Sweater pumpkins are about to be your new favorite way to repurpose clothing. See how easy it is to turn a secondhand sweater into a tiny patch of cozy pumpkins.

By BH&G Crafts Editors
August 19, 2019

After a long, hot summer, we're looking forward to wearing cable-knit sweaters and spending time at the pumpkin patch. So naturally, sweater-covered pumpkins are one of our favorite fall decorating ideas. They're easy to make at home; the hardest part will be deciding which sweater to use! Hit the thrift store or sort through your donation pile, grab a few faux gourds, and start creating your own mini pumpkin patch with these simple instructions.

How to Make a Sweater Pumpkin

These faux pumpkins come together in just a few minutes, so you can make several in an afternoon. You may have leftover sweater pieces, so start planning the winter crafts you can make from sweaters!

Supplies Needed

  • Sweater
  • Scissors
  • Faux pumpkin
  • Hot-glue sticks and glue gun
  • Twine or yarn
  • Burlap ribbon (optional)
  • Faux leaves (optional)
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Step-by-Step Directions

Follow these easy instructions to make your own fall pumpkin decorations. You should be able to cover and decorate one pumpkin in less than an hour.

Step 1: Find a Sweater

The first step of this easy pumpkin craft is to find a sweater you don’t mind cutting up. Dig through the back of your closet or browse your local second-hand store to find sweaters made from colors and materials that match the vibe you're going for with you fall decor. Choose a medium or large sweater that’s made from a thick material with a little bit of stretch. Also, keep in mind that a sweater with ribbing or a vertical stripe pattern will help hide the seams you’ll glue later. You can also complete this project with other clothing items, like a worn flannel shirt or a soft T-shirt.

Step 2: Cut and Glue Sleeves

Once you’ve found the perfect sweater, it’s time to start crafting. For a medium-size faux pumpkin (ours was approximately 10 inches in diameter), one sweater sleeve should cover the surface. Start by cutting off the sleeve, then cut the sleeve in half lengthwise.

Set the pumpkin in the center of the cut sleeve piece and bring one end up to the base of the pumpkin stem; hot glue to secure. Bring the other end of the sleeve up to the base of the stem (you’ll probably have to trim this end!) and secure with hot glue.

Step 3: Close the Gap

Once you’ve glued both ends of the sweater sleeve to the pumpkin, there will be an open gap on either side of the pumpkin—this is where having a somewhat stretchy material will come in handy! Stretch each side of the sweater material to meet in the center and hot glue to secure. Your pumpkin should now be entirely covered with the sweater.

Step 4: Add Embellishments

Once the pumpkin is covered, use a piece of thick yarn or twine to cover the stem and hide the glued edges. Use a bead of hot glue to secure a long piece of yarn at the base of the stem, then wrap the yarn around the stem until it's fully covered. Secure the end with hot glue. Once you’re done, it’s time to accessorize! We cut a leaf shape from a wide burlap ribbon, but you could use any kind of faux leaves or greenery to finish your pumpkin. Add your sweater pumpkins to a fall mantel display or sprinkle them around your home. 

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