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How to Make DIY Sweater Pumpkins, No Sew Sweater Pumpkins

Fall crafts galore! I teamed up with my creative friends to share a fall craft. I am sharing how to make DIY sweater pumpkins. These are no sew pumpkins and I went with a neutral color palette to keep with my fall decor palette.

Where to find Sweaters for DIY Sweater Pumpkins

We got our sweaters from the back of our closet and from our local thrift store. Thrift store sweaters cost a few bucks each and make at least four pumpkins.

DIY Sweater Pumpkin Supplies

You will need the following supplies and tools to make sweater pumpkins.

  • Sweaters – each sweater will make at least four pumpkins
  • Scissors – a nice sharp pair, preferably ones only used for fabric
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Yarn or twine
  • Polyfil – You could also use the filling from an old pillow. I had a pillow that was going flat so for my tutorial I pulled the stuffing from that for my pumpkins. It made them that much cheaper to make.
  • Extra embellishments – this is optional but you can use trims, ribbons, or buttons. I used faux leather scraps for leaves.
DIY Sweater Pumpkins

DIY Sweater Pumpkins


  • Long Sleeve Sweater
  • Yarn or Twine
  • Poly-fil
  • Faux Leather (optional)


  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun


  1. Start out by cutting the sleeves off of the sweater. Then cut each sleeve in half or even in thirds
  2. Flip one peice inside out and gather the ends of the widest end and tie a knot around them using yarn
  3. Flip the fabric back to right side out and fill with stuffing 2/3 of the way full
  4. Gather the sleeve fabric at the open end and tie another knot using yarn. Then start wrapping the yarn around and securing with dots of hot glue
  5. Continue to glue and wrap the yarn as little or much as you want to create the stem. Then trim the excess fabric to create a flat top
  6. Stop there or use hot glue and wrap the yarn over top in a coil from the outside towards the middle
  7. If you want to create lines in your pumpkin tie knot one end into the bottom of the sweater pumpkin, wrap up and around the stem and back to the bottom. Repeat as many times as desired
  8. Embellish with faux leather leaves or other findings


We used sweaters that we purchased for a couple dollars at a thrift store.

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