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Thrift Store Cable Sweater Pumpkins

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This month I’ve got some fun Cable Sweater Pumpkins to share with you! It’s thrift store makeover time again and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the team created! I’m trying to get into the fall mood The weather finally starts to cool from the 100-degree temps, so I’m gradually dragging out the fall decor. I”m loving how these adorable Cable Knit Sweater Pumpkins turned out!

Super cute Cable Knit Sweater Pumpkins from Thrift Store and Dollar Tree finds!

Cable Knit Sweater Pumpkin Supplies

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The items I used to make these sweater pumpkins are pretty cheap and easy to find. I went with neutrals, but you can use any color or print that you want. You’re making sweater sleeve pumpkins. If you had bigger pumpkins then you could use the body of the sweater.

My local dollar tree has lots of varieties of faux pumpkins. I picked two different sizes. They also carry twine and even hot glue sticks. I was able to find the cable knit sweater for only $1 at my local Goodwill thrift store.

How to Make a Sweater Pumpkin

For this tutorial, I started by spray painting my faux pumpkins white. I didn’t want their orange and green to be glaring through the cable knit thrifted sweater. I love ribbing on a cable sweater.

Faux dollar store pumpkins and thrift store cable knit sweater

Both Walmart and Lowes sell a generic spray paint that is super cheap and great for projects like this where you just need to change the color.

Sweater sleeve, painted pumpkin and twine.

For my two smaller pumpkins I used the ends of the sleeves of the old sweater to cover them. I cut off at about 6 inches up from the bottom of the sweater sleeves. Then you want to turn your cut sleeve inside out.

Tying off the base of the inside out sleeve of the sweater to make a sweater pumpkin.

Using the jute twine, tie off one of the ends about 1 inch up. I wrapped the twine around a couple of times and tied it 2-3 times. Then you want to right side out the sleeve. (the twine you just tied will now be inside)

Cable Knit Sweater sleeve stuffed with a faux pumpkin.

Now it’s time to put in your faux pumpkin. I placed the bottom of the pumpkin into the sleeve first, so it’s sitting on the twine knot you just tied.

Then pull the sweater fabric tight and tie the top off with twine.

Wrapping twine to make a pumpkin stem.

Time to wrap that twine to create the pumpkin stem. I cut out about 1/2 of the sweater fabric that was sticking out because I felt it was too thick.

Twine wrapped around to create a pumpkin stem on a sweater pumpkin

Wrap, wrap, wrap until you get to about 1 inch from the top. Then place a bunch of hot glue on the tip and finish wrapping. Then look at your cute little pumpkins.

Super cute right!! I hope you get a chance to make your own DIY sweater pumpkins.

Cable Knit Sweater Pumpkins from the thrift store and dollar tree

Now heading on over to check out the rest of these amazing thrift store makeover!

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Thrift Store Cable Knit Sweater Pumpkins


  1. Maryann,

    Your cable knit sweater pumpkins look soooo cute! I never find these sweaters. I guess I’m not going to the right thrift stores. I mostly go to junk stores. hehehehe

    super cute! Pinned!


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