Sweater Sleeve Pumpkins

5 Materials
30 Minutes

Don't take those sweaters to the thrift store! Turn them into adorable pumpkins in just minutes! This project is fun, easy, affordable and highly addicting! You can create an entire pumpkin patch for very little money!

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I LOVE making pumpkins! You may also be interested in my tutorials for drop cloth pumpkins, dollar store antiqued pumpkins and easy 2x4 porch pumpkins.

Gather your supplies

You'll need very basic supplies:

  • old sweater sleeves
  • a bag of dried beans
  • 2 rubber bands per pumpkin
  • fiberfill stuffing
  • jute twine
  • scissors
  • craft felt (optional)
  • hot glue (optional)

If you want to make leaves for your pumpkins, you'll also need craft felt and a hot glue gun.

Cut sleeves from old sweaters

You simply cut the sleeves off, each sleeve will make one pumpkin. Turn sleeve inside out, and tie one end tightly with a rubber band. Turn right side out. Then you'll fill with dried beans and stuffing and tie off the top with another rubber band.

Make pumpkin stem

Create a bendable stem by wrapping jute cord tightly around the rubber band and continuing it up around the end of the sleeve. Cutting some of the bulk from the sleeve first will be helpful.

Bonus steps

To make your pumpkins even cuter, use yarn to create segments! This adds a lifelike look and helps the pumpkins to sit better, but it's totally optional! You can also cut out leaves from felt and glue them to the base of your stem.

For the full tutorial, tips for success and step by step directions, please visit my blog at the link below.

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  • Debbie H
    Debbie H
    on Oct 2, 2020

    These are so stinking cute. What a great idea thanks for sharing it with all of us🎃😄👎

  • Laura
    on Oct 5, 2020

    You inspired me! It is rather addictive!

    Thanks for posting!

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