Saturday, September 11, 2010

Sweater Pumpkins

So many of you asked about the sweater pumpkins so I took a few pictures as I made one more so you could see each step...so here we go!
 Our first step was to go to the thrift store on  half price day to pick out a few sweaters. For this project we purchased sweaters that were green, off white, and orange. The sweaters were each 99 cents but after the discount the were each 50 cents. You then cut the sleeves off of the sweater. You can leave the cuff on the sweater if it has one. If you use the entire sleeve you will be making a pumpkin that is more like the large ones in the picture. This is a sleeve that I have cut to make smaller for a little pumpkin.
 Next, you will need twine or some sort of string to use on the pumpkin, this will create the veins and the stem.
Ok...turn you sleeve inside out and cut the twine so at one end it sticks out about 2 inches and on the other side it should be at least  5 inches longer than the sleeve. And you will need a smaller piece cut that you will use to tie around the end that will become the bottom.
This is what it will look like ...super simple!
Once you turn it inside out it will look like this. Dont worry if it looks bunchy...it will be fine once it is stuffed. All the twine will now be sticking out one end and the other end will just be open and ready to stuff.
I used batting but you could use plastic bags if you wanted.
 Once it is stuffed I start to bring the twine up and hold it in one hand and then I space the twine around the pumpkin...
Once the twine is space around the pumpkin, I tie the top and then put the twine more tightly so it actually indents into the material.  Then I tie it into a knot.
Now, take the remaining twine and start to wrap it around the top for a stem...
Once it is wrapped, it will look kinda messy...don't worry. Take another small piece of twine and tie it around the top so it doesn't unravel....will look something like this.
Trim it to make you happy...you can cut off more of the sweater at the top if you don't want so much to show over the twine...but I like that little bit of color...
Make a collection!!  I did leave the strings longer on the top of the larger pumpkins just because  I liked it. On the larger pumpkins I doubled the twine for the veins so there were two stings on each vein, not one. You could also use the body of the sweater if you want a very large pumpkin but I was out of stuffing so this is where I stopped. Of course my Mom has a matching set....the other sleeve of each sweater!!!
 I found this on the internet...this is not my idea. I have not been able to find the site again but if I do I will give credit where it is due! I hope this helps...they only take about 5 minutes or less to make and they are super easy. Enjoy you Saturday...be blessed.

27 comments:

Linda said...

what a great idea...thanks

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

Oh how adorable....great creative idea.
Karen

Joy said...

How fun is that...love fall and pumpkins! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Happy Weekend!

Holly Hills Primitives said...

Thanks for sharing such a great idea! I may try making some next week, Dawn

Storybook Woods said...

These are pretty brillant Dianntha xoxox Clarice

Lissa said...

those are so completely darling! I'm sure many people will make them~

Lili said...

Smells like autumn around here... Love it. Yummy...
Thanks for the tutorial, it's a great idea.
Hugs,
Lili

Katherine said...

Too cute! I love the colors you chose. Thanks for sharing!

Laurie said...

Thanks for the instructions - I love the pumpkins!t

cynthia lee designs said...

I love those pumpkins...what a great idea and they are just too cute!!
Thanks for stopping by blog...I just signed up to follow yours.
Aren't the candy-canes fun to make!! The ones I purchased were not stained and they have glitter on them, so not sure if I can stain them without the glitter coming off. I'm thinking I will stain the ones for my shows.
~Cindy~
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Plain Ol' Vanilla said...

What a great idea! I'm going to be on the hunt for some sweaters at our local Goodwill.

Joyce

Lisa said...

thanks for visiting my blog and i'm glad i discovered yours
those little pumpkins are a great idea and very creative

BittersweetPunkin said...

Oh how clever! I may just try that....I bought a few real pumpkins yesterday...the mini ones- so I am just getting into the groove of decorating for Fall. After we finish school today I am going to bring my stuff in from the garage and have at it :)

Hugs,
Robin

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

I love how round these turned out. Fun! I shared it on my Tatertots & Jello FB page and linked to you :)

xox
Jen

diXymiss said...

Whimsical, frugal and simple ~ my favorite sort of craft project! ThanX for the eXcellent tutorial and piX. I love the teXture of the sweater material and twine.

Gumbo Lily said...

Thank you for sharing this neat project with us. It appears harder than it really is. Now I want to try.

Jody

Sonia said...

What a great idea! I know my girls are going to want to do this one!

Suzy said...

I love this idea!! Very cute! I'm heading to the thrift store tonight to scoop up some sweaters.

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Storybook Woods said...

Hey sweetie, you need to go look at the coffee shop board, it is about your pumpkins. You will be glad you did ;-) xoxo Clarice

Meggie said...

So cute, Dianntha! Now that's what I call recycling!

M.R. said...

Dianntha,

I love these pumpkins! I am just recently wanting to get back into crafting/creating, and these will be a fantastic first project for me! I have lot's of raw materials to work with right here at home too! We have tons of old sweaters that we were getting ready to donate to goodwill but now I'll definitely have to keep some out for making pumpkins!

Peace and Blessings,
Martha @ A Real NY Housewife

Gettysburg Homestead said...

Very Cool!!!! They look great!

Mary

Tammy said...

Enjoyed seeing your pumpkins! I saw some downtown Marysville Festi-fair...they were made of chenille bedspread material.

It is nice to catch up with you on your blog again!☺

Deb Kennedy said...

Hi! I think you must have seen the originals of these on my blog... I created them a few years ago, call them my 'Sweet Sweater Pumpkins', and have been posting about them each fall. Last year, I posted a tutorial of how to make them - yours looks very similar. You can find it at http://hummadeedledee.blogspot.com/2008/09/pumpkin-inspiration-tutorial.html

Yours look great! ;0)

rhonda.willingham said...

I loved your directions. I made several, gave them to friends and used them in my fall decorating. Thanks for doing the work of figuring out how to make them. Fun project!

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Herbert said...

So many of you asked about the sweater pumpkins so I took a few pictures ... aorangesweater.blogspot.com