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Easy DIY Fall Wreath With Repurposed Flannel Shirt Sleeves

Are you like me and try not to let anything go to waste? I do my fair share of donating items we no longer need but what about saving old clothes just for the fabric? Because you never know when that fabric will come in handy, am I right?

Like when I turned an old sweater into pretty white Sweater Pumpkins. Or when I made my Mom an Alzheimer's Busy Blanket with zippers and pockets and buttons from some of her old clothing. Or like last week when I lined a wooden trunk with an old flannel shirt.

After finishing the trunk lining, I was left with just the shirt collar and two sleeves. Not wanting those to go to waste, I repurposed them into an Easy DIY Flannel Fall Wreath that can be made in about 10 minutes.
Easy DIY Fall Wreath With Repurposed Flannel Shirt Sleeves
And aside from being quick and easy, it's super inexpensive too because other than the flannel, everything to make it was purchased at the dollar store.
Fall Flannel Wreath Materials
I did end up using more Fall florals than pictured above because I found it a little too sparse for my taste buds. Thankfully during my trip to the dollar store, I bought way more than I needed because you never know when inspiration will strike for another Fall project.

I've included a Materials List at the bottom of this post so you can see what products I used or recommend to make this project.
Easy Fall Flannel Shirt Sleeve Wreath

Easy DIY Fall Wreath With Repurposed Flannel Shirt Sleeves



I've included a short video tutorial for your convenience.

Video Tutorial:


Written Tutorial:

Contained Straw On Fall Wreath form

Step 1 - Contain straw in wreath form

Straw wreaths are very messy and so to keep the straw from getting everywhere while you work, wrap the wreath form in plastic kitchen wrap.
Shirt Sleeves Cut For Fall Flannel Wreath

Step 2 - Cut shirt sleeves

In order to wrap the shirt sleeves around the straw wreath form, simply cut the back side of the sleeves as pictured above.
Flannel Shirt Sleeve Cuff for DIY Fall Wreath

Step 3 - Close gap on cuffs

So the plastic wrapped wreath form doesn't peer through any gaps, run a bead of hot glue on the inside of each cuff to close the opening.
Shirt Sleeves Wrapped On DIY Flannel Wreath

Step 4 - Wrap shirt sleeves around wreath form

Wrap the sleeve over the wreath form and fold the raw edges inside. Overlap the pieces and tack in place with a bead of hot glue. No need to be fussy because you won't see it from the front but we wary not to wrap the sleeve too tight or too loose (pictured above).

Overlap the second shirt cuff over the raw edge of the first sleeve and repeat the previous step (pictured below).
Second shirt sleeve wrapped on Flannel Fall Wreath
When you reach the cuff of the first sleeve, unbutton the cuff and fold open. Cut the excess fabric on the second sleeve and glue in place (as pictured below).
Joining shirt sleeves on DIY Fall Wreath
Fold the cuff over the raw fabric on the first sleeve and button the cuff (as pictured below).
Flannel shirt sleeves wrapped around DIY Fall Wreath
And your wreath should look like this when it's finished.
Easy Fall wreath using two flannel shirt sleeves
Now for the shirt collar that we salvaged...
Salvaged flannel shirt collar Fall wreath hanger

Step 5 - Shirt collar hanger

Simply wrap the shirt collar around the top of the wreath and button closed. Can't get any easier than that!
Dollar store floral picks embellish Flannel Fall Wreath

Step 6 - Embellish wreath with Fall florals

Starting with the largest florals, mine are yellow sunflowers, cut the stems and glue three centered between the top shirt cuff and the bottom of the wreath.

Arrange floral picks at different lengths, starting with the longest secure to the wreath behind the sunflowers. You will need to secure them towards the top of the pick as well to hold them in place.

Floral Tip: Arrange florals in groups of three.


Arrange the next group of floral picks slightly lower, also securing behind the sunflowers. Keep repeating until the florals are nice and full (as pictured above).

