How to Make Sweater Pumpkins

Pumpkin lattes, yummy pumpkin treats and pumpkin carving: it must be fall! Recycle those old sweaters or turn thrift store knits into cozy pumpkins that will last year after year.

Photo By: Debbie Wolfe

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Photo By: Photo by Debbie Wolfe

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Photo By: Photo by Debbie Wolfe

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How to Make Sweater Pumpkins

This is an easy DIY to get you into the fall spirit. Make a few of these  cozy pumpkins to spice up your home for autumn.

Supplies Needed

You will need an old sweater, fiber fill, a glue gun, tapestry needle, matching yarn, jute twine and a old, gnarled twig.

Cut the Sweater

You can use the body or the sleeve of the sweater. Whichever part you use, it needs to be a tube.

Get the Sweater Tube Ready

Turn the sweater tube inside out before you start sewing.

Get Ready to Sew

Thread the tapestry needle with about 10 inches of yarn. Use a running stitch to close the bottom of the sweater tube. A running stitch is worked by passing the needle in and out of the fabric.

Stitch Across the Bottom

Make the stitches loose. You can space them far apart. This will help with the next step.

Pull Both Ends of the Yarn

Pull the two ends of the yarn to cinch the the bottom of the sweater tube closed.

Tie It Up

Tie a knot to secure the cinched tube.

Turn the Bag Inside Out

Turn the sweater tube inside out. This will create a bag.

Stuff It

Stuff the sweater bag with fiber fill. Leave about an inch from the top.

Stitch the Top

Thread the tapestry needle again. Use a running stitch to close the top of the sweater bag.

Cinch the Top

Pull the two ends of the yarn to cinch the top of the sweater bag. Secure the cinch with a knot.

Tie on a Piece of Jute Twine

Tie a piece of jute twine around the cinch. Secure with a dab of hot glue.

Apply a Glob of Glue on Top

Apply a generous amount of hot glue to the top of the cinch. Put on end of the gnarled twig on top of the glue.

Attach the Stem

Wrap the jute twine around the base and slightly up the twig until the joint is covered. All done. Repeat with other parts of the sweater. Create a fall vignette by pairing a few different sized pumpkins and some dried flowers.