Orange Sweater Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin

I've got another sweater craft for you and it all started with this yard sale find.
Today, I'm going to share with you another up-cycled project from the sweater and an embroidery hoop I picked up at the community garage sale this spring. I just love how this Orange Sweater Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin turned out. I could almost see making a whole pumpkin patch out of different sized hoops.

Here's what I started with: yard sale orange sweater, yard sale embroidery hoop, cardboard circle, poly-fil stuffing and jute.

I began by cutting a piece of cardboard the same size as my embroidery hoop, then used that to make a template out of a paper towel to attach to the sweater. This allowed me to cut the sweater to the desired size.

I then attached the cardboard circle to the"inside" ring of hoop with masking tape. This became the backing for the poly-fil stuffing.

I placed some stuffing on the cardboard. {I ended up taking away some of this stuffing, as it became difficult to do the next step.}

Next, was the hard part. I covered the stuffing with the cut circle of sweater material and then used a lot of muscle to get the top embroidery hoop over the sweater material and bottom hoop.

After I removed the screw at the top it finally snapped into place. I put the screw back in and then tightened it up a bit.

I trimmed off the excess sweater material and added in a little more stuffing from the backside of the pumpkin. As you can see my backing was made from a cereal box. Yay! More materials that were repurposed!

I finished it off with a little jute on the fastener. Ta-da! A pumpkin!

My fall mantel is evolving into a small sweater pumpkin patch! I love the pops of orange and the texture that the sweater brings.
Have you seen the other projects from the Orange Sweater? First I made the Pumpkin Vase and then a fall headband with a burlap flower. What will be next? You'll have to come back and see next week ;-)
I'm linking up at some of these great parties and

51 comments:

  1. The hoop pumpkin adds another touch of color to your pretty mantel - great job! Wondering what your next project might be?xx

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  2. When you get done with all the clever crafts from this sweater, it would be fun to see them all in a collage photo!

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  3. What a clever idea. I love crafting with embroidery hoops too. I would love for you to come and link this up to my Fall into Fall party going on right now. Hope to see you there. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com

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  4. How creative you are! Thsi is adorable. Great that you had the perfect colored sweater. I will be back to lnk up to your party tomorrow, but I am always late to the Wed. night parties. I have a meeting every Wed. and don't get home til after 9. Better late than never though:):) XO, Pinky

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  5. That is too adorable Nici! I love that it is "semi" flat so you can use it on a shallow shelf! So clever you are!
    Jenna

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  6. This is such a cute idea! I have an old orange sweater... I may have to get to work :)

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  7. Hi Nici,
    What a smart idea and it is absolutely the cuties of all pumpkins.

    TY for sharing your idea once again.

    Happy Wednesday.
    /CC girl

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  8. So creative! I am a new fan and am going to spend some time browsing! I would love for you to come share at my From the Farm Blog Hop. We're trying to reach 300 linkups this week and we're almost there!
    Lisa
    Fresh Eggs Daily
    http://www.fresh-eggs-daily.com/2013/09/from-farm-blog-hop-and-recipe-for.html

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  9. Great Idea. Will have to add it to my to do list!

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  10. Brilliant idea!! I definitely will be doing this.. thanks for sharing! Pinning and sharing on my FB page. :D

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  11. I just commented on your sweater pumpkin - and now I find how you used the rest of the sweater. Awesome!
    <3
    Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

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  12. Love it, now I'll have to check out to see if I have an orange pumpkin!

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  13. That is so cute, I love that idea and making crafts from sweaters! I'd love for you to link up at my craft party, it starts on Saturdays and runs all week! :)

    http://sewlicioushomedecor.com/saturday-show-licious-craft-showcase-49-linkup-party/

    Marti

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  14. That is a great idea and so cute, love the sweater you chose.

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  15. Can't believe that you still have sweater creativity left!!! This is amazing too. I think that a leaf on the top would make it look more pumpkin-y!

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  16. That is such a cute idea! It could be done for any season - well done!

