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15 September, 2012

Easy Sweater Pumpkins

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I am so excited about my latest project…easy-to-make and inexpensive sweater pumpkins! I have been seeing versions of these in blogland, but a recent trip to the Dollar Store and Goodwill sealed the deal for me…I knew I had to make my own!

supplies Here’s all you need…an old sweater, a faux pumpkin and some jute twine…that’s it! If you like, you may also add leaves made from old book pages.

KittyThe sweater came from Goodwill for about $4.00. It seems that Kitty approves of the color as much as I do! Hey…she’s sporting black…the other half of the Halloween colors, after all! A cable knit seems to work best for me. I just like the look.

Sweater Pumpkin Tutorial 1. Start with a faux pumpkin…mine came from Dollar Tree...and carve out the stem. You will not need it since you are making your own.
2. Slide the pumpkin into the sleeve of the sweater from the inside, position it just below the ribbing and tie it off with jute twine. Leave the ball of twine attached.
3. Starting at the bottom, wind the twine around the sleeve, tightening it as you go. Wind all the way to the end of the sleeve and then go back down. Secure by tying the ends and cut them off.
4. Make the tendrils by coating some of the twine with Mod Podge and wrapping it around pencils. Secure it on one end with straight pins through the erasers. Leave the tendrils attached to each other as one long piece of twine since you will be tying them around the stem. Let them dry 15 or 20 minutes or so and then slip the pencils out. Reshape them if needed and let them finish drying. Don't let them dry completely on the pencils or they will stick!
5. (Not Pictured) Cut the sleeve away at the bottom of the pumpkin and sew closed by first using a gathering stitch, pulling the ends together as you go, and then securing with a few more stitches. This part is not going to show since it will be on the bottom.

pumpkins2 Tie the tendrils around the stem and adjust the curls if needed.

Sweater pumpkin with Book Page Leaf If you like, add leaves cut from an old book page. Mine was an old dictionary, so little “veins” were already in the middle.

Sweater Pumpkins And that’s it! So far I have made two, but I have a feeling that more sweater pumpkins are in my future!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my project! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday

Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

A Stroll thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up! on Tuesdays

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
DIY by Design for Fall into Fall

Thrifty Decor Chick for the Easy Fall Decor Party   
The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays

Stone Gable for Tutorials. Tips and Tidbits on Thursdays
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday 

2805 for Potpourri Friday
At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday

Craftberry Bush for Happy Hour on Saturdays
Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
Debbiedoo's Power of Pinterest Party on Saturdays 
Debbiedoo's  Pimp Your Pumpkin Party
The Everyday Home for the "Better Late than Never" Fall Party 
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80 comments:

  1. Complimenti!!! Zucche molto furbe e divertenti!!!
    baci Lieta

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  2. Oh Debbie, I really like this idea. You always come up with the cutest DIY ideas.

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  3. wow,yours is beautiful.

    I have all those items so maybe I can have a few by tonight for my sofa table.. you are such a sweetie to give instructions.

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  4. Excellent Debbie!
    Now I just need to find me an orange sweater with ribs!
    Happy Weekend,
    Cindy

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  5. Oh my gosh Debbie I love them!! They look super cute!

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  6. Your pumpkins are precious!!! Love the sweater color, too! So glad you gave a tutorial! I think I'm the last in blogland to make sweater pumpkins, and now I'll know just how to do it! :) The book page leaves were such a beautiful and unique touch!

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  7. That's brilliant Debbie, using the DT pumpkin -- no stuffing! Thanks for a great tutorial!
    xo, Andrea

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  8. Love it. They look fabulous. I like the paper leaf too. How fun. Hugs, Marty

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  9. I've been wanting to try this project, so think I'll add a couple of stops to today's list. ;-) Hope I can find an orange sweater..........Sarah

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  10. Love!!! What a great color and easy enough that I think I could do this!!
    hugs, Linda

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  11. This is so very adorable. The color of that sweater could not be more perfect! I am on the hunt now!!

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  12. Great pumpkin and tutorial. It looks so festive and I think it is very pretty.

    Cynthia

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  13. I can't get enough of these sweater pumpkins and I love your added touch of the paper leaf. So cozy!!

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original linky party is open.

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  14. Best tutorial I've seen on this and the cutest! Love the bookpage leaf!!!

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  15. Oh My Gosh! The sweater pumpkins are just adorable. I love your thrifty idea. Question: How do you get those darling cats to pose for the photos? I love your cats in the blog. What a hoot to have cute pets to entertain you. I just might make some of these pumpkins too.
    xo
    Betty

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  16. Thanks, Betty! I am so glad you like them...fun and easy to make! As for my staff, they are HAMS and come running when I get out the camera! lol Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

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  17. How do you find an orange cable knit sweater? That may be the hardest part of the tutorial.

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  18. You did a great job! Pictures are wonderful, too. I'm gonna do this!

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  19. This is so cute! I have got to try this....in my spare time of packing and moving:):) Love the color, perfect! XO, Pinky

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  20. Love your sweater pumpkin, Debbie! The jute tendrils make it perfect. Good job! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  21. That is inspired! I bow down to your brilliance!

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  22. Love the pumpkin! It is so cute. Like the addition of the paper leaf. Nice touch. Thank you for sharing your wonderful tutorial.

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  23. This idea is great! I love pumpkins for fall decorating.
    Your blog is fantastic. The
    photography is excellent!

