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How to Make Pumpkins From Sweater Sleeves

Affordably adorable sweater pumpkins that you're going to want to add to your 'fall to-do' list!

sweater pumpkins
Hey friends, before we get to this tutorial, I have to tell you about our weekend! Mr DIY and I spent all day Saturday installing our wood walls. They look fantastic and I can't wait to share how easy it was! Be watching for the "how-to" later this week, and the reveal shortly after!

Sweater pumpkins and I go waaayyy back. In fact, I think one of the very first blog posts I ever published was a sweater pumpkin tutorial!

I cringe when I look back at my pictures...my photography skills have come a long way! Seriously!

I keep making these pumpkins because not only are they easy and affordable...but they are just so cute...and it's easy to tuck them in a corner, on a book or candle holder, in a basket...you get the idea!

I mean, they just don't get any cuter than this...

sweater pumpkin tutorial

sweater pumpkins with long bendable stems

I didn't set out to make more sweater pumpkins this year, but then I visited the thrift store.

I found a duck egg blue sweater on sale at Goodwill for .75$ and was unable to resist it! I also bought a large white sweater with lovely ribbing details. I believe I made 8 pumpkins from just the sweater sleeves alone!

Tip: when purchasing sweaters to make pumpkins, look for ones with a tight weave; we don't want any of the beans to fall through. Any ribbing or cables will add more interest to your DIY pumpkins!

sweater pumpkins for fall decor

I made these pumpkins while we were waiting out Hurricane Harvey and wondering if our street was going to flood. Thankfully it did not, but as you can imagine I had a lot of nervous energy to burn off and making a slew of sweater pumpkins seemed to help, so that's what I did!

The result is a pumpkin patch full of sweet sweater pumpkins, each with its own bendable, realistic-looking stem!

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These pumpkins really are easy to make, and need just a few supplies.

SUPPLIES TO MAKE SWEATER PUMPKINS


supplies needed to make sweater pumpkins

HOW TO MAKE SWEATER PUMPKINS

Step by step instructions are below.
how to make sweater pumpkins, step by step

Step One

Cut sleeves off sweaters at the armpit. Cut sleeve in half. Turn inside out and wrap end tightly with a rubber band. Turn right side out.

Step Two

Add an inch or two of dried beans to the bottom. This helps pumpkin hold its shape and gives it a weighted base.

Step Three

Add polyfill about halfway up the sleeve.

Step Four

Tie top with rubber band as tightly as possible.

Step Five

Tie jute cord tightly around the rubber band.

Step Six

Cut corners off remaining sleeve to reduce bulk.

Step Seven

Wrap jute twine as tightly as possible along the length of the stem we are creating. You will notice it getting narrower as you get to the end because we removed the bulk in the previous step.

Step Eight

Glue end of jute to stem.

That's it! You can see these pumpkins in action all around my fall-decorated home!

sweater pumpkin tucked into a basket

sweater pumpkins grouped together

If you're sharp, you've noticed that some of my DIY pumpkins have short, stumpy stems. That's because I chose not to trim the bulk of the sweater sleeve. I like the variation!

sweater pumpkins tucked into a wreath

And if you're comfortable with a needle and thread, it's quite easy to add segments to your sweater pumpkin.

HOW TO SEGMENT SWEATER PUMPKINS

Step One

Knot end of a length of sturdy thread (I used this cotton yarn).

Starting at the middle of the base, insert needle into pumpkin and draw it up at top of stem. You may have to squish the pumpkin to get the needle to pass all the way through.

Note: this is not a normal needle, it's longer and thicker with a larger eye.

how to add segments to sweater pumpkins


Step Two


Pull thread around pumpkin back to the base. The thread will show on the side of the pumpkin.

Now repeat Step One two or three more times, inserting the needle up through the base. It may be difficult to pass the needle through the rubber bands, and beans. A thimble will make it easier because you'll be able to push on the needle with your finger.

Space the segments out evenly. Pull tightly on the thread each time you draw it through the pumpkin. You will end with the thread on the bottom of the pumpkin. Knot it to finish and clip thread.

You will wind up with a flatter pumpkin that has segments, like the front one in the picture here.

DIY sweater pumpkins

I hope you're inspired to make a few sweater sleeve pumpkins after seeing how cute they are and how easy they are to make!

Send me any questions you have if you need help understanding this tutorial and I'll do my best to help you through it!


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7 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Amazing! I will make this with my kids! Thank you for the ideas!

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    1. Thanks Francena, these will be perfect to make with your kids!

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  2. Oh my gosh...these are adorable! I can hardly wait for our local Goodwill store to open today. Thank you for this neat tutorial Cindy & for making it sound so easy.
    I will be making these for gifts..and several for our home too.

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    1. Becky, I hope you have fun making pumpkins... and find some great sweaters from Goodwill!

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    2. Becky, I hope you have fun making pumpkins... and find some great sweaters from Goodwill!

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  3. This is perrrrfect! I got to make these. Great tutorial

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