Repeat on the opposite side of the sunflowers (as pictured below).
DIY Fall Wreath using flannel shirt sleeves and dollar store floral picks
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links so you can see what products I used or recommend to complete this project. What that means is that if you click on one of the product links, I may receive a small portion of any sales at no additional cost to you to support the costs of running this site. See my disclosure policy page.

Materials List

Flannel Shirt Sleeves and Collar
Floral Wire Cutters
Hot Glue Gun (my personal preference)
Fabric Sewing Scissors
Large Straw Wreath Form
Fall Floral Picks
Artificial Sunflowers

Easy 10 Minute DIY Fall Flannel Wreath
Have I inspired you to dig through your closet or your fabric scrap bin to find a flannel shirt you can repurpose into a Fall Wreath? Flannel shirts make great winter and/or holiday wreaths too. If you like this idea, pin it for later and/or share it with a friend.
Easy DIY Fall Wreath Before and After
I'm curious if you have a salvaged garment pin at your house? What sorts of crafts have you made with an old shirt? Have you ever used a shirt to make a seasonal wreath and if so, for what season? I'd love to hear about it in the comment section below.

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Fabric Pumpkins With Cabinet Knob Stems

Would you believe we had our first snowfall yesterday? It melted as soon as it hit the ground BUT dang, it's only September. I'm keeping my finger's crossed this isn't a sign that we're headed for a long winter. Bundled in a sweater with the furnace running, my thoughts went to hot apple cider and decorating for Fall.

Are you like me and have a bin full of fabric leftover from former projects? Those scraps can be turned into the cutest pumpkins. Today I'm showing you how using remanents from an old red ticking stripe slipcover along with how to repurpose vintage kitchen cabinet knobs for the stems.

Decorating a tray for Fall using Fabric Pumpkins with Kitchen Cabinet Knob Stems.
Fabric Pumpkins with cabinet knob stems
If you're a visual person I've included a video tutorial below...

Video Tutorial


Fabric Pumpkins With Cabinet Knob Stems


Fabric Pumpkins with faux fern leaves

Full Tutorial

The steps for sewing the pumpkins are pretty much the same as my Sweater Pumpkins. Except with these, I used faux leaf picks and an old slipcover removed from our Chalk Painted Wing Chair. If you can sew a straight line, you can definitely make these pumpkins.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links so you can see what products I used or recommend to complete this project. What that means is that if you click on one of the product links, I may receive a small portion of any sales at no additional cost to you to support the costs of running this site. See my disclosure policy page.

Supplies:

Red Ticking Stripe Fabric or fabric of your choice
Matching All Purpose Thread
Cotton Batting
Twine
White Ceramic Kitchen Cabinet Knobs or knobs of your choice
Mod Podge or White Glue
Hot Glue Gun

Fabric Pumpkin Patch with Cabinet Knob Stems

Step 1: Cut fabric

The trick to measuring your fabric is to divide the width in half to get the height. I recommend making the pumpkins in multiple sizes, mine are in three as follows:

Large: 20-inches wide x 10-inches tall
Medium: 16-inches wide x 8-inches tall
Small: 12-inches wide by 6-inches tall

Step 2: Sew side seam

DIY Fabric Pumpkin Seams
  • Fold fabric with the short sides together (pictured above).
  • Sew the side seams together. I used the elastic stitch setting on my sewing machine, mimics a serged seam to help prevent the fabric from fraying.
  • If you don't have a sewing machine you could hand stitch the seam.

Step 3: Sew bottom seam

Gather baste stitch on Fabric Pumpkins
  • Sew the bottom seam using a basting stitch (largest stitch setting) and leave long threads on either end.
  • Gently pull on the top strand of thread to gather the fabric (pictured above).
  • Repeat by pulling the top strand of thread on the opposite side (pictured below).
  • Tie the ends to secure the gathers.


Option B: Gather the fabric in your hand and tie it off with an elastic band.