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  24. Another clever idea , Debbie! I don't think sweater pumpkins will go out of style for a while. :-)

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  25. Too cute, Debbie! You make it look so easy - love it! Linda

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  26. LOVE THEM! and thank you SO MUCH for the instruction! I think I would have an AWFUL HARD TIME cutting up that sweater though(that would be SO HARD)...
    Have a fun weekend,
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  27. These are so adorable!! I'm almost tempted to cut up my favorite orange cable knit sweater!! I think a trip to our local Goodwill is definitely in order.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  28. So, so cute! Thanks for the tutorial -- I've been thinking about trying this idea, and you provided the how-to!

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  29. Debbie,
    NOW, how cute is that little sweater pumpkin???...and did I see and read correctly...NO SEWING INVOLVED??? Kitty is precious. Thanks for sharing her in contrast to the sweater palette...truly a great Halloween mix!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  30. Thanks, Pat! Actually, a little bit of hand-stitching to close off the bottom is all that is needed! They were really easy and fun to make! Thanks for your sweet comments...hugs...Debbie

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  31. These are gorgeous; thanks for sharing the tut'! :)

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  32. I LOVE these pumpkins, they turned out fantastic! Pinning this one for keeps ;) Visiting from Coastal Charm link party and now following you GFC!

    -Fotini { http://glamorousbride.blogspot.com }

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  33. these are adorable! Now I am on the hunt for a fall sweater in an orange color!

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  34. Beautiful idea!But the kitty needs the sweater for its own!

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  35. The sweater pumpkins are so cozy and autumnal--also glad to see that Kitty approves of them, or at least the sweater part of the project!

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  36. I love LOVE this pumpkin sweater! And the cat is adorable, too!

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  37. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing it. Glad Kitty approves too!
    Rose H
    x

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  38. Your sweater pumpkins are adorable! Kitty seems to approve!

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  39. Debbie, those are so cute and you always have the best assistants.

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  40. I have an old red sweater that accidentally made it into the dryer and shrunk. I hope I can come up with a project that is as awesome as yours.

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  41. Love them!
    Thanks so much for sharing the instructions.
    Tam

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  42. Good Grief! I think even I can do this one! heading to Goodwill next week to pick up a couple sweaters to give it a go!

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  43. I love these! I have been wanting to make some sweater pumpkins but this is the easiest tutorial I have seen... thank you for sharing! I may dig through my collection of old clothes and see if I can find a sweater. :-)

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  44. Beautiful inspiration! Thank you fro sharing your project at Potpourri Friday!

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  45. These pumpkins are too cute! I love this idea! Found you through 2805 linky party and am your newest GFC follower.
    Tuula :)

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  46. This is just too adorable. I've pinned it, tweeted it and posted on Facebook! Have a lovely weekend ~ Ann

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  47. These are absolutely adorable! Who Knew! So festive and fun thank you so much for sharing these:) Deidre~

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  48. I can;t wait to make this! What a fun and very festive pumpkin! YOur Tutorial is so easy to follow! Thanks for stopping by TUTORIAL TIPS AND TIDBITS and sharing one of the cutest pumpkins I have ever seen!

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  49. Love these little sweater pumpkins! Especially love that you found an orange sweater! going to be on the lookout for an old orange sweater! Thanks for sharing!! :) I came over from Craftberry Bush Happy Hour. This is my first linky party...so much fun :)

    Blessings - Sara

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  50. Super cute! I especially love your little touches with the stem and leaf!

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  51. Just so dreamy...always with your golden touch...xo

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  52. The little tendrils and the leaves are just the right touch!

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  53. These are so cute and comfy, perfect for the Autumn chill!

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  54. These are darling! What a great idea! Now I'm going to dig through my closet for some old sweaters :)

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  55. That is the most adorable sweater pumpkin yet! Thank you for joining HSH!
    Sherry

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  56. That is so adorable! I'm in love ... and thanks for the detailed tutorial too!

    :)

    Linda

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  57. I love what a simple but fantastic idea this is! Thanks for sharing!

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  58. This is adorable! I'm featuring it on my Saturday favs so stop by for a visit-Have a great weekend! Claire

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  59. I love it! Simplest sweater pumpkin ever. I love the mod podged jute for the vine too. Foudn you through Thrifty Decor Chick link party. xoxo

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  60. I don't know how I missed this fabulous idea, i want one in blue and one in white and one in green!! Love this!! I had to pin it!! You creative lady!!!!! xo Kathysue

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  61. Absolutely love your sweater pumpkins, they are just too cute! I did some pumpkins using the same Dollar Tree ones, only I painted them. Now, I think that I should look for an orange sweater next time I'm out and about. Thanks so much for the tutorial, hopefully will come in useful if I find a sweater.

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  62. Nice idea .I made a similar but more difficult !
    So sweet your pumpkin !
    Olympia

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  63. New fan here! I found you through Cowgirl Up! I hope you'll come share this neat idea at my Blog Fest: http://fresh-eggs-daily.blogspot.com/2012/10/farm-girl-blog-fest-3.html

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  64. I love these! I'm totally trying this as soon as I can find an orange ribbed sweater that needs repurposing! Thanks for the awesome blog -- you're a real pro!

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  65. Simply adorable. I will be on the lookout for orange sweaters at the thrift store now!

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  66. Cute. cute, cute...love the addition of the book page leaf too :) Laurel

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  67. So adorable! Do your assistants think the pumpkins are for them? Gotta find an orange sweater. I can just see all the Goodwill stores having a run on orange sweaters. LOL

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  68. Hi, thank you for this fantastic tutorial !! I love those cute pumpkins and I have just featured them on my blog: http://www.thatcutelittlecake.com

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie

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