DIY Decorative Pumpkins from Old Sweaters

There’s a nip in the air. It’s time to get your sweaters out. Fall is coming! But if you happen to find a moth hole in one or more, don’t throw them out, instead, make some easy sweater pumpkins for autumn decorating. Or you could head to your nearest thrift store, like I did, to gather up a few old, outdated sweaters with some great colors and textures for this project.

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(Image: Beth Huntington)

Things You'll Need

  • Old sweaters

  • Fabric scissors

  • Large needle and embroidery thread

  • Pillow stuffing

  • Twine

  • Hot glue

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Step 1

Cut a piece from one of the sleeves. The size you cut will depend on how big you’d like your pumpkin to be.

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Step 2

Thread a large needle with a full strand of embroidery thread and tie a knot in one end. Turn the sleeve piece inside out and hand stitch around the larger end.

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Step 3

Pull your stitches tight to gather the end together.

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Step 4

Wrap the rest of the embroidery thread around the gathers several times and secure with a knot. Cut off the extra thread.

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Step 5

Turn the sleeve right side out and the gathered end will become the bottom of your pumpkin.

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Step 6

Fill the sleeve with pillow stuffing until it is the shape you like then use twine, string or leather to wrap around the “stem”.

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Tie a knot in the twine when you get the look you like. You can even use a dot of hot glue on the knot to keep it secure. Repeat this process with several different colored sweaters for a fun and easy fall decoration.

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(Image: Beth Huntington)
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