Hello lovelies! It’s the perfect time to share how easy it is to make your own DIY sweater Pumpkins!
The thrift stores all have their sweaters out by now, and they should have a few candidates that are perfect for sweater pumpkins!
I found these four at my local thrift store:
These all made for super cute sweater pumpkins!
And if you only use sleeves of the sweaters, it makes this project totally NO SEW!
What was so great about the chunky ivory sweater was that 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 these sweater pumpkins from the sleeves of sweaters. You can get four pumpkins out of one sweater if you are only using the sleeves.
Those were last year’s pumpkins, and I’m resharing that video!
Here is how I make DIY Sweater Pumpkins using just the Sleeves:
If you have trouble viewing, find it on YouTube HERE.
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!
And here is how I get even more out of the rest of the sweater!
I’ve been asked several times what I do with the rest of the sweater, so today, I’m showing 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, and you can follow the instructions in the video!
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!
And there’s Lyla….my little shadow, always lounging nearby…
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!
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: See how this little table looks now HERE!
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