DIY Striped Sweater Pumpkins


Hey there, amazing Friends! Today I’m hanging out with some very talented ladies from bHome sharing what we love about Fall.

Do you know what I really love about Fall, besides the cooler weather? I love football, chili, and Halloween!

I’m pretty sure you don’t want to hear about football…ok maybe just one little teeny tiny video. Try and guess which kiddo is mine:

I thought it was hilarious. My hubby, the coach, not so much!

I don’t share recipes here, but I see a big crockpot full of chili in my near future!

And it’s just a tad early to be busting out the Halloween decor, so I’ll have to settle on sharing a photo from last year:

Outdoor Halloween Decor at

As you can see we really get into Halloween around here! You can see more of my outdoor Halloween décor HERE.

So what am I sharing today? Well, you know what else I love no matter the season?

A good repurpose project!

So for today, I decided to share something fun I made for Fall with these:


Those would be thrift store finds. I’m pretty sure I am the only customer that would be excited to find that green velour shirt. (Super excited.)
And here’s what they turned into:

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Pumpkins, of course!

There are lots of sweater pumpkins floating around the internet these days, but today I’m sharing how to make these fun striped ones!

The green fits right in with my Fall colors.

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They’re just kind of whimsical. You could use any color combination you can imagine.

To make these, you’ll need a few things:

  • Sweaters/shirts or fabric of your choice
  • Rotary cutter/straight edge/cutting mat or scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Embroidery thread
  • Upholstery needle
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Hot glue gun/glue
  • Jute twine

Here is how they came together:

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  1. Cut fabric into strips. I love my rotary cutter and straight edge for easy cutting.
  2. Place right sides together and sew strips.
  3. Fold in half and sew seam with right sides together. (I played around with different sizes. For the medium size above, I cut my piece slightly tapered at 12″ across the top and 16″ across the bottom.)
  4. Gather bottom edge and secure with embroidery thread.
  5. Add polyfil. (Add popcorn kernels first to weight the bottom if you have a taller pumpkin.)
  6. Tie the top with embroidery thread.
  7. Thread your upholstery needle (JoAnns sells them in packs of three for $4.99.) and knot one end. Insert under a fold on the bottom to hide knot.
  8. Bring up and down through the top right near where it is tied off at the top.
  9. Pull out of the bottom and pull taught. Secure with a  knot, then continue to create the next indention, and so forth.
  10. Tie jute around the top. Wind tightly around the “stem” securing with hot glue here and there. When the stem is as tall as you like, trim the excess sweater to make the top of the stem flat.
  11. Apply hot glue to the flat surface on the top of the stem, and coil the jute from the outside in.

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Of course  I couldn’t let anything go to waste. I used the sleeves to make several smaller pumpkins…

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No machine required…just start at step four above to make these!

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I found a nice plaid Eddie Bauer shirt as well. People donate good stuff! Then people like me buy it and cut it up.

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I made enough pumpkins to put several in my shop, so if you’re local, I’ll be dropping them off tomorrow!

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I love sweater pumpkins but last year I also made a sweater owl:

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Isn’t he a cutie? I received a sweater as part of the Swap it Like it’s Hot tour where a bunch of us crazy bloggers all send each other thrift store junk to revive. See the how-to for this owl and what else I got and made over HERE.

Couldn’t help adding more pumpkins to the table in the corner…

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And the hutch…

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I love how these blend perfectly with my Fall color palette.

See seven more budget-friendly neutral Fall décor projects here:

7 Thifty neutral Fall Decor Projects from
7 Thrifty Neutral Fall Décor Projects

I also recently shared my Fall Tablescape that included a simple five minute napkin ring idea:

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Neutral Fall Tablescape {& Five Minute Napkin Rings}

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Visit five more bHome Bloggers today, 30 in all by the end of the week ! So much Fall inspiration in on place!

{Friday 9/30}

Redhead Can Decorate

Redhead Can Decorate Fall Tour

Love of Home

Love of Home Fall Tour

Edith and Evelyn Vintage

Edith and Evelyn Vintage Fall Tour

Debbie Doos

Debbbie Doo's Fall Tour

Cupcakes and Crinolines

Cupcakes and Crinolines Fall Tour

Buckets of Burlap

Buckets of Burlap Fall Tour

{Thursday 9/29}

Maison de Pax

Maison de Pax Fall Tour

Homemade by Carmona

Homemade by Carmona Fall Tour

Cedar Hill Farmhouse

Cedar Hill Farmhouse Fall Tour

On Sutton Place

On Sutton Place Fall Tour

Shabby Art Boutique

Shabby Art Boutique Fall Tour

{Wednesday 9/28}

French Garden House

French Garden House Fall Tour

Housepitality Designs

Housepitality Designs Fall Sunroom

Our Southern Home

Our Southern Home Fall recipe

Stone Gable

Stone Gable Fall decor

Lilacs and Longhorns

Lilacs and Longhorns Fall decor

{Tuesday 9/27}


Designthusiasm Fall Tour

Cynthia Weber Design

Cynthia Weber Fall Tour

Shabby FuFu

Shabby FuFu Fall Tour

Starfish Cottage

Starfish Cottage Fall Tour

Setting for Four

Setting for Four Fall Tour

Nina Hendrick

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{Monday 9/26}

Savvy Southern Style

Savvy Southern Style Fall Tour

Garden Therapy

Garden Therapy Fall Tour

Little Farmstead

Little Farmstead Fall Tour

My Soulful Home

My Soulful Home Fall Tour

Jennifer Rizzo Design Company

Jennifer Rizzo Fall Tour

Rooms for Rent

Rooms for Rent Fall Tour

I think this is it for me for Fall Décor, looking forward to setting up for Halloween next!

