Monday, October 21, 2013

Sweater Pumpkins

 Good morning ! Today I am sharing my sweater pumpkins ! I made some last year that you can see here .. I wanted some cream colored sweater pumpkins , so I went to the Good Will and got a cream colored sweater. You can make a lot of pumpkins from one sweater.
 I saw the aqua sweater and knew I needed some aqua pumpkins too.. To make them you need some sticks from the yard , or real dried out pumpkin stems, the sweaters, stuffing, some thin wire and twine..and a hot glue gun ..I use a big sewing needle and heavy duty thread.
 You can see where I cut the sleeves into pieces .. each of those becomes a pumpkin..
 
Both of these sweaters had necks that I used too, for a pumpkin.. for the blue one I buttoned it up and just used it like that , so that pumpkin has buttons down one side.
 I got 4 out of 1 sleeve..Last year when I made them I used the whole body of the sweater to make bigger pumpkins.. This time I cut the body into 4 pieces and just sewed a side seam on each of those pieces... the more detail and cables on a sweater makes for cuter pumpkins..

To make a pumpkin , take one of the sleeve pieces , turn inside out..gather the bottom up with needle and thread...
Turn right side out , stuff as full as you want ..Then use your needle and thread to gather the top. before you pull your thread tight , place a piece of branch in the top for the stem. after you gather it and have it sewn shut , you can use hot glue to secure it. I took my needle and make the little indentations on the pumpkin by wrapping the thread around in three different places..  The you can add your little curly cue or leaves with hot glue.
 For the little curly cues , I took wire , put some hot glue on it , then wrapped it in thin jute. I then took the wire and wrapped it around a glue stick to get the curly shape.I added book page leaves to the ends , which I think I am going to change out to burlap.


 You can see in this photo how the thread is used to sculpt the pumpkin.
 I think they are so cute , and if you have sweaters in your closet that you can use that makes it even better :)


 The little blue one with buttons is below , also the white one I made a leaf from some sweater scraps I cut off.
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18 comments:

Barbara F. said...

These are beautiful. Love your fall vignettes, so pretty. xo

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

Your home is gorgeous and those sweater pumpkins divine!

Eilis said...

Your table looks great and I love your tutorial. I hope you'll come share it at my Fall Pinterest Link Up: http://my-heart-lives-here.blogspot.com/2013/10/fall-pinterest-link-up.html

Barb said...

What a great way to get some very pretty cream pumpkins!

Kris said...

Hi Priscilla. I have been wanting to do this and looking for sweaters at GW. I may try a couple this week. Love yours. The cables are great!!!
xo Kris

Debbiedoos said...

So cozy, so cute!

Leslie Stewart said...

Thanks so much for sharing at the Twirl & take a bow party! Love the sweater pumpkins!
Leslie
House on the Way

Jann Olson said...

Priscilla, I love the sweater pumpkins. Thought I would make some last year, but haven't yet. Love your beautiful vignette in the basket! So happy that you will link this to SYC.
hugs,
Jann

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love the sweater pumpkins and yours are especially stunning. Great vignettes. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs. Marty

Julie Corbisiero said...

Hi and wow how creative of you to use a sweater to make your pumpkins! I will have to remember this and try to make some for next year! TFS, and I saw it on share your cup!
Julie at julieslifestyle.blogspot.com

Jeannie Marie said...

Those sweater pumpkins are so cute and look so easy to make. What a great treasure for Treasure Hunt Thursday!

Sarah said...

Your sweater pumpkins are adorable. Thanks for the great tutorial.

lynn cockrell said...

What a great way to put those old sweaters to a great new use, Priscilla! The colors are wonderful, too. Thanks for sharing your talents with us in Blogland!!!

Tanya said...

Love this idea! How cute! Pinning this.

Lorraine said...

Oh, I just love these, thanks for the tutorial! Now I'm bemoaning all the sweaters I have given away! Happy Fabulous Friday! ~Lorraine

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

So pretty! I love the soft texture!

AshTreeCottage said...

Adorable! I have not made any of these, but you inspired me to give it a try.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

The Tablescaper said...

I so love the sweaters.

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