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1/2 yard houndstooth fabric
Scrap of black fabric
Buttonhole or strong thread
7. Baste stitch around the top of pumpkin as you did for the bottom. Pull threads to gather. Adjust stuffing as necessary. Pull threads tightly. Pull knot out of the beginning of basting. Knot securely with a square knot.
8. Using spool end of thread, wrap thread around pumpkin twice to make a crease. Repeat 2 more times to make 6 sections as shown. The threads in the center top of the pumpkin will be scattered. Use spool to go under threads to draw them together at one point. Tie threads securely with existing threads from before. Clip threads leaving one long end from spool.
9. Cut 2 stems from a scrap of fabric from pattern here:
Download Houndstooth Pumpkin Stem-PDF
Stitch stem pieces together with a 1/4" seam on 3 edges as shown.
11. Center stem open side down onto center top of pumpkin. Thread needle with long end of thread left on pumpkin. Hand stitch stem to pumpkin. Alternate stitches from crease of stem to gathers of pumpkin until you have stitched all the way around to stem. Knot and clip thread.