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Sweater Pumpkin TUTORIAL {no-sew!}

Make a sweater pumpkin in a matter of minutes! So easy and they turn out amazing!

Sweater Pumpkin

how to make a sweater pumpkin

Go raid your closet for old sweaters. These adorable textured pumpkins are SO EASY and simple to make! And you should have all the supplies on hand that you’ll need.
*this is a eco-friendly, green craft that requires NO SEWING!*
  • old sweater
  • scissors
  • 2 elastics {ones from your newspaper work great!}
  • plastic bags
  • ribbon, burlap, embellishments
First, cut the stomach section of the sweater off from arm pit to arm pit.
Now take what used to be the stomach section of the sweater and turn it inside out and secure the unfinished sweater edges with an elastic. This is going to be the bottom of your pumpkin. The other side will be your stem, so I recommend using the finished side for that.
turn it right side out.
Next, you’ll fill the tube with plastic bags {or other stuffing}.
Then secure the top with the remaining elastic.
Then tie a short ribbon around the top to hide the elastic and you’re done!! So stinkin easy, huh?
Different sizes of sweaters will make different shapes and sizes of pumpkins. So have some fun!! And if you’re looking for a way to use the sleeves of your sweater, check out my Sweater Flower and Pearl necklace tutorial.

happy {fall}crafting!


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About Linda@CraftaholicsAnonymous

Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When not crafting, I can be found chasing my 2 small {but very energetic!} boys or playing with my new baby girl. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1
    Julie @ My Life...Inspired says:

    What a great idea! Love how cute and easy it is!

  2. 2
    Shayna @ Texas Monkey says:

    Love this, so easy but so adorable!

  3. 3
    Suzanne says:

    I especially love the cable knit sweater you used. So cute!

  4. 4
    Courtney says:

    Love it, Linda! I'd love it if you shared it on my Halloween party linky!


  5. 5
    Wendy Walker Cushing says:

    I love to recycle sweaters for unusual things and this is very cute! I'm going to clean out my closet today! Thanks!!

  6. 6
    Amie says:

    I def need to try this! It's so sleek and chic it can last all the way through Thanksgiving as decor. I love it!

    Amie @ http://kittycatsandairplanes.blogspot.com/

  7. 7
    Kelli @ RTSM says:

    This is such a cute idea! Plus I love decorations that my boys can't accidentally break:)

  8. 8
    Joseph's Grainery Recipes says:

    So stinkin' cute. Found a old black sweater in my consignment pile…think I might tie it with a cute orange ribbon.

  9. 9
    doodypops says:

    LOVE THIS! I have a cool argyle I can use..if I can work up the courage to cut it….

  10. 10
    P says:

    What a great idea!! I'm going digging for old sweaters when I get home.

  11. 11
    Pamela says:

    I LOVE this! I too am a craft-aholic! I am in the process of making a cable knit sweater into a cozy cowl and matching leg warmers :) Just made some white pumpkin crafts here: http://mrsmonaghan.blogspot.com/2010/09/makeover-monday.html

  12. 12
    McKell says:

    SO easy!! i love it Linda :)
    i might have to dig through my bags i'm taking to the DI & grab an old sweater. thanks for sharing, i'll def have to make one too!

  13. 13
    Daphne says:

    This is too cute! I'd like to invite you to link up this awesome project on my "Open Haunted House" linky party on my blog. The second round starts Friday! :)


  14. 14
    Heather {WhipperBerry} says:

    Love, love, love this!! Thanks for sharing.

    Kisses from the WhipperChicks

  15. 15
    Brianna Tuckett says:

    What a fun, easy idea! I think a cool twist on it would be to put poporui (spelling?) in the sacks so that your pumpkin could have some fabulous fall smells :)

  16. 16
    Ash-a-bash says:

    This is one of the coolest ideas ever! Thanks for sharing!

  17. 17
    Jamie VanDyke says:

    What an awesome idea! I'm going to my storage room immediately to look for a sweater!

  18. 18
    Cate says:

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  19. 19
    Lynda@ One Project at a Time says:

    When I saw this, I just knew I had to make one. I just posted about the one I made. Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. 20
    HoosierHomemade says:

    Super cute! Love the white as a different color!
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  21. 21
    Carolina says:

    I love the texture you get from using an old sweater!

    I linked to you over at Pumpkin Week:

  22. 22
    Deb Kennedy says:

    Cute! I came up with a similar idea in 2007 and posted a tutorial on my blog in 2008: http://hummadeedledee.blogspot.com/2008/09/pumpkin-inspiration-tutorial.html

    Mine are a little more work, but they have the 'bumps; of pumpkins… ;0)

  23. 23
    Stefanie Smith Roy says:

    I can see these making some really cute snowmen! Stack ‘em and use some buttons for the face. Cute idea to use the sweater!

  24. 24
    Deborah says:

    This is adorable! I have an old white sweater in my recycle pile right now. I’m going to give this a try. Thanks for posting. Have a great week!