DIY pumpkins made from sweaters
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DIY Fall Decor Pumpkins from Old Sweaters: Hello Gourd-geous!

I love decorating for fall and halloween, so it’s hard to keep myself from putting skeletons and jack-o-lanterns around the house before September. “But Laura! It’s still SUMMER!” I know, but we have so little time to enjoy the transistion from hot and humid to cold and dark.

So clearly I needed updated fall decor…that I could leave up beyond October 31st. Pumpkins are classic, and sweater material can make a room look and feel more cozy.

 


With just a needle, this is easy enough for my “non-crafty” friends, too!

Quick Steps for this Fall Decor:

  1. Raid your closet or take a quick trip to Goodwill. Any sweater (or thick tank top) will work.
an old tank top
I somehow got a hole in it, so it was downgraded to a sleep shirt. Now it’ll be a pumpkin!

2. Cut the bottom off (below any holes, ha ha!) with scissors. This will leave you with a “tube” as the original seams are closed on the sides, and it opens on the bottom and where you cut it (the top). It doesn’t need to be perfect, but attempt a straight line.

 

3. Turn your sweater tube inside-out. With 12″ of any color thread, knot the end and purse stitch about 1″ from the bottom with a thick needle. Mine happens to have a thick hem, so I’ll follow that to make it easier to keep it even. The thread won’t show as it’ll be on the inside of the goard, so don’t worry about matching colors. When you get all the way around, cinch the fabric together, and wrap your thread around the bunch tightly. Knot your thread to secure.

 

4. Flip your bag rightside-out, and fill with stuffing. I use Poly-fil or this recycled (and cheaper!) alternative, but you could also use the stuffing from an old pillow or stuffed animals that are no longer played with. Tip: You can toss the extra sweater pieces inside the pumpkin ball to save a bit of stuffing and ensure your pillow is soft yet sturdy.

5. Do the same purse stitch to close and cinch the top of the stuffed ball. Tie it around the stem and secure it with a knot.

 

6. Cut 3 pieces of contrasting yarn. Wrap each tight around the stuffed ball and knot it at the top. This will give you the six sections of a pumpkin.

 

7. I used felt for the pumpkin “stem” and leaves so my decor could double as a pillow, but you could alternately grab a stick from your backyard and fake leaves from unused fake flowers and hot glue that into the center.

 

8. Hot glue the stem inside the cinched top and the leaves on the top of the pumpkin surrounding the stem.

 

And the pumpkin is done! It was easy, right? After making the first one, I thought about other pumpkins I wanted to make! My home might turn into a pumpkin patch soon.

DIY pumpkins made from sweaters

Is there an old sweater you are keeping around, not because you enjoy wearing it or it’s particularly flattering, but because you like the pattern or design? I hope this tutorial gives you inspiration to make a little home decor!

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Mother’s Day Quilt

In honor of Mother’s Day, for all mothers and those who take on the mother role with pride, I’d like to share a quilt I made for my own Mom. My brother and I are both grown, but she kept a lot of t-shirts from our childhoods that held a special meaning. These included family trip, special vacation memories, and activities we were involved in.

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Guide to Sewing and Quilting Expos

This past week, I had the opportunity to attend the Sewing and Quilt EXPO (sewingexpo.com) in Cleveland. If you’ve never had the chance to go to a sewing expo, let me give you an insiders look so you know what to expect and how to prepare.  I find I’m usually nervous before attending large conventions and expos and love to get a heads-up from the inside. Continue reading “Guide to Sewing and Quilting Expos”