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10 August, 2018

Easy Sweater Pumpkins...A Feature and a How-To Just for You!

Is it too soon to start thinking about fall? Not if you like to make your own decorations like me! And have I got a fun surprise for you...one of my favorites is featured in Country Sampler magazine's Autumn Decorating issue! It's my super easy sweater pumpkins! I am so excited! And just in case you would like to make your own, I am sharing the instructions!



I can't wait to show you 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!

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1 comment:

  1. Debbie,
    Congratulations on the magazine feature. Your projects are always so cute and so professional looking! Plus, you have easy-to-follow directions for creating our own versions.

    Judith

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