Gathered bottom seam on Fabric Pumpkins
Turn the pumpkin right side out (pictured below).
Base of DIY Fabric Pumpkins

Step 4: Fill pumpkins

Fill Fabric Pumpkins with cotton batting
Fill pumpkin with cotton batting up to approximately 1-1½ inches from the top (pictured above).

Step 5: Sew top seam

Baste stitch top seam on Fabric Pumpkins
  • With a needle and all-purpose thread, hand stitch the top closed (pictured above) and gather the fabric the same way as in Step 3.
  • Draw the points together into the center and stitch in place (pictured below).
DIY Fabric Pumpkins ready for twine ribs

Step 6: Twine ribs and tendrils

Cut twine the following lengths per size of pumpkin:
Large: 90-inches
Medium: 80-inches
Small: 70-inches

Stringing Fabric Pumpkin twine ribs

Tip 1: Be cautious when pushing the needle through so it doesn't poke your hand. 


Tip 2: Avoid this step if you have a feline family member nearby. Unless you want to get distracted by the playful kitty and completely forget about Tip #1. Ask me how I know.


  • With an 8-inch upholstery needle, thread a strand of twine through the top of the pumpkin and out the center of the bottom. You may want to use a thimble to help push the needle through the bulk of the pumpkin. 
  • Leave a long strand at the top for the first tendril.
  • Holding the tendril in place with your thumb, pull the thread over the pumpkin and insert the needle into the top center and back through the base. 
  • Wrap it over the opposite side of the pumpkin and pull taut to form the first two ribs and tie in a knot to hold in place.
  • Repeat the last two steps until you have eight ribs and tie in a knot to secure.
  • There should be two strands of twine at the top of the pumpkin for tendrils (pictured below).
Fabric Pumpkin twine ribbon ribs

Step 7: Cabinet knob stems

Pierce hole for Fabric Pumpkin Knob Stems

  • Using an Awl, poke a hole through the top and down to the bottom of the pumpkin and move the Awl in a back and forth motion to create a large enough hole (pictured above). Be careful during this step because the tip of that Awl is very sharp when it pops through the bottom. Ask me how I know.
  • Squish the pumpkin as tight as you can and from the bottom of the pumpkin, pull the cabinet knob screw through the hole created by the Awl and out the top of the pumpkin (pictured below). I'm not going to lie, lining up the screw can get a bit frustrating but be patient.
  • Twist the knob onto the screw and hand tighten to secure. You may need to use a screwdriver to tighten the knob completely. 
Inserting Cabinet Knob Stem into Fabric Pumpkin

Step 8: Adding leaves

Faux fern leaf picks for Fabric Pumpkins
I save everything and had quite the collection of faux greens in a large plastic tote. I found several faux fern leaf picks (pictured above) that I believe have been in my stash for over 20 years.

I removed the stems from the pick and simply hot glued them in place under the cabinet knobs (pictured below).
Attaching faux leaves on Fabric Pumpkins

Step 9: Curling the tendrils

Curl Faux Pumpkin tendrils with white glue
Use foil to protect the pumpkins during this next step. Don't they remind you of a group of ladies with hair strands poking through their highlighting caps at the salon?

This is when your grown children's labeled school markers that you've kept all these years come in handy.
Curling tendrils on Fabric Pumpkins
  • Pour white glue or Mod Podge into a plastic container.
  • Dip your fingers into the glue and rub it all over the twine tendrils.
  • Wrap the twine around the markers and leave them to dry for no more than an hour.
  • Carefully slide the markers off the tendrils and let completely dry while still curled.
  • Once dry, loosen the tendril curls to your liking.

I'm so glad to have put more of the remanents from our red ticking stripe slipcover to good use and just love these cute little fabric pumpkins. 
DIY Red Ticking Stripe Fabric Pumpkins With Knob Stems
There may appear to be a lot of steps to make these but this entire pumpkin patch can be made in a day.
Red Ticking Stripe Fabric Pumpkins In Fall Tray
While my red ticking stripe pumpkins have a Farmhouse look, you can create glamourous ones by using velvet and pretty glass or beaded knobs. Or warm and cozy pumpkins with sweaters and wooden knobs. What about whimsical ones with bold colors and patterns and metal knobs. The possibilities are endless.

