The Pumpkin Patch Snack Mat: A New EPP Pattern (Just in time, too...)

08 Oct 2014

Pumpkin Patch Snack Mat

I have sketchbooks filled with EPP ideas, and I spend a lot of train and bus time doodling shapes. There's a page in one of these books where I simply scrawled: "OMG, hexie pumpkins!"

Well, after further noodling, I decided that octagons were ultimately more pumpkinlike, and also a great shape for showcasing interesting Halloween fabrics. And so this Pumpkin Patch Snack Mat pattern was born.

Pumpkin Patch Snack Mat

This piece is 10" x 10" – that's plenty big enough for a hot cider and pumpkin muffin, or you can place a small pumpkin on it and use it as side-table decor.

It's also a very easy project, with simple quilting and (if I do say so mydangself) a pretty smart, foolproof backing method. If you've only done EPP with hexies, you'll love working with octagons. And if you start this now, I know you can finish well before Halloween.

Pumpkin Patch Snack Mat

The pumpkin faces are my favorite detail. The nice people at Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts sent me some samples of their Memento Luxe stamp pads to play with, and I carved some dead-simple stamps from a dollar-store eraser I had on hand. The ink gave excellent coverage on the fabric, and with a little heat-set from my iron, is now nice and permanent.

(The pattern, incidentally, gives you full instructions on stamp-cutting, and has eight face templates you can follow if you like. Or, make up your own!)

Pumpkin Patch Snack MatThe pattern is available as a PDF in my shop, and it's replete with photos and videos to make the whole process of piecing and assembly crystal clear.

So, Happy Halloween Snacking!



I am not sure if I have ever seen a better project for EPP! I just love your pumpkin faces, they are SOOOOOOO adorable! You are amazing! Love your use of the stripe, too!

Thank you, Meryl Ann! Glad you like that stripe - it was the only small-scale Halloween print at my local Jo-Ann for some reason. But I think it worked well, and up close, it's filled with tiny cute details. :-)

This is the most adorable Halloween project!! I love how you create such wonderful things that just make me want to smile!! And, since Christmas has been on my mind with figuring out what to make for family members this year, I am thinking that subbing a snowman head for the pumpkins would be a great start for a Winter version!! Ohhhh, thank you so much, Diane! You are an amazing inspiration!!

OMG SNOWMEN!!! That's an awesome idea! I want to see how yours turns out, please please please. And thank you so much for your kind words. What a lovely way to wrap up this day!

Your Halloween snack mat turned out so adorable, Diane! I may have to make one for my spider-and-bat-loving grandmother, and possibly one to keep for myself, next year. It's going on my to-create list for sure!

:-) I want a spider-and-bat-loving Grandmother too!! She sounds like so much fun!