Cain and Abel are the most mischievous pair of little bowl fillers you could ever hope to make…though you may not want to leave them on their own for too long. Heaven knows what these trouble these two could get into when your back is turned!
The type of bowl fillers most of us are familiar with is fruit. Especially the fruit most of us don’t remember to eat. The fruit we buy on January 1st, swearing that THIS is the year we will eat healthy, and we forget to eat after January 2nd. The fruit we suddenly discover only by the small cloud of fruit flies hovering over our dining room table. The fruit we toss in the compost pile and then go buy more fruit to forget about the following week.
Let’s face it. The only servings of fruit most of us eat is preceded by the word “Gummy” or “Sour!” (by us I mean me. I’m the person described above. The girl that thinks Fruit Roll-ups should be listed on the Food Pyramid!)
I may or may not be addicted to candy. Under the advice of my dentist, and my thighs, instead of filling a decorative bowl with fruity sweets, it may be far more fun, and beneficial to my health, to create these simply sweet bowl fillers instead!
Cain and Abel are pillows, each small enough to fit in your hands (I make no promises about whether they may bite or not. Fingers beware!). Each is hand sewn with a piece of muslin for backing, though you could use a fun little Halloween print with bones on it to up the fun factor. For those with a little more time, you could enlarge the patterns to make creepy cute twin pillows for your couch! Just be sure to put these fellows out where you may keep an eye on them!
Tips & Tricks
When the design is all punched, cut off the excess weavers cloth, leaving a half-inch border all the way around the pumpkin. Before ironing the excess onto the back of the design, cut the border at half-inch intervals from the outer edge almost to the loops.
Carefully iron down the flaps, overlapping each just a little until they are flattened down.
Center the finished design onto a piece of muslin. Leaving a half inch border, trace around the pumpkin, then cut away the excess, following the line. Pin the muslin to the back of the pumpkin.
Use a ladder stitch to sew the two pieces together, almost back to the beginning. Fill the pumpkin with stuffing, then continue sewing back to the starting point. Knot off thread and trim. Enjoy Abel’s playful grin!
Here is the front and the back of Cain. As you can see, I work the details and outlines first, then I fill in the background. Try it or try it in reverse…just see which process works best for you. I punch the background lines going from the stem to the bottom of the pattern, following the natural rib lines and shape of the pumpkin.
The excess weavers cloth is cut away, leaving about a half inch border all the way around the design. Make careful cuts from the outer edge almost to the loops, about every half inch.
Fold over each of the half-inch cut flaps, overlapping each slightly, and iron into place.
Center the design on muslin, then, leaving a half inch border, trace onto the muslin Cain’s shape. Cut out the shape and pin to the back of Cain, folding inwards this half-inch border. Use a ladder stitch to almost sew the two pieces together. Leave a small opening to insert stuffing, then finish sewing it shut. Be careful that he doesn’t nip your fingers in the process!