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How to Make a Cloth Pumpkin from a Sweater

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A few years ago I posted a tutorial about how to make a very easy-to-sew cloth pumpkin. I wanted to try something a little different this fall, so I made some pumpkins using old sweaters.

sweater pumpkins Like the original tutorial it’s very simple.

Gather your old sweaters. No one in my house wanted to give up their sweaters to my scissors, so I bought some at Salvation Army.

They were actually really nice sweaters. I kind of felt bad cutting them up.

Cut off the top part of the sweater just below the sleeves.

Now if you’re more ambitious than I am and you don’t mind a bit of sewing, you could cut the sleeves off and sew up the holes. That would give you a taller, less squat pumpkin. And what to do with the leftover half? I don’t know. A shrug? A really warm bandu top? Use your imagination. Or just throw it away like I did, because you know you’ll never use it if you save it.

Next sew a running stitch around the cut edge. You need to use something strong like embroidery thread, yarn or even twin. You can purchase large needles made just for yarn. Those work with the twine also.

Then pull both ends of the thread to close the opening.

Now you’re ready to stuff your pumpkin. You can use anything. I used newspaper.

The Wall Street Journal to be exact. My husband gets one in the mail every day, so I had lots of newsprint on hand. It took about one and a half Journals to make a full looking pumpkin. You could, of course, use actual stuffing, but it’s kind of expensive if you need a lot.

Then sew a running stitch around the top of the pumpkin to close it off. On this one I sewed just below where the finished edge of the sweater started. That left a bit of a ruffle on top when I closed it.

For this I used the yarn needle and twine. I tried embroidery thread first, but it broke when I pulled it to close the top.

To add more shape to your pumpkin and create the ribs, wrap twine around the pumpkin eight times, crisscrossing it on the bottom, like tying ribbon around a present.

The tighter you pull the twine the more shape your pumpkin will have.

For the stem I used a stick I found in my yard. If you don’t live somewhere that you can find a stick you could use a dowel cut to the right length. Wrap the stick with twine, and insert in the top of the pumpkin.

So here are my sweater pumpkins.

how to make a sweater pumpkin

I embellished this one with a felt crow I cut out from a pattern I found online. I think this one is my favorite, and most realistic. Well, besides the crow.

sweater pumpkin

And my preppy pumpkin from the argyle sweater:

preppy sweater pumpkinWhat you you think?

Here’s the link to the original tutorial using regular fabric – Tutorial: Make a Cloth Pumpkin

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How to Make a Cloth Pumpkin

Here’s how to make a cloth pumpkin. It’s so easy you can do it in in less than an hour. It makes a great fall or Halloween craft. You could even decorate your Thanksgiving table with a few of these. The best part is that it’s almost no-sew!

How to Make a Fabric Pumpkin

how to make a cloth pumpkin

Choose your fabric. Find a round object to trace. A dinner plate makes a small pumpkin.

Obviously the larger the object, the larger the pumpkin. Cut out your circle.

Sew a running stitch all the way around the edge of the circle. Use something strong, like three or four strands of embroidery floss.

After you’ve stitched completely around the circle place some stuffing in the center of it.

Pull on both ends of the thread to gather the fabric together around the stuffing. Tie the thread to hold the gather together. You can add more stuffing through the hole in the top to fill out the shape.

One you have the shape you want, get some twine. Wrap the twine around the ball four times, criss-crossing like tying a ribbon around a gift. Tie ends to secure. Trim off extra twine.

To make a stem break a small piece off a stick. Insert in the center of the pumpkin. Hot glue to secure.

On a piece of green felt draw a leaf “collar”  that you will insert over the stem to cover the hole on the top.

Cut the leaves out. Cut a slit in the center so that it will slip over the stem.

Place the leaves over the stem. To make vines wrap some floral wire around a pencil.

Pull the wire off the pencil. It will be shaped like a spring.

Make two vines. Wrap them around the stem.

And there’s your fabric pumpkin!

how to make a fabric pumpkin
Looking for another pumpkin project? Here’s how to make a pumpkin from an old sweater.

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Paper Grocery Sack Monster Craft for Kids

We hardly ever get paper grocery sacks these days. In fact the store where we do our shopping most of the time doesn’t even offer them. But one day I went into a small local supermarket to pick up a few things, and was happy to get a couple brown bags to bring my things home in. As soon as my son saw them, he wanted to play with them. He kept putting them on his head (something you can of course never do with those plastic shopping bags) and wearing them around. So I asked him if wanted me to cut holes in one so he could see. Well, it evolved from there. We decorated the sack and created this Brown Bag Monster.