I had so much fun making my first batch of rustic pumpkins that I just couldn’t resist when my girlfriend recommended this website and tutorial: http://hummadeedledee.blogspot.com/2011/09/new-sweet-sweater-pumpkin-tutorial.html.
My pumpkins turned out Shabby Chic, don’t ya think? Another great idea for your FALL DECOR!
- Instruction Link: Click Here
- A complete supply list is included in the tutorial.
The instructions were easy to understand with very nice pictures. I only had standard size rubber-bands so I used 2 at a time. I used 4 on each pumpkin instead of using two wide rubber bands. I also ended up using only 6 strands of twine instead of the 8 as instructed. This is just a matter of personal choice.
IMPROVISE: At first I only had white untreated twine (which is what I keep in the kitchen for cooking). I wanted to dull it a little for the cinnamon colored pumpkins. I decided to soak the cut twine in tea for a couple of hours. The result was not quite what I was looking for so I soaked them again in coffee grounds and hot water. That worked well enough. For the next grouping I wanted to mix it up a little, I decided I would go to the local hardware store and there I purchased natural jute twine.
- I washed my sweaters in mild soap and let them line dry because they were 100% wool.
- Construction: To purchase DIY directions: Click Here
NUTRITIONAL VALUE: I give this project 5 out of 5 dragonflies. A great group project especially if you plan to make a large batch. I was able make 10 pumpkins from four sweater sleeves. This is really a no sew project. However, I did tack down the lace remnant around the stem. The instructions were easy to follow and the finished project looks very close to the original design.