DIY Sweater Pumpkins – Cozy Up With Fall

Monday, August 30, 2021

Summer is slowly fading, even though it is still HOT, and Autumn is just around the corner. I’m thinking and feeling that the mornings are a bit cooler and the evening light is fading faster. I’m definitely getting that fall feeling…even with the decor.

I’ve been lighting a few candles in the evening and thinking a bit on the cozy side.

I even started adding touches of fall, but in the most subtle way possible.

So, I wanted to share a DIY. A pumpkin crafted from a sweater and twig stems.

Heirloom style pumpkins crafted from an old sweater.

You won’t need a sewing machine for this project. However you will need a needle, thread, or yarn.

 These sweater pumpkins are filled with polyfill and the stems are made from twigs I gathered from around the yard. Other ideas for the stems, you could also use cinnamon sticks.

Yes, there was a sweater harmed in this project. I felt that it needed to be retired.

My sweater pumpkins are so easy to make and are a bit on the cute side. So they fit two requirements.

I was able to make two pumpkins from the one sweater.

How To Make A Sweater Pumpkin

What you will need:

1 clean sweater (color of your choosing)



Thread or yarn

Circle pattern

Twig, or cinnamon stick for stem

Felt for leaf


Twine for accent

Hot glue gun

Step 1:

Circle pattern

Don’t mind the wrinkled paper. This came from a Marshalls purchase.

Step 2:

Place pattern on sweater.

For easy cutting, pin the paper pattern to the sweater.

Step 3:

Cut along the paper pattern.

Cut out your sweater circle.

Step 4:

 With a needle and double thread or yarn, sew a running stitch along the outside perimeter so you can gather the knit fabric and fill it as you go.

I used yarn for my thread with a large yarn needle.
Lightly gather the fabric/knit and stuff a little at a time. Careful not to pull too hard as you may break the thread/yarn.

Step 5:

 Carefully tighten the thread and place your stem inside. At this point, secure the bottom of the stem in the fabric by placing a generous amount of hot glue at the bottom and along the outside of the stem. Pull the thread tight. Since the knit fabric is bulky you may have to stitch the top of the pumpkin closed around the stem.

I added the button to tie-off my thread and to add character.

Step 6:

Once the stem is glued in place, you’ve stitched around it – this is what it will look like.

Step 7:

I hot glued jute twine around the bottom of the stem to disguise the bunching of the fabric, and as additional dressing.

Step 8:

Using felt, I cut out a leaf and hot glued it at the base of the stem. (On one pumpkin leaf I added stitching for additional detail.)

How is that?

Start your fall off right with a new cozy knit pumpkin for early autumn decor.

And… I didn’t break the bank!

It’s pretty much white pumpkins and dried florals around here at the moment.

Kind of loving this neutral Autumn look at the moment.

I hope you like my DIY cozy knit pumpkins, and this inspires you in some way to get your Autumn decor on.

This is how I home – A little wild west stylin’ for my wild west livin.’



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