I say no! Don’t waste those valuable sleeves. They make the best pumpkins!
The orange pumpkin is from a sweater I bought at a Salvation Army thrift store, planning to make a Fall pillow. In my timely way (not), it remains in my to-do stack. Ha! You might actually see the pillow next Fall, y’all.
Make the larger pumpkins from the upper portion of the sleeve.
My white pumpkins are from a sweat shirt sleeve. I have a box of white sleeves left over from making sheep costumes for a church children’s program. I’m glad now, but I couldn’t part with the sleeves while searching for the perfect use.
Anyone need white sleeves? I’ve got plenty to share!
I made the smaller white pumpkin from the lower section of the sleeve. We could make four pumpkins from one shirt.
Cut the band off if using a sweat shirt – too much bulk.
Supplies you’ll need:
Natural twine, such as jute
After cutting an 8″-10″ section, turn the sleeve wrong side out. With any natural twine, cut 6 long strands the same length. Mine were about 30″. Pull them through the inside of the sleeve.
Knot the strands together and gather the largest end of the sleeve around the twine. Secure with a rubber band.
Turn the sleeve right side out. The knot will be hidden inside.
Fill with your favorite fiberfil.
Push the stuffing down inside and gather the fabric together. Secure with another rubber band, or like me, not. I like to live dangerously when crafting.
“Just-a-tish-OCD-me” brings one twine strand along the sleeve seam to hide it.
Evenly space the remaining twine strands as you bring them to the top of the pumpkin. Here’s a view of the under side.
Gather three twine strands together and wind them around the top to form a stem, all except 6″-10″, your choice. Then repeat with the other three strands, except wrap in the opposite direction. Tie a knot with the two groupings of strands.
Trim the fabric sticking out from the stem with a smooth cut across.
Another option is to cut your sleeve section longer and have a really long stem. Wouldn’t that be fun?
On this final pumpkin, I twisted the strand groupings of three to see what would happen. It sort of made them twisty and wild – like the real thing.
For more fun, I added the burlap ribbon just to change things up a bit. Here they are on my Shades of Orange Fall Mantel.
Don’t miss my future post about making minor changes for Fall mantel decor – with pumpkins, of course.
Isn’t this easy? I made these pumpkins in less than 10 minutes each – and with supplies I have around here in The Land of Making Do. So, they’re free right?
I used something we would normally throw away. So, they are also…green. You just can’t beat free and green.
Happy pumpkin fun, my friends!
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