Last Fall I made similar pumpkins with an old sweater and leftover fabric from our Queen Anne Armchairs Makeover You can find them here in my post Sweater Pumpkins With Cabinet Knob Stems.

Can you tell I love decorating with pumpkins in the Fall. The year before I made Burlap Pumpkins, Chalk Painted Pumpkins, and Metallic Pumpkins. You can find them here in my post DIY Pumpkin Patch.

Have you ever made fabric pumpkins? I'd love to hear how you made yours in the comment section below.

If you found this Fabric Pumpkin tutorial helpful, please share it with a friend or save it on Pinterest.
Fabric Pumpkins With Cabinet Knob Stems

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How To Make Sweater Pumpkins With Vintage Cabinet Knob Stems

Hello friends, it's Frugal Decor Tuesday and today I'm going to show you how to repurpose kitchen cabinet knobs and an old sweater. I didn't invent the wheel with this project and if you're an avid Pinterest user, you've probably seen and pinned a few. Pinterest was my inspiration last year when these were becoming popular and I've been wanting to make some ever since.

I debated whether to write a post about this project because of its popularity but then I got to thinking that perhaps not all of my readers follow Pinterest. There could be a chance that some of you haven't seen this idea yet and so I write this tutorial with you in mind.

So without further ado, here is my tutorial on How To Make Sweater Pumpkins but with a twist, using old kitchen cabinet knobs for the stems.They cost me nothing to make as everything was found by shopping my home.

Sweater Pumpkins with cabinet knobs

Last year I impulsively purchased this inexpensive short sleeve sweater at a discount store. It lost its shape after the first wash and has been sitting on the bottom shelf of my closet ever since.

Sweater Pumpkins from an old sweater

Today we're going to give that sweater a new life, along with a hand full of kitchen cabinet knobs that a friend gave me when they refinished their kitchen.

Sweater Pumpkins Fabric Close Up

I think the kitchen cabinet knobs make adorable pumpkin stems.

Sweater Pumpkins with knob stems

The leaves are leftover fabric from our Living Room Armchairs makeover.

Sweater Pumpkins with fabric leaves

How To Make Sweater Pumpkins

Materials List

  • White sweater
  • Needle and white all purpose thread
  • Batting
  • Twine
  • Needle with large eye
  • Long Upholstery needle
  • Kitchen cabinet knobs
  • Awl
  • Fabric swatch (for leaves)
  • Sharp scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Hot glue gun

Step 1: Taking apart the sweater

Cut up sweater for Sweater Pumpkins

Cut away the seams with sharp scissors (I used pinking shears to avoid fraying). If your sweater has sleeves, unlike mine, cut them along the armholes but don't remove the side seams, they will make at least two pumpkins.

Step 2: Cutting the sweater for each pumpkin

Sweater cut into pieces for Sweater Pumpkins
  1. Starting at the bottom of both the front and back of the sweater pieces, measure the width.
  2. Divide that measurement in half to get the height of each piece. Eg; if your sweater is 20-inches wide then the height of this piece will be 10-inches (as pictured above).
  3. Repeat that same formula moving your way up to the neckline.
  4. I got four pumpkins out of the front and back pieces of my sweater.

Step 3: Sewing the side seams of each pumpkin

Sewing DIY Sweater Pumpkins
  1. Fold each piece with the short sides together inside out (as pictured above).
  2. Sew the short sides together. I used a sewing machine but if you don't have one available, you could hand stitch the seams.
  3. Leave one end open with a raw edge.
  4. Sew the other end using a basting stitch (large stitches), leaving long threads on each end (as pictured above).

