REPURPOSE A SOFT SWEATER

Country Sampler Autumn Decorating SIP 2018 - - Inside - DE­SIGNED AND PHO­TOGRAPHED BY DEB­BIE PEAVY OF CONFESSIONSOFAPLATEADDICT.BLOGSPOT.COM.

Gather up an old ca­ble-knit sweater, an in­ex­pen­sive faux pump­kin, a book page and a ball of jute twine, and you can make a sweater pump­kin like these from Deb­bie Peavy at Con­fes­sions of a Plate Addict.

STEP 1 Carve out the faux pump­kin’s stem. Dis­card or save for an­other project.

STEP 2 Slide the pump­kin into one sleeve of the sweater, just above the cuff. Tie off the cuff with jute twine, leav­ing the ball of twine at­tached.

STEP 3 Wind the twine tightly around the cuff, all the way to the end of the cuff and then back again. Se­cure by ty­ing the twine ends to­gether; trim any ex­cess.

STEP 4 For the two ten­drils, coat a single length of twine with de­coupage medium and wrap each end around a pen­cil. Se­cure with

straight pins through the erasers. Let dry 15 or 20 min­utes and then slip out the pen­cils. Let dry com­pletely.

STEP 5 Cut across the open sleeve at the bot­tom of the pump­kin and sew closed. Use a gath­er­ing stitch, pulling the ends to­gether as you go, and then se­cure with more stitches.

STEP 6 Tie the twine ten­drils around the stem.

STEP 7 Cut a leaf shape from a book page and glue near the base of the stem.

BOOK­ISH LOOK The ver­ti­cal line from an old dic­tio­nary page makes a per­fect leaf vein.

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