Here is a tutorial for both a sewn version and a no-sew (well okay there are a couple of stitches but you can do it I promise) version.
1. Start by laying out your sweater and deciding where to cut. I use the sides of the sweater as my side seams so all you have to decide is the height. Experiment with different sizes because each one will make a different shaped pumpkin. The higher up on the sweater you cut the taller your pumpkin. Well just play around with it-you really can't go wrong. I chose to cut right below the arm pits. No need for measuring or straight lines. It should look like this. This is cut through both the front and the back of the sweater.2. Next using embroidery floss (all 6 strands-because the sweater material is thick and heavy and you want something durable to sew it with) and
a big honkin fat needle, thread a long piece of floss with a knot tied in one end.
3. Turn your sweater piece wrong side out and starting with the knot on the wrong side sew a running stitch all around the bottom edge of the sweater.
4. Pull on your thread to gather the bottom edge as tight as possible but don't break your threads.
5. Now using the same needle and thread stitch back and forth to sew the opening closed.
6. Turn this piece right side out and stuff. It looks big and huge and awkward at this point but don't fear.
7. Now sew another running stitch around the top edge, pull the thread to gather it tight and sew back and forth just like you did on the bottom.
8. Working with a new (LONG) thread, knotted at one end, start from the underneath side of the pumpkin and poke the needle up through the bottom being sure to hold onto the end while you squish the pumpkin and pull it out through the top.
Take a stitch across the top gather and back down through to the bottom pulling tightly to create an indent in the top.
Like this. Repeat this about 4 or 5 times, taking your top stitch across at different places to help tuck in that top seam.
9. For the stem I cut a dead tree branch from the neighbors dead tree in the back alley. Cut it in pieces. Hot glue this to the center of the pumpkin.
10. For leaves I crudely cut out a leaf like shape with a piece of quilt batting sandwiched in between. You could make a leaf pattern using a picture from the Internet as well. I stitched them on my sewing machine to hold them together. If this step seems daunting then I would go to the craft store and find some fake fall foliage and buy up something that looks like a pumpkin leaf.
Glue these in place. They help hide parts of the seam that may be sticking up.
And there you have it.
1. For the no sew version I cut a piece from a sweater but only from one side. I wanted to make a smaller pumpkin so I am only using a piece of the sweater rather than from seam to seam because that was bigger than I wanted. The size once again does not matter so feel free to play around with shapes.
2. With the right side up run a bead of hot glue down the length of one side and half the bottom. Fold the square piece over to form a rectangle like this. Press to make sure the glue holds.
3. Now turn it right side out. (this is showing you the bottom)
4. Stick one hand in the piece and run a bead of glue along the bottom with the other.
Now fold in half matching the bottom points and hold until glue sets. This forms the bottom of your pumpkin.
5. Stuff as full as you would like and then run another bead of hot glue along the inside of the top opening and press to close.
6. Run a bead of glue along the outside of the the top now and fold it in half also (like you did with the bottom)
7. Now for the tiny bit of sewing. As with the other pumpkin, you will want to use a long piece of embroidery floss and a honkin big needle. Thread the needle and knot the end of your thread. Start at the bottom and stick your needle in and squish your pumpkin allowing your to pull your needle out the top. Because you glued this together you will want to be careful where you stick your needle.
8. Take a stitch across the top and then back down through the pumpkin and out the bottom pulling tight.
That will form an indent like so.