A Patch of Sweater Pumpkins made with old orange sweaters

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!)

Here's a use for an old sweater: Make a sweater pumpkin. Love the real pumpkin stems.

Sweater Pumpkins by Patty Schaffer.

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.

Turn these sweaters into a patch of pumpkins with the tutorial for Sweater Pumpkins on Crafts 'n Coffee.

Raid your own closet, or visit a second-hand store to pick up a few orange sweaters.

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.

Detail from DIY Sweater Pumpkins. CraftsnCoffee.com

If your sweater is cabled or ribbed, try to keep the pattern straight as you tuck in the sections.

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.

Love these Orange Sweater Pumpkins! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Top off each pumpkin with a real pumpkin stem.

6. Glue a pumpkin stem on to the top.

If you’re wondering what you’ll make with the leftover sweater sleeves, be sure to tune in tomorrow. CraftsnCoffee.com has a gorgeous collection of fall crafts made with old sweaters. Don't miss these little lovelies!

Happy crafting.


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15 Responses to A Patch of Sweater Pumpkins made with old orange sweaters

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  2. I love your pumpkins. I have been making pumpkins a lot lately but my problem is where do you get your stems?

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks so much for stopping in. I’ve purchased stems online via etsy, ebay and Amazon. I’ve also found them in the big boxes of pumpkins you’ll find on display at the big-box stores — the stems sometime separate from the pumpkins. I also look for clearance pumpkins after the holidays, and purchase them just for saving the stems. And finally, I now know to save my own stems from my pumpkins! Let me know how your pumpkins turn out. Happy crafting! Sharon

  3. Alice says:

    Love all of them!

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  6. LisaM6 says:

    Those are great. makes me wish I had kept my oldest daughters sweater.
    Great tut!

    • Sharon says:

      Isn’t that how it goes — the minute you get rid of something, you suddenly need it again! Fortunately, orange sweaters were popular a few years ago and pretty easy to find in second-hand stores. Happy crafting! Sharon

  7. mummsie says:

    I am enjoying all your fall creations. What will you think of next?? Hmmmm

  8. Barb Grable says:

    Where can you find the pumpkin stems? Is there a way to make the stems out of something else.

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Barb, Patty found hers at a local garden center, so you might check in there. You can also buy them on etsy. Good luck with your search, and be sure to share a photo of your sweater pumpkins. I’d love to see them. Sharon

  9. Patty S says:

    Out of all the projects that I’ve designed for you I think this is my favorite. LOVE THEM!!!!

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