These DIY Sock Pumpkins are so cute! These are not everyday Sock Pumpkins – designer Kathleen George dresses up her Sock Pumpkins with a variety of ribbons and trims. Use Kathleen’s Sock Pumpkin tutorial to make a collection to display in a basket, a bowl, or to give as gifts. They would make darling Halloween gifts for teachers and neighbors!
To make Sock & Ribbon Pumpkins, you will need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” & 4” balls
- Stretchy orange tights or socks
- Heavy-duty thread
- Ribbons, trims, soutache, rickrack, an assortment in orange and black
- Grosgrain ribbon, ½” in green
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; rubber bands; cloth tape measure; Exacto® knife; nail scissors or needle tool; craft pins
To make Sock & Ribbon Pumpkins:
Form the pumpkin:
1. Mark the center top and bottom on a ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.
2. Wrap three rubber bands around the ball, dividing it into six equal sections. Use the tape measure to double check that the six sections are equal.
3. Run a sharp pencil next to each rubber band to mark off the sections. Remove rubber bands.
4. Cut out 3/8” wide, v-shape grooves along each line using the Exacto knife. Smooth the sides of each groove using your fingers.
5. Press the bottom of the ball on your work surface, flattening it slightly so it won’t roll.
6. Make a ½” hole at the bottom of the ball with the sharp point of the pencil.
Cover the pumpkin:
7. You will cover the pumpkins in fabric tubes cut from the socks or tights. The tube length will vary according to size of ball and stretchiness of the fabric.
8. First, cut across the ankle, removing the foot. Push the ball into the leg. Hint: holding the ball in the palm of your hand while inserting the ball will make this easier.
9. Leave an extra ½” at the open end. Gather the tights together at opposite end and cut across the tights 1” above the gathers. Remove the ball.
10. Use this tube as a pattern for other balls and socks/tights of the same size and style. If the balls and socks/tights are different, repeat the above to cover each.
11. Insert a carved ball into the corresponding tube of orange fabric. Place white craft glue into the hole at the bottom of the pumpkin. Secure the fabric at the bottom by tucking the open edges of the tube firmly into the hole using a tool such as the pointed end of nail scissors or a needle tool. Use straight pins to secure inside the hole as well, if needed.
12. Gather the tube up tightly at the top of the pumpkin and wrap firmly with heavy-duty or upholstery thread to secure. The extra fabric will serve as the pumpkin stem. Trim to 1 ½”.
Decorate pumpkins with trims:
13. Glue and pin a variety of orange and black trims around the pumpkin. Glue some right into the grooves and run others down the center of the pumpkin sections. Refer to the photo for inspiration.
14. Tie a 4” piece of green grosgrain ribbon around the base of the stem for leaves. Clip leaves at an angle.
Kathleen also designed this cute, Row of Sock Pumpkins from a man’s tube sock. This could be a fun Halloween craft for the kids to help out with — they’d have a blast making the funny faces.
Pumpkin Crafts Week isn’t over yet! Are any of the pumpkin crafts shared so far on your “must-make” Halloween craft list?
Happy pumpkin crafting.