Step 4: Gather the fabric together on one end

Gathered base of DIY Sweater Pumpkin
  1. Gently pulling on one strand of thread on each end (shown in the previous photo), gather the fabric together and tie the ends to secure in place.
  2. Another option is gathering the fabric in your hand and tieing it off with an elastic band.
  3. Repeat either 1 or 2 for all four pumpkins.
  4. Turn them right side out.

Step 5: Filling the pumpkins

Sweater Pumpkins stuffed with batting

Fill each pumpkin with batting (as pictured above).

Step 6: Sewing the pumpkins closed

Sweater Pumpkins sewn closed


  1. With a needle and white all purpose thread, draw the fabric together at two opposite points and sew together.
  2. Repeat by gathering the other two opposite points.
  3. Continue around the pumpkin until all the points are drawn to the center and sewn together (as pictured above).

Step 7: Making twine pumpkin ribs

Twine ribs on DIY Sweater Pumpkin
  1. Using a long upholstery needle, thread a long strand of twine through the eye of the needle.
  2. You will want something to help push the needle through all the bulk of the pumpkin as you work (see plastic cutting board pictured above).
  3. Starting from the top, pull the twine through the pumpkin and out the center of the base, leaving a long strand at the top (will become a tendril).
  4. Holding the tendril in place with your thumb, pull the thread over the pumpkin and insert the needle into the center and back through the base.
  5. Wrap it over the opposite side of the pumpkin and pull taut to form the first two ribs and tie in a knot to hold in place.
  6. Repeat 3-5 until you have eight ribs (as pictured above) and tie in a knot to secure.
  7. There should be two long strands of twine poking through the center of the pumpkin (tendrils).
Warning: Be cautious when pushing the needle through so it doesn't poke your hand. How do I know this? I'm still sporting a band-aid.

Step 8: Adding the cabinet knob stems

Cabinet knob stems on Sweater Pumpkins
  1. Poke a hole through the top and down to the bottom of the pumpkin using an Awl.
  2. Squish the pumpkin as tight as you can and pull the stem of the knob through the hole and out the bottom of the pumpkin.
  3. Place the nut onto the stem on the bottom of the pumpkin and tighten to secure.

Step 9: Curling the tendrils

Sweater Pumpkin Twine Tendrils
  1. Pour some Mod Podge into a small bowl.
  2. Tip the pumpkin upside down and dip the twine strands into the Mod Podge and remove the excess by running your fingers along the twine.
  3. Wrap the twine around small Dowling, wooden skewers, or a pencil.
  4. Before they dry and attach themselves permanently (around 5-minutes), gently slide the tendrils off and let them dry while curled.

Step 10: Adding the leaves

Sweater Pumpkin fabric leaves
  1. I wanted my leaves to be a little pliable so I brushed the back of my fabric with Mod Podge and let it dry overnight. You can skip this step if you prefer.
  2. Using a fabric leaf as a template, simply trace the leaf pattern onto the back of the fabric.
  3. Cut two leaves per pumpkin.
  4. Add hot glue to the wrong side of the leaf at the base and slip under the knob stem (as pictured above).
  5. Repeat for the second leaf and glue on the opposite side of the knob.
  6. Unravel the tendrils a little and Voila, you are done! 

Four DIY Sweater Pumpkins

Two large DIY Sweater Pumpkins

Medium and small sweater pumpkins

If you like what you see, please pin this to your Fall decorating board...

Sweater Pumpkins With Vintage Cabinet Knob Stems

Have I inspired you to go through your closet for an old sweater? If you can't find one, thrift stores are filled with them this time of year.

I also made similar pumpkins using red ticking stripe fabric and faux fern leaves. You can find a video and a written tutorial here in my post Fabric Pumpkins With Cabinet Knob Stems.

I also made Burlap Pumpkins, Chalk Painted Pumpkins, and Metallic Pumpkins. You can find them here in my post DIY Pumpkin Patch.

You will find this project linked to these fabulous LINK PARTIES.

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