- Hang banner and enjoy.
Use any felt colors you'd like to customize your banner.
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