Yesterday my sister Whitney showed up at my house and surprised me.
I couldn’t believe it.
I was sitting at the computer—working on the blog and wondering where the week went and how I could add more minutes to the week and if I needed to get a pedicure because it was October and my toes were about to go into hibernation—and all of a sudden I looked up and there she was.
Out of the blue.
Smiling and laughing and telling me about her knee and Jamaica and wearing hats and why she stopped drinking diet coke.
But the best part?
She brought me this DIY sweater pumpkin.
During the day, Whitney has a very important job helping people to save their hearts at the American Heart Association. She runs heart walks and puts together campaigns and educates people to help make the hearts of America live longer and beat stronger.
But when she’s not saving the world?
Except she takes it to another crafting level.
Like the time she made art out of books and the time she made a book into the state of Kentucky and the Christmas she made this felted book cover.
And those are just drops in her crafting bucket.
So of course she showed up with pumpkins.
Of course she told me they were easy to make.
Of course she told me I needed to find sweaters and give this pumpkin some brothers and sisters.
This black and white pumpkin is a long-lost cousin to the pumpkin she made me last year.
They really are pretty simple to make.
Here are the directions according to heart-saver, champion crafter Whitney:
1. Start with a black and white houndstooth wool sweater. You may have one in your closet. You may have one around the corner from you at a thrift store. Just pick your shade of pumpkin orange sweater and head to the washing machine.
2. Felt the wool sweater. This is so much easier than it sounds. Basically, it involves a washing machine, hot water, soap, and patience.
I found this step-by-step tutorial on how to felt a sweater here.
3. Cut out circles out of your wool felted orange sweater.
You’ll need approximately 50-75 for a small pumpkin like this.
4. Find a pumpkin form.
The inside of this pumpkin is a paper mache pumpkin form Whitney got at Hobby Lobby.
5. Start at the bottom of the pumpkin.
Glue the circles in rows.
Each row should overlap the other in a circle as shown.
6. Cut out a star from the brown felt sweater.
Glue to the top of the pumpkin.
Roll a small tube to create a stem and glue to the center of the pumpkin.
Sisters are wonderful.
Especially when they arrive unexpectedly for sweet tea with laughter and stories.
Especially when they see a thrift store sweater and visualize something like this.
But especially when they show up to make your day a little brighter.
And brings a pumpkin along for the ride.
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