Orange Sweater Stuffed Pumpkin Vignettes

It's October 1st and it's Orange Sweater Tuesday! That's right, it's time to share another project from my yard sale find. This sweater has seen some serious action~ this being the 6th project I've made with it! I love it when an item that has passed its prime is given new life.
So, today I thought I'd share with you a project that was my overall vision for the sweater when I spied it at the yard sale...Orange Sweater Stuffed Pumpkins. Two of the most popular projects from this sweater have been my Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin and the Pumpkin Vase, in case you haven't seen them yet.

Here's how I made these super simple sweater stuffed pumpkins (say that 5 times real fast!):
Start with sections of the sleeves of the sweater.
Turn the "tube" (sweater sleeve section) inside out and cinch together one end with a rubber band.
Turn the tube right side should look like a little pouch.
Stuff with polyfil stuffing to desired plumpness.
Cinch together the top to make a stem, secure with another rubber band and wrap with jute, tucking the ends under the wrapped portion to secure. Embellish with burlap leaves and/or jute that's been curled to look like a pumpkin vine.

I'm using the pumpkins in a couple of vignettes around the house this year. One of them is on my piano in the living room. This is the room where I decorated my Orange & Turquoise Mantel, so I wanted the  piano decorations to coordinate.

On one end of the piano, I put some faux leaves and a sunflower in my turquoise vase (Michael's from the spring collection) and placed it on a couple of books. Next to it is my sweet little fall hedgehog I found at GW last year sitting on a bookpage leaf left over from the garland I put up on the mantel. Finally, a plump stuffed sweater pumpkin sits in front of the books. The other side of the piano has a pumpkin too, placed right next to my Burlap & Rickrack Sunflower Frame.

Another vignette where I'm using an Orange Sweater Stuffed Pumpkin is on my entry table. This may evolve a little more before I'm totally done with it...may make some additions or subtractions...I'd love to hear your thoughts on what I should do. Remember, I'm all about making do with what I have...
Basically, for this vignette, I started with a couple of placemats I purchased at World Market last month on Labor Day. I think I paid about $1.75 each. They have a gorgeous gold floral pattern on the front, but the back is this dusty teal color that I couldn't resist. Anyway, I lined them up and placed my large copper tray from a trip to GW last year on top and started layering. A swatch of light colored burlap lets the Sweater Stuffed Pumpkin and the floral arrangement be the stars of the show.

I kept the layering going with a tall copper vase with some faux branches on one side and a picture of a pheasant on the other. This picture was at a rummage sale in AZ last fall when we were visiting family.
I finished it off with a pretty ceramic pumpkin. Like I said, I may do some additions of real pumpkins and/or subtractions of items. We'll see how I feel about it at the end of the week.

So, are you getting your fall decorating done? I'm enjoying the fall fluffing and doing my best to use what I have already here at the house. Sometimes it calls for some extra creative juices to take your tired, old decorations and give them new life, but it can be a fun challenge. Are you up for it?

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  1. Oh, I love sweater pumpkins! Yours is absolutely adorable too!

  2. Your cute sweater projects inspired me to crochet my pumpkin. There's just something about a soft, cuddly pumpkin in the mix - pretty it!

  3. Hi your pumpkin is so pretty and I love that you used up an old sweater for this. Very creative of you.
    Julie at

  4. Very cool! What a great way to make use of an unused sweater.
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

  5. This project is too adorable! I love and am surely pinning it!

  6. What a great upcycling idea! Thanks for sharing! I'd love for you to come join our Halloween Party!!!

  7. I love upcycling items, especially sweaters or clothing. I'm off to look for an orange sweater. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

  8. These are amazing Nici! I love anything upcycled, and wanted to ask if I could use a picture from this post to feature these (with a link back of course) for a feature I'm writing on upcycled projects in a couple of days?

  9. Just stopped by to let you know that I featured this project on my Top 10 Upcycles of the week!
    Ten Best Upcycles of the Week
    Hope you have a great weekend!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success


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