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How To Make Easy No-Sew Pumpkin Sweaters

Learn how to make the easy no-sew pumpkin sweaters with old sweaters that you have discarded.

How To Make Easy No-Sew Pumpkin Sweaters

How To Make Easy No-Sew Pumpkin Sweaters

I really have been loving creating recycling projects on  Wednesday.  It’s my day to share it on my Facebook recycle group and I have been enjoying it. I discovered a great recycling project using old sweaters. I saw it first on  Creative Ramblings Video.  Sarah’s video was so easy. I loved it so much I choose it for my recycle project.

It’s not quite a sweater weather yet, it’s still in the ’90s here. I searched through my winter drawer and found 2 old sweaters that I could part with. Here in South  Carolina I really don’t use many sweaters except maybe a few months of the year which is January and February.

supplies for pumpkin sweater: How To Make Easy No-Sew Pumpkin Sweaters


  • Old sweater sleeves
  • Rubber bands
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Hemp
  • Glue gun

Almost everything in this recycle project is recycled except scissors, glue, and hemp. So saves those newspapers and rubber bands you never know when they will be handy.

Step 1: Cutting

Cut the sleeves off the sweater using a straight cut. Tie the ends with rubber bands.

cutting up the sweater for pumpkin: How To Make Easy No-Sew Pumpkin Sweaters

Step 2: Newspaper

Take the sweater part you tied with rubber bands inside out. Fill with four sheets of newspapers. Cut the newspaper sheets in half, crumble up and stuff into the sleeve.

creating the stem: How To Make Easy No-Sew Pumpkin Sweaters

Step 3: Stem

Take the sleeve opening and ties a rubber band around the opening three times around. Then get a roll of hemp and starts tying the hemp closely around the stem, around and around it goes until the stem is completely covered. With a glue gun add some glue drips here and there so the hemp will stick and keep the stem secure. This may take a few tries. At the end of the stem make sure you add a drop of glue and carefully cover over the white part of the sweater with the hemp.



For similar projects check out the no-sew frayed napkins.



  1. Maria, I’ve seen these before and I’ve always wanted to make some. You make it look so easy, so I’m going to have to be on the lookout for white or soft white sweaters.

  2. These are adorable, Maria. I love those stems!

  3. I’ve been sewing mine! Went to GW and got $1 clothes–gold glitter dress sweaters, leopard spots, mint green sweater (baby boos!), orange cable sweater, etc. Cut the sleeves into 2 or 3 lenths, gather them with a running stitch, hot glue a twig into the top. I have added a fall ribbon, swath of raffia, jute and acorns, faux grape or maple leaves, etc. Cute! The body I stitch into smaller pieces; I’ve also made some “lazy” way clothing for grand’s 18″ dolls!

  4. Well look at you! 😉 You are super woman! Love these… so cute and cozy, and I love the stems! Pinning!

  5. These little sweater pumpkins are soooo cute! Perfect for fall decor. I need to get around and get some no sew pumpkins made from fabric that I bought last year and didn’t get made. LOL May just have to add sweater pumpkins to my pumpkin making list as well, their adorable!

    1. I hope you do, Fabric ones so very nice! Hope you are having a great weekend Thanks Maria

  6. These are so cute and I love how you placed them with the pine cones. Simple which I love!

  7. What a great idea! I’ve got to get back to the thrift shop for some cheap sweaters so I can do this, too! I love this easy project and I love pumpkin decor. Thank you for this inspiration!

  8. What an awesome idea! I’m off to the thrift shop to find some cheap, colorful sweaters. I love pumpkin decor and I love easy projects like this that can be done so quickly. Thank you for this fun project.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Its such an easy project! Where did you see my post? Maria

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