October Craft Room De-stash: Sweater Pumpkins

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My craft stash just seems to keep growing so I joined this facebook group to inspire myself to de-stash.  For October I’m going to make some pumpkins from an old sweater and various items from my stash to create stems. Everything I need is in for my sweater pumpkins is in my stash.

List of supplies includes:

  • White sweater with sleeves and banding cut off
  • Dried Pumpkin Stem
  • Wood
  • Twine
  • Rubber Bands
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Craft Sweater Pumpkin No. One

Take one of the sleeves and roll it down from top of the sleeve until you have just enough sweater fabric to pull back over the roll leaving enough fabric to pull up into a neck.  After rolling a short piece of sweater banding into a stem, place it in the top of the pumpkin.

Then secure the stem and the excess fabric to form a neck with a rubber band.  Finish the pumpkin by tying a piece of twine around the neck covering the rubber ban.

Craft Sweater Pumpkin No. Two

Follow directions for Pumpkin No. One up to the point of adding a stem.  For this pumpkin use a real pumpkin stem dried from a previous season’s pumpkin (I dried several from last year’s crop).

Place the stem into the neck formed and secure it with a rubber band.  This pumpkin lacked shape so I placed a styrofoam ball inside.  Don’t forget to tie on some twine to hide the rubber band.

Craft Sweater Pumpkin No. Three

For this pumpkin cut a circle from the body of the sweater.  Then take the circle and place a spool of crochet thread in the center,  Tuck the sweater fabric into the hole at the top of the spool until achieving a pumpkin shape.

Place a craft wood log into the hole at the top to serve as a stem.


Note:  I ended up not using glue but I’m leaving it on the list because I may end up doing a bit of gluing to be sure these little guys stay stable.


Here are all three of my lovelies in the dough bowl I passed on then went back and bought.  Read about it here.

I’ll be making a few more of Pumpkin No. Three because I have a ton of crochet thread that I found and shared with you in Vintage Fascination No. 135.

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  1. How pretty! I love all three options. There happens to be a cream sweater in my stash, too, that would be perfect for these charming pumpkins! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  2. These are so cute! I love all three looks! I need to try making some!

  3. These are so cute, Sharon and I love the stems you used 😉

  4. Very cute! Love the pumpkin with the sweater stem. Visiting from Dagmar’s House.

  5. I like that you used a white sweater. It is very pretty. I like the one with the sweater stem the best.

  6. I love sweater pumpkins and pillows. I want to make some so badly. I have yet to get my old sweaters out and do it. Thanks for the inspiration. These are adorable!

  7. I just love the fabric pumpkins and all of the variations we all create. Yours are so warm and cozy looking. My favorite version is number 2. I like the ruffle. But all 3 are so special.

  8. What a cute idea!

  9. Too cute! Great way to destash the sweaters! Happy Fall!

  10. Loved your variations on a theme. My sweater was a mid-green cable and toned nicely with some prints that I used for other pumpkins. My favorite embellishments so far are a jute bow ended with small colored leaves or Dollar Tree acorns (no oaks in my yard!) ! I have used leaves and a small sunflower, plastic tendrils from a spray of silk grape leaves, raffia bows in fall colors, and lichen covered dead sticks cut with my loppers! I used thick ivy stems for a lot of mine; they had their own tendrils! Silk grape leaves and maple leaves look a lot like pumpkin leaves to me and add another color to the mix. My plain orange twinset pumpkins needed to be sectioned off with embroidery floss or jute to give them some character. I will have a bushel of them when I’m done (for relatives, booth, and church bazaar) and de-stashed most of my stuffing!

  11. Jann Olson says:

    Sweater pumpkins are so fun and yours turned out really cute! Thanks for sharing them with SYC.

  12. Lauren Becker says:

    Oh, how cute! You did a great job on all three of these. I really like the sweater look.


  13. They are so pretty! I need to find the time to make some for my home, too. I think I may have a sweater or two in my crazy crafting stash, lol.

  14. Love these sweater pumpkins! I like that you used creamy white sweaters, too. Makes for a fresh farmhouse look. Love it!

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