Sweater Pumpkins

Have you heard of the new FOLK magazine?
This is their first issue.

I love the way they embrace living simply. Nothing fussy or fancy. It’s about enjoying the beauty that is around you and the little things in life that bring a smile to your face.

I fell in love with this issue so I subscribed.
I’m looking forward to when the next issue arrives in my mailbox.

cover copy

I had picked up this wool sweater at the thrift store and I wanted to try to felt it.
It didn’t really felt they way it should have because it was a blend and not 100% wool.

But it did soften up nicely and so I wanted to find way to use it.

inside copy

Inside of FOLK was this how-to from Deb Kennedy. She made these cute sweater pumpkins.

It looked easy enough so I thought I’d give it a go and see how they came out. 
There is no sewing involved so you non sewers can do this.

Here are my versions.

pumpkins 5 copy 
I like the way the stem curved a bit on this one.

pumpkins3 copy

pumpkins 2 copy 
I was able to make both of these out of just one sleeve.
Now I want to go find more wooly sweaters and make more!

pumpkins4 copy

I still have the body of the sweater left so I need to see what else I can come up with.
I’m thinking a cozy pillow might be nice.

Have you repurposed an old sweater into something else?
Leave me a link, I'd love to see it.

Linking up with:
Midwestern Sewing Girl: Everything Autumn
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  1. Anita, these are just the sweetest things ever! You whipped these out pretty darn good and fast. Thank you so much for sharing with the magazine copy cat challenge, I sure can't wait until next month.

  2. Those are darling! You did a great job and I love the color of the sweater for them.

  3. these are so cute!!! i love this idea!

  4. Those are so pretty. Such a pretty soft color. I need to get that magazine. I have not seen it anywhere.

  5. just heard about FOLK the other day. adorable!


  6. Those are adorable! But I hate to tell you this: us "simple" folk don't make sweaters for our pumpkins. In fact, we don't even buy pumpkins, and just hide in our house with all the lights out, ignoring the doorbell, while we sip our vodka tonic and wish the little costumed people would go away.

  7. Those turned out so good, Anita! I've seen people talking here and there about that magazine, but for some reason I thought it was an online type thing. Hmmm...I'm going to have to look for it.

  8. Anita, thank you so much for leaving me a comment on my blog with a link here so I could see your darling creations! I love them - and your curvy stem is very charming! Yours are some of the best I've seen ;0)

    Ladies, FOLK Magazine is available via subscriptions from the magazine web site at www.MagazinebyFolk.com.

    Select independent retailers carry it in their shops & online stores, as well, so you can purchase a single copy. I am working to get a list of those retailers up on the Folk blog by the time Issue 2 is released in November. http://americanfolklife.blogspot.com/

  9. Love it! They are so cute. I haven't seen that magazine yet. I know if I do it's coming home with me!

  10. I love this idea thanks for sharing.

  11. Anita, how clever of you! Cute!!

  12. Awesome!! I'm sure you made Deb (and FOLK) extremely proud. :)


  13. I love this!!!!!!!!


  14. What a great idea, Anita! These look so cute! Thanks so much for sharing and thanks also for the link to FOLK! Have a wonderful day!

  15. They are so adorable, Anita - well done! I'll have to check out this magazine too, looks great.


  16. Your pumpkins are wonderful, Anita! I like the natural color you chose. I will have to check out that magazine. I've not heard of it before your mention.

  17. You are killing me. Did you do these in between coats of paint on your gorgeous cabinet???
    Love these pumpkins. They'll look great in the cabinet!

  18. Adorable!

    Coming over from MidwesternSewingGirl!


  19. Great job! And I love the china cabinet from the previous post.

  20. 1st- GREAT JOB, ANITA!!! (this said with excited, squeaky voice!)
    2nd-I loved the staging of the photos.
    3rd- I think this should make it to your "shop".

  21. These turned out really great. Love the natural look! Thanks for sharing with air your laundry Friday! xo Jami

  22. Hi Anita, they turned out just fine. I think a cushion would be great made out of the same material. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris


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