Celebrate Fall the Disney Main Street way with this simple Mickey pumpkin embroidery hoop art. This DIY project is perfect for first time stitchers and embroidery veterans to celebrate the Main Street magic.
Main Street Mickey Pumpkin Inspiration
Fall is certainly my favorite time of year. I live for it. The cooler temps, the vibrant colors, the fall festivities, the decorations, and pumpkin everything.
But there is nothing like fall in the Parks. And you know where my all-time-favorite place to enjoy all the FALL FEELS in the Park is? MAIN STREET, U.S.A. The street down to the castle gets lots of pumpkins and my favorite pumpkins are the Mickey inspired ones. I think we can all agree that there can never be enough Mickey Pumpkin.
And you may be feeling that Main Street blues and longing to be on the street filled with those absolutely adorable Mickey pumpkins that are possibly adorned on all the lamp posts. I know I am. Or you might be dreaming of that the big Mickey Pumpkin at Disneyland (I have yet to see… it’s on my bucket list though!). But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Today, I’m sharing this DIY Mickey Pumpkin embroidery hoop art inspired by our favorite fall decoration from our favorite street in all of America to spice up your fall home decor!
Mickey Pumpkin Embroidery Hoop Art
This hoop art requires just a few basic embroidery stitches (I promise, it’s only 2 types of easy stitches) and your basic coloring skills.
Pro-tip – you can stitch while you watch your favorite staple Halloween movies. Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown, The Haunted Mansion… or watch Halloween specific episodes of ABC’s “Castle” (anyone else love that show?) like I did when I stitched my Mickey Pumpkin. It makes the time stitching fly by in a fun way! And with that, you’re on your way to having your home be filled with that festive Main Street magic!
Follow along to see how simple and fun it is to create.
- A Computer and a printer. Locate a Mickey Pumpkin template, the one I used is here. This template prints out perfectly for the 10” embroidery hoop.
- A 10” embroidery hoop
- White or cream colored fabric
- Yellow embroidery thread
- Orange embroidery thread
- Thin Marker or thin Sharpie
- Orange watercolor pencil
- Small paint brush for watercoloring
- Craft glue
1. Gather tools and materials.
2. Cut your white or cream colored fabric to fit your 10” hoop with 1 inch of fabric to hang around the edge of the hoop.
3. Tape the Mickey Pumpkin template to a window. Now take the fabric out of the hoop and tape the fabric in the same place where you taped the template and center the pumpkin. Using the thin marker or sharpie, trace the Mickey Pumpkin onto the fabric using the backlight from the window and the template.
4. Place your fabric with the newly drawn Mickey Pumpkin inside your embroidery hoop and tighten. You’re ready to stitch now!
5. Using the orange thread for the pumpkin, I stitched the outline with the Back Stitch. I started with the main pumpkin outline, then stitched the lines of the main pumpkin before moving on to stitch the pumpkin ears.
6. Using the yellow thread for the eyes, nose and mouth, stitching with the Satin Stitch.
7. Once you’re all finished stitching, it’s time to start coloring! But it’s optional, if you like your Mickey Pumpkin just the way it is, then you can move on to Step 8. I picked up an orange watercolor pencil at Hobby Lobby so I could have that full pumpkin look.
I’ve only used a watercolor pencil one other time in my life so I wasn’t sure how to start coloring with it. With some web-based research I saw I could wet the fabric with the paint brush, then start using the watercolor pencil. And y’all the watercolor pencil is just like using a regular coloring pencil, if not even better. With the fabric being semi-wet, the watercolor pencil just glides on the fabric. After the pumpkin is fully colored, let dry. I let mine dry overnight.
I did notice the water carried the color outside of the pumpkin, so I recommend staying slightly away from the threaded outlines so it will not carry over. But if even so, it doesn’t look bad, it makes it look like the pumpkin has a glow. Which we know they light up at night on Main Street so it worked out fine by my taste.
8. When your pumpkin is dry, use some craft glue on the back of the hoop to secure the artwork in place. Once the glue is dry, use scissors to trim the excess fabric off the back. And wahoo now you can hang your Mickey Pumpkin on the wall or set on your mantel!
Even if you can’t make it to the Parks this fall, this Main Street Mickey pumpkin will bring you that Mickey magic to your home all season long! If you make one, tag me in your photos on Instagram so I can see your Main Street Mickey Pumpkin.
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