Patty Schaffer is sharing another sweater craft today – Sweater Pumpkins. She made her Sweater Pumpkins from two different orange sweaters, and I love the variations in colors and textures. You might be surprised at how easy it is to find orange sweaters at your local Goodwill or other second-hand store. In fact, since making these Sweater Pumpkins, Patty has purchased more orange sweaters and is making more Sweater Pumpkins to give as gifts this Christmas (and if you’re on Patty’s gift list, please forget that you ever saw this!)
To make a Sweater Pumpkin, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” ball
- Sweater, orange, one per pumpkin
- Pumpkin stem
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; nail scissors; serrated knife and an old candle or bar of soap; wooden skewer; straight pins
To make a Sweater Pumpkin:
1. Cut apart a sweater along the seams. You’ll use the front and back to make the pumpkin.
2. Wax the serrated knife with an old candle or a bar of soap. Trim the top of the foam ball to shape it like a pumpkin. Press the foam ball on a tabletop to flatten the bottom so it will stand.
3. Using the wooden skewer, score lines on the pumpkin to create the pumpkin sections. Make them uneven widths, just like on a real pumpkin.
4. Cut sections from the sweater material to correspond to the sections on the pumpkin; add a little extra a;l around for the “seam”. The sweater stretches, so you don’t have to be exact.
5. Working with one section at a time, center a section over the corresponding segment on the pumpkin. Using the bamboo skewer, insert the sweater down into the grooves and pin in place. Push the pins in deep to hide them in the grooves. If there’s too much sweater fabric, carefully trim away the excess using small nail scissors. If your sweater has ribs, keep an eye on the pattern to keep it straight. Repeat, till each pumpkin segment is covered.
6. Glue a pumpkin stem on to the top.