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?
When Patty Schaffer designed this Sweater Pumpkin Snowman, she was inspired by the Sweater Pumpkins she made a while back.
After making her pumpkins, she had enough scraps leftover to make a Pumpkin Orange Sweater Wreath.
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?
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
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!