These pumpkins are easy to make and they are a fun way to use some old fabric or clothes or seasonal decor. I combined a dollar store item with an old sweater to create these simple, cute no sew sweater pumpkins. These don’t take long at all to make.
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I’m enjoying using lots of neutrals with pops of blue and coral this year for my fall decor. These sweater pumpkins fit in with that decor nicely.
No Sew Sweater Pumpkins
Each month, I join with some of my blogging friends for a monthly blog hop challenge. This month our theme was an upcycled fabric project. Be sure to check out their creations at the bottom of this post.
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Supplies Used for Sweater Pumpkins
- Old sweater
- Staple Puller
- Hot glue
- Jewelry beads
- Mini Pine cone
- Laminated burlap (I didn’t use the lacy burlap that’s pictured here)
- Card board pumpkin and football hanging banner
I found this cute hanging banner at the Dollar Tree a few weeks ago. I wasn’t sure how I would use it, but I knew it would be a great item for crafts. The sweater is one I’ve had for a few years and it has some pilling on it that makes it look bad. The color of it is just right for my fall decor.
I cut the ribbon from the card board pumpkins and used a staple puller to remove the staples. I saved the footballs for another project of course! The sleeves of the sweater are the best pieces to work with for this.I cut three pieces to use. Before covering the pumpkins, I used them as a template to cut three pieces of felt to use for backing.
Each of the sleeve pieces were cut open and I placed the blank side of the pumpkin face down so that the orange color couldn’t be seen.
Wrapping the pumpkin:
- Pull the fabric tautly over the bottom end of the pumpkin
- Add hot glue and press down
- Repeat for the top part of the pumpkin
- Pull the fabric tautly over each side of the pumpkin and glue in place
- Add more hot glue and press down any fabric that needs it.
- Use a dowel to press it down to avoid finger burns
- Trim the excess fabric away
- Use hot glue to add the felt pumpkin pattern to the back to cover the raw edges of the sweater
- Flip the pumpkin over to make sure that it’s smooth
Embellishing the sweater pumpkin
- Run a piece of twine through jewelry bead
- Tie the twine around the stem of the pumpkin
I used laminated burlap for the leaves for the pumpkin to avoid fraying. I cut very simple ones, but you could find a template and cut more elaborate ones. These are hot glued in place with just a dot of glue.
I wanted these pumpkins to stand upright, so I had to come up with a way to make a stand. After considering several options, I settled on an easy one. Two pieces of cork coasters were cut and glued together. Then, they were glued to the back of the pumpkins.
For one of the pumpkins, I glued on a mini pine cone instead of using the beads. I also added a simple bow to each of the pumpkins. The bows are hot glued in place.
I always like no sew fabric projects since sewing is not a skill that I have. Making these was easy and I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out!
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Easy No Sew Sweater Pumpkin
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