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  17. Great job! You're going to end up using every bit of that sweater! Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday's Five Features tomorrow and link up this post (and others)! http://diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com

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  18. Enjoyed finding this cut pumpkin on Transformation Thursday. I have pinned to my Fall Crafts and Eats Board.

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  19. CLEVER! You are quite the sweater recycler!

    XO,
    CorinnaAshley.com

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  20. Could this be any cuter! And, so easy too! Please, please share this at Stylish Friday Finds! My readers would love it and so would I! Have a great weekend!
    Karen
    http://www.astylishinterior.com/2013/09/stylish-friday-finds-2.html

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  21. What a great project! It looks fantastic.

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  22. Love this!! Now to head to the Goodwill and find a sweater!! Found you at the Pin Me Linky party and now following you so I don't miss anything!!
    Krista@ Far From Normal

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  23. Hi Nici, this is a very cute project!Thanks for sharing great tutorial!
    Enjoy your day!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  24. I love this and it has great texture! Thanks for linking up to the Sunday Showcase!

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  25. I wanted to invite you to the Friday Flash Blog Party, the best linky in town! I hope you'll join us and link up. Who knows. You may just get highlighted!

    The party goes on through Monday.

    Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution
    www.thejennyevolution.com

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  26. Oh wow a pumpkin ornament - it's super cute, I love it!
    dropping by from Freedom Fridays

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  27. What a great idea! So cute and really adds to your mantel... would love if you came by and shared at One More Time Events...http://www.onemoretimeevents.com/2013/09/share-it-one-more-time-at-one-more-time.html
    Hope to see you there...

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  28. Thank you for sharing this clever craft at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  29. Wow!!!This is lovely!! I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas. Have a great week.

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  30. This is so cute and clever! You are so talented and everything always turns out beautiful. Thanks for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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  31. I just got some embroidery hoops, having no idea what I was going to do with them, but now thanks to your adorable idea I know exactly what to do with them! Thanks so much for linking it up last week to the Lovely Ladies Linky Party.
    I wanted to let you know that I featured it this week on my page because it was one of my favorites! You can check it out here-
    http://www.justalittlecreativity.com/2013/09/six-blogs-one-party-lovely-ladies-linky.html
    Hope to see you back again this week, thanks for sharing such a great recipe :)
    -Molly at Just a Little Creativity

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  32. Just pinned and will be sharing on Facebook as one of this week's Features at Freedom Fridays!!

    Hugs my friend!!

    Ps Just love this idea!!!

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  33. This is super cute and super easy! I'm featuring this on MMM this week!

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  34. Just pinned this and will be sharing on Facebook as one of this weeks great Features at Freedom Fridays:)))

    Hugs and thanks so much for joining in at Freedom Fridays!

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  35. Too cute! Pinned it! Thanks for linking up to our Autumn Abounds party! ~KIM @Sand & Sisal

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  36. It is beautiful! What a super great idea! O would love if you share this post at the party! link Hope to see you there! http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com/ Hugs, Maria

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  37. Looks like my pumpkins! http://www.cjanecreate.com/2012/10/poppin-pumpkins.html
    Love the sweater idea. :)

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  38. That is so cute! And simple too!!
    xo,
    Anjana.

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  39. That is so clever!! I even have some hoops on hand! Thanks for adding this cutie to my Fall In Love With Fall link-up! ;)

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  40. I'm just now seeing this project but absolutely love it. Looks so great and cushy, more realistic. I'm looking at each one of the fantastic projects you made out of one sweater. Found your post from The Inspiration Exchange linky party and had to look at all projects. Great great reuse. I really like the neck warmer also, I wear turtle necks all winter cause my old turkey neck gets cold, lol. Ok on to the rest of projects. You are so clever and your daughter is so pretty. Why do they have to grow up?

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  41. We love all of your sweater pumpkin ideas! Our newest showcase is here and we hope you stop in and share again! ---> http://bowdabra.com/?p=413

    Susie @Bowdabra

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