But first, I’ll be back tomorrow sharing what I did with this flatware box:

See ya then!

UPDATE: See what it looks like now HERE! 🙂



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  1. Hi Christy. May have finally figured out why I have not been able to post comments. Had to use a different browser.(My husband figured it out actually) I have been following you but not able to contact you!!!
    Love the pumpkins, btw!!! And yes, I pinned the Paint Saint. What a great idea that is!

    • Hey Sue…thank you! It’s so good to hear from you! Glad to hear you’re still following along, my friend! Good luck on the giveaway! XO

  2. Oh my gosh!…I love your striped sweater pumpkin, a.k.a The Rugby Pumpkin….as it reminds me of a Rugby shirt…so very cute and creative!!!….I must say that I love all of your beautiful sweater pumpkins….including that adorable owl!!…Love the crochet wings! You are so very talented Christy! Great touring with you today and Happy Fall!!! Pinned away!

    • Aww thanks so much, Shirley! It does look like a rugby shirt now that you said that ha ha. So fun to be touring with you today too! XOXO

  3. Christy, those are super cute pumpkins in green and white, but of course the plaid one is my favorite. Glad to be touring with you.

  4. You always have such great ideas! I’m hosting a Pumpkinpalooza craft night on Saturday for all my besties and this gave me a new take on pumpkin making. Thanks! Now I have a few different kinds we can make. I need to stop at the thrift store. I saw a camel color leather jacket marked way down. I think it needs to be a pumpkin.


    • Thank you, Nancy!! Glad I could give you some ideas for Saturday…that sounds like my kind of fun! Yes…go get that jacket! XO

  5. That is such a great idea Christy, looks awesome!!

  6. I love your sweater pumpkins, Christy! They look so perfect for fall! And, I love your Halloween decor — you are definitely the fun and festive house on the block! Happy to be touring with you today!

  7. Candy Walsh says:

    Pinned image and fingers are crossed!!
    Thank you so much!

  8. Your home is just so welcoming! Thank you for the pumpkin tutorial, I love your striped ones so much, what a fun, new twist on pumpkins. I am so happy to be touring with you today!

  9. I have a box full of vintage velveteen from the 50’s-60’s. Have been wanting to do this all year. Love the paid and the stripes … would’ve never thought of that.

  10. Without a doubt, these are the cutest, softest, most snugly, most awesome fabric pumpkins I have ever seen! Love them all!! 🙂

    • Well thank you, Cathy!! I kind of love them all too…I picked out a few to keep before taking the rest to my shop but I didn’t want to let any go lol! XO

  11. Annie (Canada) says:

    Love your pumpkins, they make me smile 🙂 Shame about that plaid shirt though…I would wear that…lol Your home at Halloween is AMAZING! I can’t wait to see what you come up with this year.

    • Thank you, Annie! Yeah that was a nice plaid shirt…felt a little bad about that one lol. And yay…it’s almost time to unload our Halloween bins from the attic…love setting it all up! XOXO

  12. These are so cute! I haven’t been a fan of the fabric pumpkins, but now I realize it’s the cut-a-circle-of-fabric-and-gather-the-top look I don’t like. Your tube ones are great! That basket of mini “sleeve-kins” is SO cute! I’m so glad I read this before I go thrifting TODAY!!! Woo-hoo!

    • Thanks, Becky!! I actually made a cut-a-circle one last year and it turned out really cute, but the fabric where it gathered on the top was just too bulky. This was much better! Love the term “sleevekins” lol! Hope you found some good sweaters today! XOXO

  13. Martha Rekni says:

    O.M.G. Is there anything you can’t do? Love! Love! Love!

  14. lololo…..that video was the BEST!!!! Soooo Sweet!!! You will have laughs about that for years to come.
    I LOVE those pumpkins!!! My fave is the green plaid ones…..nice mix in!!!
    hey, I want my green valour shirt back!!!
    God Bless!!!

    • He may not have a future in football, but he sure is entertaining lol!! I laughed and laughed over that! Sorry I did that to your shirt he he! XO

  15. These are adorable!!! I’m on my way for that chili!

  16. Marcie Lovett says:

    These are so cute! What a great way to use a sweater that the moths got to.

