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Upcycled Sweater Pumpkins

This Craft Transforms Outgrown Sweaters into Festive Pumpkins

— October 24, 2013 — Eco
Instagram user 'ledreamscometrue' makes use of thrift store finds for this upcycled sweater project.

The effect is created by chopping up sleeves of a sweater, stitching the bottom back together, stuffing it and topping it with a root-like top. These fabric pumpkins look like they use the sleeve from a small brown sweater or sock with scalloping around the edges to create the look of the pumpkin's handle.

Although any color, size and fabric could be used for this DIY craft, the texture from the sleeves of a ribbed orange sweater creates the perfect pumpkin look-alike. As well as being an awesome Halloween decoration, this is a fantastic way to repurpose sweaters that have just become too small, worn or have a small hole in them.
Trend Themes
1. Upcycled Home Decor - Crafting upcycled home decor items using thrift store finds presents an opportunity for sustainable innovation.
2. Textile Recycling - Recycling textiles to make new products can open up a range of sustainable business opportunities.
3. DIY Crafting - DIY crafting with recycled materials is a growing trend that businesses could tap into for eco-friendly innovation.
Industry Implications
1. Thrift Store - Thrift store industry could embrace upcycling trends with crafting events and workshops utilizing donated materials.
2. Home Decor - Home decor businesses can expand their product range with eco-friendly, upcycled items crafted from recycled materials.
3. Textile Manufacturing - Textile manufacturing industry could explore opportunities in recycling and repurposing post-consumer textiles for sustainable innovation.
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