Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Whatcha Working On Wednesday?

Sweater Sleeve Pumpkins

These are so fun to make. I had seen them on-line last year.
To see the original tutorial just type 'sweater sleeve pumpkin tutorial' into your search bar for several sets of instructions.
I'd like to share my tips with you...
An adult sweater will yield 4 pumpkins...two from each sleeve.
Just cut...no need to measure.


Wrap twine around your hand and elbow...16 times for larger, and 8 times for smaller pumpkins.
Insert twine pieces through the inside-out sleeve piece, leaving about an inch at the bottom.
I wrapped two rubber bands around the end to make sure it was secure.

Turn sweater sleeve right side out.
I like to add a scant cup-ful of rice.
This makes a nice foundation for the bottom of the pumpkin.

Use more or less, depending on the size of your pumpkin.


Stuff your pumpkins to desired plumpness.
I have polyester stuffing...
some folks use plastic grocery bags.


Separate the twines on the bottom and bring them around to the top.
Grasp tightly and secure with another rubber band or two.
This is where you feel like you need three hands.


Wrap more twine around the top to create a stem.
Make sure to gain the approval of your assistant.

They're perfect...
...don't you think?!!


Take care,
~Natalie

30 comments:

TheRustyThimble said...

great pumpkins that you for sharing. I think I will make something else out of them for winter LOL.....working on snowmen and more snowmen here and a few santas.
Brenda

TheRustyThimble said...

Late for me LOL typo, should read thank you for sharing
Brenda

Carol/Firecrackerkid said...

That's really neat. I think kitty likes!

yorkie's primitives said...

Really neat idea. Thanks for sharing, Valerie

byyourhands said...

Very cute! The colors are wonderful, too. Bette

dee begg said...

Natalie

I love the picture of your helper! Thanks for sharing your tips and will look for the tut online.

D

Jody said...

Your pumpkins are adorable! Great job!

Pat said...

So cute...and isn't it great to have a helper in the studio!

Kristi Flanagan said...

VERY CUTE! Natalie, come link this post to my blog party on Fridays. It is another way to get exposure to your blog. They are so cute OFG sister!!!

Hugs,

Kristi
Punkin Seed Productions

basketsbyrose said...

Great way to use old sweaters! Is your helper the one who took out your Christmas tree?

Valley Primitives Gift Shoppe said...

Those are really cute Natalie, and what a great idea!
Kim

Maggey and Jim said...

What a concept.. I really like the idea.. I love the twine too.
Maggey

BlueRidge Boomer said...

Cute....cute....cute....!!
I need to visit the thrift stores this weekend...!!! Gott'a try this...!!!

Enjoy

Barb said...

They are so cute. Thank you for sharing your tips!
Barb

Kat S. said...

How cute and clever, Natalie!

Happy Valley Primitives said...

What a great idea Natalie! I especially like that little helper of yours...too cute!

Ilene

Busy Bee Suz said...

They are perfectly adorable!!!!
So, does your helper actually help? :)

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

those pumpkins are way to cute..love the twine..and I love!!!!! your little assistant..I have 7 assistants.;)

Willoughby said...

This is such a cute project! I love to make things with the fabric from unused clothing. I'm working on a Hawaaian shirt quilt, currently, but I've also made slip covers, pillows and a some other misc. projects.

Debilou~Mississippi Mama said...

Hi, Natalie
Love the pumpkins. I've seen these around but havent tried to make them. Your assistant is so cute.. I have one of those too.

jdavissquared said...

so cute!

Your assistant cracks me up! My cats do the same thing, and I'm sure all that twine needed inspecting!

Happy Halloween!

Kit said...

These are wonderful! Thanks for the tips. I may just make some for Thanksgiving favors. Kit

Tolentreasures said...

Those are great! I am going to have to dig through the sweater collection in the stash! Thanks for sharing!

Cathy

Tolentreasures said...

Those are great! I am going to have to dig through the sweater collection in the stash! Thanks for sharing!

Cathy

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

These look cozy, cute, and everything that autumn is!

Angie Berry said...

Nifty idea! Those turned out really cute! GW is always offering 1/2 off clothing coupons around here, that would be something to be on the lookout for. I'm glad your assistant is looking everything over for you, hehe! What a cutie!

Chris said...

These are sooo awesome! This post just went into my idea file! Thank you for sharing!

Inspire Me Heather said...

I am so going to make these! Thanks and I linked this to my Autumn post too today so I can keep this tutorial!

Marilyn said...

I love love this, Sooo cute..I adore :)) I found ya per blog hop and had to stop in and say hello, officially following ya..Hope u can stop in and say hi sometime..(I have a linky fall blog party that this will fit right into if you don't mind linking..:))..I'm Marilyn via http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/09/fall-crawl-day-5-blog-party.html ..happy weekend..

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