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Teal Pumpkin Project Applique for Halloween

This Halloween sewing project is inspired by the “Teal Pumpkin Project.” This easy pumpkin appliqué tutorial makes a cute door banner to let little visitors know your treats are safe for them!

Use this free applique pattern and tutorial to let trick-or-treaters know if your house is allergy and sensory friendly! Non-food treats are important for kids with allergies and this banner will let them know your house is safe for them. Click for the easy sewing tutorial!

For those who don’t know, the Teal Pumpkin Project is a movement to offer non-edible treats on Halloween night for children with allergies, sensory concerns, or blood sugar difficulties. 

Although our family is pretty fortunate to be relatively unaffected by allergies (with the exception of my son's mild hazelnut allergy) , the Teal Pumpkin Project is close to my heart for a few reasons. 

As I talk about in my “Sally” Halloween Softie post, we didn’t celebrate Halloween until I was a teenager. Regardless of this, I had to be very careful about sweets throughout my childhood.

Holidays, birthday parties, class parties, friends’ houses—all offered an array of sugary confectionery that had to be limited or avoided completely due to me having hypoglycemia.

In short, eating too much sugar or carbohydrates without a balance of protein sends my blood sugar skyrocketing—then plummeting—like a roller coaster until I pass out. It’s inherited and my dad has it too.

Not fun for sweet-binging holidays! When other kids only had an upset tummy, I faced a potential blood sugar coma.

This, along with several sensory texture issues (that my son also has now), we are overtly enthusiastic about offering non-food items for Halloween and class gift-giving!

Some wonderful ideas can be found on the Teal Pumpkin Project website for treats!

Use this free applique pattern and tutorial to let trick-or-treaters know if your house is allergy and sensory friendly! Non-food treats are important for kids with allergies and this banner will let them know your house is safe for them. Click for the easy sewing tutorial!
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As far as the Pumpkin Appliqué Tutorial is concerned, you’ll need:

Print and cut out your pumpkin template pieces.

Cut out your fabric pieces accordingly (I just traced the pieces with a pencil—remember that if you are tracing on the back of the fabric, you need to also turn your template piece over too).

Arrange your pieces on top of your single layer of Wonder Under (shiny side up).

Pass the hot iron over the fabric pieces without touching the metal edge to the Wonder Under—it sticks like glue!

Cut out your pumpkin and press the edges better, so the appliqué is one piece.

Cut out your muslin pennant with your rotary cutter (can also be done with shears, but is much easier and cleaner with the rotary). 

Measurements should be: 

Once satisfied with the shape, peel the paper off the back of your appliqué and press your pumpkin onto your pennant with an iron. 

Use cross stitches, running stitches, or back stitches to go over the edges of your pumpkin pieces to secure them and make it decorative.

Finally sew or glue a rolled top, and pass a dowel rod through the tunnel. Secure with a ribbon, and hang it on your door!

If you liked this tutorial, feel free to tag me @cinderellasews on Instagram so I can share your awesome work! Have a safe and happy Halloween!



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