REPURPOSE A SOFT SWEATER
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.