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:
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:
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.
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:
- Cut fabric into strips. I love my rotary cutter and straight edge for easy cutting.
- Place right sides together and sew strips.
- 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.)
- Gather bottom edge and secure with embroidery thread.
- Add polyfil. (Add popcorn kernels first to weight the bottom if you have a taller pumpkin.)
- Tie the top with embroidery thread.
- 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.
- Bring up and down through the top right near where it is tied off at the top.
- Pull out of the bottom and pull taught. Secure with a knot, then continue to create the next indention, and so forth.
- 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.
- Apply hot glue to the flat surface on the top of the stem, and coil the jute from the outside in.
Of course I couldn’t let anything go to waste. I used the sleeves to make several smaller pumpkins…
No machine required…just start at step four above to make these!
I found a nice plaid Eddie Bauer shirt as well. People donate good stuff! Then people like me buy it and cut it up.
I made enough pumpkins to put several in my shop, so if you’re local, I’ll be dropping them off tomorrow!
I love sweater pumpkins but last year I also made a sweater owl:
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…
And the hutch…
I love how these blend perfectly with my Fall color palette.
See seven more budget-friendly neutral Fall décor projects here:
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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:
UPDATE: See what it looks like now HERE! 🙂
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