I am so excited to share this fun little Fall craft with you guys! We have loved making these No Sew Shirt Sleeve Pumpkins this week, they are just adorable! And they are just as easy to make as they are cute.
The supply list for these little pumpkins isn’t long, and I bet you have most of the stuff around already! The supplies I didn’t have on hand I picked up pretty inexpensively; a bag of fiberfill stuffing for less than $4 and the jute twine was around $3 at Walmart, you might be able to do better with coupons at craft stores though.
- Long-sleeved shirt
- Jute twine
- Rubber bands
- Fiberfill for stuffing
- Mod Podge
- Pencils (that you don’t mind getting clue on!)
- Optional: Artificial Fall Leaf (similar to what I used)
No Sew Shirt Sleeve Pumpkins Tutorial
I promise this is actually very easy, I have broken it down step by step for you.
1. Cut a section of the shirt sleeve so that it is straight on both ends. One end will be wider than the other.
2. Turn the sleeve inside out. Cut 6 lengths of jute twine that are a little longer than the sleeve section, Tie all six of the strands together with one knot and insert the twine so that the knot protrudes from the wider end.
3. Gather up the wide sleeve end with the knot, and secure with a rubber band.
4. Turn the sleeve right side out, the longer twin sections will now be visible and the know will be inside the soon to be pumpkin.
5. Stuff the sleeve with the polyester fiberfill until it is pretty full (no-one wants a flat pumpkin!) and secure the top with the second rubber band.
6. Gather the twine around the pumpkin, spacing them as much as possible, and secure them through the rubber band. Adjust your pumpkin and make it take shape! Firmly tug on each of the twine pieces until you have achieved the look of pumpkin sections, tie them off two at a time. You can also pull up the sleeve end to help smooth the pumpkin.
7. To make the stem: Using another length of twine (I waited to cut it until I was through, so the length will vary), tie a knot around the rubber band, leaving several inches of twine at the end. Begin wrapping the twine around the fabric. Wind the twine back down and then tie a knot with the other end.
8. To make you excess twine look like vines, I like to unwind some of them and even separate them to create the fibrous effect that pumpkin vines have, but I also like to curl one or two also. Protect your pumpkin with a plastic bag, I just tore a hole in it and feed the twine and stem through.
9. Coat several of the twine ends with Mod Podge, I just smeared it on with my fingers, you could use a foam brush.
10. Wind the Mod Podged twine around a pencil and let them dry about 15 minutes. Don’t leave the pencil in the twine much longer or it will stick!
11. Reshape the tendrils as needed after you remove the pencils. I added an artificial leaf to finish off my pumpkins.
There you have it! Quick and easy No Sew Shirt Sleeve Pumpkins, make a bunch and create a little pumpkin patch of no sew shirt sleeve pumpkins!