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How To Make a Sweater Pumpkin

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How To Make a Sweater Pumpkin

Another idea for up-cycling those sweaters. If you don’t have any old sweaters just pick up a couple at Goodwill, like I did. These sweater pumpkins are so easy to make and you can create them in any color. I’ve seen pumpkins made with flannel shirts, velvet dresses, burlap and all fabrics in between. You know whether it’s an old sweater or shirt, it’s still fabric, so use your imagination. Be sure to watch the video below that I did live on Facebook.

DIY Goodwill sweater Pumpkin

Supplies needed for Sweater Pumpkins

  1. Fabric – Sweaters
  2. Scissors
  3. Pillow batting
  4. Rubber bands
  5. Raffia
  6. Sticks (from the yard)
  7. Faux leaves

Step by step sweater pumpkin

TIP: I buy pillows on sale and open a seam and use stuffing from them.

Using a sweater for the fabric pumpkins allows you to create pumpkins in several sizes. You can use the sleeves for small and medium ones and the body of the sweater for a large one. Like the green one in the photo.

Steps for creating a Sweater Pumpkin

  • Cut the sleeve of the sweater, I can usually get 2-3 pumpkins from one sleeve.
  • Turn the cut sleeve inside out.
  • Place 4 pieces of raffia through the sleeve.
  • Use a rubber band to secure the raffia and sleeve at one end.
  • Turn the pumpkin right side out, now the raffia is sticking out the end that has been secured with the rubber band.
  • Stuff the pumpkin.
  • Pull raffia up (see photo) secure raffia and sleeve opening with rubber band.
  • After the raffia and end are secure, pull the raffia pieces to create the curves.
  • Wrap raffia around and tie.
  • Add a stick for the stem (or use a real stem if you were smart and kept them from last year).
  • Attach faux burlap leaves for a finishing touch.

Pull the raffia to create the curves

Wrap raffia

Watch this Facebook Live video to see how I created the sweater pumpkin:


These are great to use on your dining table, entry table, really anywhere you want to add a touch of fall. I love that you can make them with any color sweater to match your decor.

Sweater Pumpkin DIY

Make these with old sweaters


Make these sweater pumpkins

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    9 thoughts on “How To Make a Sweater Pumpkin”

    1. Beautiful! Love that green pumpkin and the big burlap leaves. I often cut leaves from felt or my pumpkins. Thanks for the video showing just how we shape the pumpkin with the rafia pulled up through the top. I’ve never seen this exact procedure before and you make it look easy. I’m trying your technique!


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