Hello lovelies, and hello to the first day of September!! Can you believe it? I have no idea where the summer went!
Today I’m back sharing what I did with these sweaters I found while thrifting recently:
A few of you knew right away what my plans for these sweaters were.
If you guessed sweater pumpkins, you guessed right!!
The chunky ivory sweater was awesome because it had two great patterns in the same sweater. You can see them both here…
It had a fabulous cable knit on the front and this ribbed look on the back that was perfect for a sweater pumpkin!
But my favorite had to be the amazing fuzzy aqua sweater I found:
About this time last year, I shared a video tutorial for how I make sweater pumpkins from the sleeves of sweaters. You can get four pumpkins out of one sweater if you are only using the sleeves.
Using the sleeves makes this project totally NO SEW:
Those were last year’s pumpkins.
Today, I’m resharing my video tutorial for this fun fall project because it is super simple, and now is the perfect time to visit your local thrift store and start looking for sweaters!
You can skip right to the video a little further down if you want to see how you can easily make adorable pumpkins from only the sleeves.
However, I’ve been asked several times what I do with the rest of the sweater, so today, I’ll show you how can you can get even more pumpkins out of the rest of the sweater! It does require sewing a straight line, but you can do this either with a machine or by hand.
Here is what was left of a sparkly sweater that lost its sleeves to pumpkins last year:
At the time I didn’t feel like dragging out my machine, so I only used the sleeves and stashed away the rest.
- I cut straight across under the arms:
- Then with the lower piece, I cut the side seam off either side and tossed it.
- I then cut each remaining panel down the center, top to bottom. That left me with four panels.
- From there, I just folded each panel in half lengthwise with right sides of the fabric together:
- I used my machine to run a quick straight stitch on along the open edge to create a “sleeve”.
And I also did that for three more sweaters I had leftover from last year:
Now it looks like a bunch of sleeves!
You can now follow the video tutorial I made last year where I shared how to turn sweater sleeves into the cutest sweater pumpkins you ever did see!
If you have trouble viewing, find it on YouTube HERE.
Pretty simple, right? It really is! A great weekend project!
You can even dig through your closet for sweaters you no longer love instead of going to the thrift store.
Here are all the pumpkins I was able to get out of that one chunky knit sweater by using almost the whole sweater:
I was able to get eight super cute pumpkins from one sweater! I’d say that was $5 well spent!
I make sweater pumpkins for my booth every year. I don’t do much seasonal business, but I always sell out of my sweater pumpkins!
A few of you have asked about Lyla. She’s my little shadow, always lounging nearby…
And she is doing great!
I also picked up this cozy sweater last minute and made a few from it as well:
And here’s what’s left of that blue sweater:
Hmmm…I’m not sure there’s too much more I can do with it!
I hope you enjoyed seeing this tutorial again!
If you want to see more pumpkins, I shared how I used these fabrics to make pumpkins very similarly, only a bit larger:
You can see them HERE.
I’ll be back on Thursday sharing what I did with this sewing machine table:
See ya then!
UPDATE: Se how this little table looks now HERE!
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