Warm 'N Toasty Pumpkins

Well sweater pumpkins seem to be pretty popular and I know why, they are really neat!  There also are a few tutorials available on the internet to make them yourself.

You can find one here at hummadeedledee.  And, another here at Small Fry & Co.

I found 4 great sweaters to use for pumpkins at a huge garage sale last weekend.  All sized kids to teens.   One went to my daughter's closet though when we got home.  :)

I certainly don't want to reinvent the wheel, but I will show you a couple of pictures of how I made them just because it's a combination of the two tutorials linked above.

For the small pumpkins in the cloches I cut a sleeve off one sweater and then cut it into five pieces.  Each is somewhere between 3"-4" long.  The bigger pumpkins were from pieces of the other sleeve about 6"-8" long.

To make the bottom of the pumpkin:

1. Turn the piece wrong side out. 
2. Gather the wider end with a long running stitch and pull tight. (no picture, sorry.)
3. Pull the gather stitch up and with your thread still intact begin stitching your gathered bottom together, forming the bottom of the pumpkin.

4. Turn the pumpkin right side out.

5. Fill with a ball of polyfill. I used batting because I have two big bags of scraps of it that I want to use up.  I just pulled the batting apart and formed it into a ball.

6. Gather the top of the pumpkin together and hold with clothespins or have someone help you...or be very coordinated and hold it with your hand while you tie the string around.

7. Tie it up tight with string or twine, yarn, etc....whatever you want.

8. Continue to wrap the stem with your choice of  fiber.  Since I'm a string fan, that's my choice.  
9. Secure the end with a bit of hot glue.

10. Thread a big needle with strong or double thread again and take stitches down from the top of the pumpkin, out the center of the bottom of the pumpkin, back up from the bottom and out the top.  Continue pulling tight and taking stitches until you have shaped the pumpkin to your liking.  I took about 6 stitches in each.  Then knot the thread at the bottom.

Your done.

I think you'll have fun making some!

The same but different:  I made these out of an old feed sack.  However didn't take stitches to form them.  I broke two needles trying to however.  The fabric was stronger, the pumpkins bigger, and my batting really thick on the inside.  Its OK because they shaped really well anyway.

More on the orange pumpkin on next week.  I used inkodye!

Update: Another fall project can be found here. (felt coasters)
And a fall wreath project here.

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  1. Love, Love, Love your sweater pumpkins. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  2. Love them! Thx for the great tutorial!!

  3. These are totally cute pumpkins. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I will have to search for some sweaters to try and make some. Thanks for linking up. I will be sharing your post on my FB page.

  4. Those are really fun Jill!
    They look especially lovely arranged so artfully ... more magazine worthy photos

  5. So pretty and how fun! thanks for the tutorial!

  6. Love these pumpkins. They look like a fun project.

  7. Oh I agree these are just so adorable and whats really great is they look easy to make! That is my kind of craft. I am new to your blog and am so glad that I found it! Your daughters wedding was absolutely gorgeous.

  8. Love these. The feedsack is wonderful!

  9. Thanks for shareing I will have to try that I have been useing old sweaters and making mittens the sleeves work real good for that also Thank you

  10. For ultimate unconsumption, try filling them with lint from the washing machine! :)

  11. Love them Jill :) toooo adorable for words!!

  12. I like the idea for door stoppers

  13. Jill Ruth, thank you so much for sharing the link to my blog, where I first shared my Original Sweet Sweater Pumpkins back in 2008! I've moved my tutorial over to my new DIY Seasonal Decor blog, HOMEWARDfound Decor: http://homewardfounddecor.blogspot.com/p/tutorial-sweet-sweater-pumpkins.html


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