The children had big plans when we made our annual pilgrimage to the pumpkin patch last month. They all declared that they want large pumpkins, not small ones. Yet, when it came time to make the selection, they steered clear of all of the plump options that I tried to point them to after realizing that their little arms can only carry so much. And that is how we came home with diminutive pumpkins this year. Cute, certainly, but not much material to work with when attempting to decorate a fireplace.
Fall abruptly arrived in the Bay area this year, so we're actually donning cozy sweaters BEFORE Thanksgiving this year. And so it dawns on me one day, "Hey, I can make GIANT pumpkins out of these things." With minimal effort, to boot! At first, I was a bit stumped over what to use for the stem. Then I remembered that we have a broken tree branch that's going nowhere fast sitting right there in our backyard, so that's how I ended up going all Lumber Jack Joe with a saw to make lemonade out of lemons. Once you have the supplies, this really is an easy project that any novice sewer can tackle. I easily made three in an afternoon.
What you will need:
- a couple old sweaters (I used two sweataer dresses and one tunic from the thrift store)
- doll needle
- thread in a color that matches the sweater
- broken tree branch
It's hard to tell who loves these sweater pumpkins more, me or the kids. At least I haven't tried to smuggle one into bed with me. Yet.