  17. Love your adorable pumpkins! ….and the video is hilarious!

  18. Christy! These little sweater pumpkins are TOO CUTE!! I love all of them, but the plain white ones are my favorite. It’s been such an honor to join this group of talented ladies for the Fall Home Tour!

  19. I pinned the Paint Saint. What a great idea! Those pumpkins are adorable!

  20. Cindy Downing says:

    Yes i pinned the paint saint!!

  21. girlfromwva says:

    PINNED the image to my PIN TO WIN board! i love your striped-sweater pumpkins! so cute and very festive.

  22. Lori Williams says:

    Pinned image! here is link: I love how creative you are in reusing old clothes. Thank you for sharing. I am not very crafty but am honestly thinking about trying this!

  23. Pinned the image!!! The pumpkins are adorable. I am off to the thrift store as soon as it opens! 😉

  24. Fabulous sweater pumpkins! I’m partial to the white cable knit but they’re all so terrifically creative!!

  25. Mary Kaiser says:

    I thought the video was hilarious. Love the pumpkins. I already have a bunch of sweaters from thrift store, now just to find the time to make them. Went in to view paint saint, what a great idea. I think it is a huge time saver, but seems a little pricey to me. I think I could buy a lot of paint, or thrift store sweaters for that money! Thanks for always providing me with great inspiration.

    • That video was just too funny not to share…not sure my son has a future in football, but he sure makes us laugh! Glad you enjoyed the pumpkins! XO

  26. Jenny Oliver says:

    Your video is adorable, and I love the sweater pumpkins! I love your website – it has inspired me to do so many projects! Pinned the Paint Saint! Keep up the great work!

    • Ha ha glad you enjoyed the video, Jenny…it gave us all a good laugh! Thanks so much for your sweet words…I love to hear that you have found inspiration here. Good luck on the giveaway! XO

  27. Oh my gosh Christy, I almost spit my coffee all over my computer monitor watching that video – too stink’n funny! Your sweater pumpkins are AWESOME – love the stripes and colors. Also picked up some helpful tips on how to improve my sweater pumpkin mak’n. xo

  28. Christy – these are adorable pumpkins & I LOVE your owl ! I particularly love the stems! All about a good stem, right? Thanks so much for sharing with us on the bHome tour!

  29. Love the sweater pumpkins! What a great idea! Gotta get me some sweaters or even plaid shirts!

  30. Love the pumpkins in an un-pumpkin like color!

  31. Love your blog!! I am off to the thrift store for shirts to make some pumpkins. Paint is pinned. Thanks for a chance to win.

  32. Love your pumpkins and the tutorial; love the video of your son—and husband–even more. 🙂 Cheers, Ardith

  33. Debbi Spencer says:

    Hi Christy-I’ll be making your adorable pumpkins next week-thanks! I also pinned the Paint Saint to my Repurpose/Refinish board. Have been following your great projects for abut a year and LOVE it. I also got a great laugh watching your little football practice video. Dad looked very patient with him: I’m with you-it was hilarious!

    • Thank you, Debbi! Those pumpkins were fun to make. And yes, my hubby is very patient with him, but it was such a hoot! Good luck on the giveaway! 🙂

  34. Lisa Brown says:

    Great pumpkins 🙂
    thanks for the chance
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  35. I love your sweater pumpkins!! You’re making me want to raid my closet for old sweaters to use for a few pumpkins of my own!

    • Thanks, Paula! You know I probably have a few sweaters that I could have used, but didn’t even think to check my closet!

  36. Jan Swisher says:

    I pinned the image on my “Furniture Restoration ” Board, so thanks for the opportunity! More importantly, I visited the base thrift shop this morning and picked up a couple of sweaters and a shirt for my “copycat” pumpkins. I am so inspired by your projects. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  37. Christy, These pumpkins are so cute!! Your Halloween decorations are amazing, too!! My 14 year old would love them, she is a big Halloween decorator. Have a great week! XO

    • Thanks, Julie! She really would…we really go nuts on Halloween night, bringing out lots of extras. It is pretty awesome and so much fun! Thanks for stopping by! XO

  38. I pinned the Paint Saint to my Painting Board. That is a great way to save all my leftover custom paint colors!!!

  39. Wow I just love the idea so much, And your finish is really cool, so does your guide. Let’s warm everything for a cozy Fall!

    P.s: Don’t forget to keep yourself warmth as well!

  40. The little pumpkins are so cute! Would you mind sharing how much you sell the little white sweater pumpkins for? You’re prices are a good bit higher than in my area but it gives me some idea.

    • Thank, Kim! I have my extra small ones at $4.95 and they go up from there. 🙂

      • How much of the sleeve length do you cut to make the extra small pumpkins? I didn’t see this anywhere but could have overlooked it. My daughter is throwing away a sweater that will be cute for these.

        • Hi Kim! I got two pumpkins out of one sleeve. I made the first to the size I wanted it, then cut it after stuffing and wrapping a bit with jute, so I don’t have an exact measurement, but that should help. You could just cut the sleeve in half and go from there. 😊

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