The Summertime Snowman Series finale: A DIY, Sweater Pumpkin Snowman!

I’m wrapping up the Summertime Snowman Series today with a Sweater Pumpkin Snowman – the perfect decoration for fall! Honestly, I’m glad this too hot and too dry summer is almost over, and I’m looking forward to celebrating fall with cooler weather, favorite sweaters and colorful pumpkins. Just like this Pumpkin Man dressed in beautiful orange sweaters with lots of gorgeous texture. Who said snowmen are just for wintertime?

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Sweater Pumpkin Snowman by Patty Schaffer

When Patty Schaffer designed this Sweater Pumpkin Snowman, she was inspired by the Sweater Pumpkins she made a while back.

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

Sweater Pumpkins by Patty Schaffer

After making her pumpkins, she had enough scraps leftover to make a Pumpkin Orange Sweater Wreath.

Such a cozy wreath! The Styrofoam wreath is covered in sleeves from a repurposed sweater! Check out those fabric & burlap roses, too.

Pumpkin Orange Sweater Wreath by Patty Schaffer

With still more scraps on hand, Patty picked up a few more orange sweaters at her local Goodwill store, and went to town. She made one, and then an army of Sweater Pumpkin Snowmen to give as gifts. Don’t you wish you were on her gift list?


Patty made eight Sweater Pumpkin Snowmen to give as gifts!

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Patty found all of her orange sweaters at a local Goodwill store – score!

Fortunately, Patty shared her tutorial to make these Sweater Pumpkin Snowmen, and here you go.

To make a Sweater Pumpkin Snowman, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: On each 6”, 5” and 4” balls
  • Old sweaters (Patty used three in different shades of orange, and she found them at her local Goodwill store)
  • Pumpkin stems
  • Buttons:
    • Two black for eyes
    • Five assorted for the snowman’s front
  • Wire, 20-gauge
  • Tree branches, two (arms)
  • Linen fabric, 2” x 24” strip (scarf)
  • Small faux birds, two
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife & bar of soap or old candle; straight pins; butter knife; bamboo skewer
Perfect for my snowman collection -- a Sweater Pumpkin Snowman!

Snowmen don’t have to be snowy white, right?

To make a Sweater Pumpkin Snowman:

1. Cut apart an orange knit sweater along the seams.

2. Wax the serrated knife with an old candle or a bar of soap. Cut a small slice from the top and bottom of each foam ball. Using your fingers, shape the top of each ball to curve it like a real pumpkin.

3. Use the bamboo skewer to draw the pumpkin sections on each foam ball. Make the sections uneven widths, just like on a real pumpkin.

4. Cut out sections of the sweater fabric to fit each pumpkin section. Cut the sections just slightly larger so you have a small seam allowance all around. Note: If your sweater is ribbed or has cables, cut your fabric pieces accordingly.

5. Cover each section with sweater fabric, working one section at a time:

  • Center the fabric over the corresponding grooved section.
  • Using the butter knife, insert the sweater fabric down into the grooves, tucking in one side, and then the other.
  • If needed, use pins to help hold the fabric in the grooves. Push pins deep into the groove so they’re hidden.
  • Carefully trim away excess fabric.
  • Repeat till all sections are covered.
  • Repeat to cover the other two balls.

6. Test fit the pumpkins to be sure they stack neatly. If needed, press a top or bottom to help them fit together snugly. When you are satisfied with how they stack together, insert and glue 3” lengths of bamboo skewers between the pumpkins. Add hot glue to the top of the bottom and middle pumpkins before pressing them together. Let set up and dry.

7. Shape a 2” length of wire into a “U”, and insert the wire through the holes in an eye button. Pin the button to the pumpkin face. Repeat for the second eye.

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Make small “U” pins from wire to attach the button eyes and wire mouth.

8. Shape a mouth from the wire, and secure to the pumpkin’s head using several “U” shaped pieces of wire.

9. Tie the strip of linen around the neck to make a scarf. If you like, fray the edges for a primitive look.

10. Glue five accent buttons down the front of the pumpkin man.

How to embellish a DIY Pumpkin Sweater Snowman.

The mismatched buttons add a lot of charm.

11. Gently insert a branch arm on either side of the middle ball.

12. Glue a pumpkin stem to the top.

13. Glue black birds to one arm and the head.

Perfect for my snowman collection -- a Sweater Pumpkin Snowman!

If you’d rather, dress him in white or off-white sweaters for a wintertime snowman.

If you or someone you know has a snowman collection, you’ll want to add this one, for sure! Of course, if you’re looking to DIY a more traditional snowman, here are the other snowmen featured in the Summertime Snowman Series. has the best Snowman Crafts!

Sweet, Sock Snowman

Snow Angel

JOYful Snowman

Needle-Felted Snowman Ornament

Glittering Snowman Ornament

Ski Bum Snowman

Frosty Snowman Family

Soft & Pearly Snowman

Rustic, Twine Snowman 

Do you have a favorite snowman from the Summertime Snowman Series? Did you make one of these cuties?

Who else is ready for fall? I am gearing up for more pumpkin fun here on Crafts ‘n Coffee!

Happy crafting!


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19 Responses to The Summertime Snowman Series finale: A DIY, Sweater Pumpkin Snowman!

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  2. Heidi says:

    This is so cute! Love the idea of using sweaters and that snowman’s face!

  3. Angie Dyer says:

    What fun ideas! Love it when you are so good to us. While I am not able to be as creative coming up with these ideas, I am able to follow your easy instructions to make a copy. It is fun to add my favorite little touches to then make it ‘mine!’ Thank you!

    • Sharon says:

      You are creative, Angie, when you add your own special touches! I agree with you, however, that there are those “designers”, like Patty, Kathleen, and Rebekah, who have a vision and can make it happen. And I am honored that they share their crafts with us. What could be more fun? Happy crafting! Sharon

  4. CraftyB says:

    Makes me think of pumpkin pie and fall – considering the temperatures here, that’s a good thing! I think I’ll chill out and do some pumpkin crafting, thanks for the suggestion.

    • Sharon says:

      Glad we can help you chill out! Has it been a hot, dry summer there, too? Let’s hope we see fall weather soon! Happy snowman crafting! Sharon

  5. Patty says:

    Yea!!!!!! It’s nice to finally see him!

  6. Anne Haun says:

    Thanks for the great snowman series.

  7. LisaM6 says:

    Love the pumpkin men. I have a lot of these guys on my to make list! ❤️☃

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 I don’t think I’ve ever met a snowmen I didn’t like, how about you, Lisa? I’m glad you liked this cute, and you’re adding him to the looong, DIY list. At least you can make these snowmen when you’re inside and sipping cocoa! Sharon

  8. This is so adorable! You could change the sweater color for different holidays and have a snowman for all seasons! Pastels for Spring/Easter. Red/White/Blue for Summer/4th of July, Orange for Fall/Thanksgiving, white/blue for Christmas/Winter! So many great ways to change them up to fit any occasion! I will miss this series till next year but am so glad that I can come back whenever I want and see them again! ❤

    • Sharon says:

      Aww, just think of the accessories, like bunny ears for Easter (it’s all about the accessories, right?). I’m glad you enjoyed the Summertime Snowmen, it’s been so much fun for me, too. Snowmen are always in season, right? Happy crafting, Barb. Sharon

  9. I absolutely adore this snowman! Thank you for sharing the tutorial! I pinned it and tweeted it! Have a fantastic creative day!

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