Wednesday, October 5, 2011

sweater pumpkin

OK.  It's not really a pumpkin in a sweater. 

It's a pumpkin wrapped with that really thick chunky yarn that a person would use to make a sweater (me not included).  And "yarn pumpkin" doesn't sound as cool as sweater pumpkin. 

It never fails....when I am buying supplies like this yarn or fabric or even thread the wonderful ladies at the craft stores feel obligated to ask me what I'm making as I check out or having fabric cut.  Has this ever happened to anyone out there?  But I feel like I have to lie....I'm not using the materials as they are intended.  Plus describing what I'm making is just too long for craft store small talk.

OH-well...I guess I will just have to put up with lying or seeing they're strange looks on their faces for a little while longer.

On to my "sweater pumpkins"!

Here are the supplies you will need:

Thick chunky yarn - is what I used or try it out with any type of yarn or twine you might have on hand.

Dollar store pumpkins.


Thick twine for the stem.

Scissors and glue-gun.

*Watch Out*  For some reason I felt like I needed to take a picture of every single step, which I don't know why - this project is so easy, so there are a lot pictures!

Pop that top off.

While holding one end of the yarn with thumb, run a line of hot glue down one of the ridges followed by the yarn and then cut.  Repeat again on the ridge next to it.  I found the hot glue to be stringy on the yarn already in place.  Instead I just filled in the empty space with cutting yarn and holding it with my fingers.

I also thought I should paint the pumpkin before I did this.  It was SO not necessary to think that.  I added so much yarn there is no way you can see the pumpkin color underneath.

U-pin the yarn into place once section is complete.

Snip off extra at top and bottom.

Don't worry about seeing the yarn fuzz.  You will cover it up with the stem.

I alternated in different sections around the pumpkin. 

Then for the stem I cut pieces of twine and hot glued them together and onto the top of the pumpkin.

Add as much twine to fill in the empty voids to make a good stem.  *One tip* Cut the stem at the beginning to desired height because it was really hard to cut it down all at once.

There we have it!  It adds such texture to any fall decor look.

One more thing and this long project post will be done; this project took awhile!  I had planned on making this one and another during nap time, but I barely got this one done.

Enjoy making your sweater pumpkins!

Thanks for stopping.

Bye for now! 

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  1. These look amazing! I really thought they were covered in sweaters at first. Great trick... Love the fuzzy yarn. So warm!

  2. I absolutely LOVE this idea. So sweet and creative! I'm featuring them on my blog this evening!


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  3. These are great! I love the chunky yarn. Pinning this in hopes I get around to making one before Halloween!
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  4. Those are VERY cute. I had to chuckle when you said the ladies at the store always ask what you're making...I notice that too and sometimes have the urge to lie because I'm not at all sure if my "project" is going to turn out! I've learned just to say it like I know what I'm doing and they usually smile and nod. LOL

  5. I love these!! I made yarn pumpkins too but yours look so soft. That yarn is a great for this project! Newest follower!! Would love it if you would stop by and share this at my linky party :)