Monday, February 20, 2012

Sweater Projects

Here are a few sweater projects I've been waiting to make, I had to get a new sewing machine first!

The old one lasted me 40 years and probably had about 200,000 miles on it... 
I figured it was more cost efficient to 
get a new one than to have the old one fixed...
Heavy duty, very simple, no bells or whistles...
it's just what I needed! 

So now I'm ready to sew!
I liked this sweater a lot... it was a little big so I thought I'd sacrifice it for the cause...

I pinned out a square...

Got the approval of my assistant...

and sewed around the pins...

Then I cut out the square...

Turned the fabric right-side-out and stuffed 
a pillow form inside the cover...

With the leftover fabric from the sides of the square...

I made one of these...

Actually, several... and sewed them onto the pillow.

Easy as pie!

But wait! 
There was more sweater left!

The sleeve made a nice slouchy candle 
or vase cozy...
Love the texture!

And the turtleneck... 

made a great ear warmer/ headband for
the cold weather!

Now that was one useful sweater!


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  1. Simple. Elegant. Brilliant! (I believe we were sisters in another life!) Ya know....I love sweater upcycling! :)

  2. Love it & its Green!

  3. Wonderful! How fun to get so many projects out of one sweater.

  4. Great ideas! And I love the "assistant!" Blessings, Sharon

  5. Love these projects! So have a great blog! I'm following along too.


  6. Great ideas. LOVE the pillow idea the most.
    NEW FOLLOWER so can't wait to see what you come up with next!

  7. It's me! Your newest follower :) Thanks for stopping by Joy2Journey!

  8. Wow! I've recycled sweaters many times but never every last bit... You rock!

  9. This reminds me of what they say about organ donation ... that one life (or in this case, sweater) can do so much. It was a great sweater to start with, and your creations look great. I never thought to pin out a sweater pillow before cutting it out ... I usually struggle to get the fabric to stay under the foot of the sewing machine, as it desperately tries to escape. I'm definitely going to try this!

  10. Susan, that pillow is beautiful! What a nice job and the vase warmer and the headband is cute too!

  11. Great ideas, they all came out beautiful! I love the cat just hanging out in the one photo! I found you through the blog hop and I am your newest follower! I would love it if you could drop by Moose Mouse Creations and follow me too!

  12. I'd love for you to link it up to my party. You can win a chance of free home decor just for linking up:
    Hope to see you there.

  13. That is great! Who knew a sweater could be so versatile?!

  14. LOVE it! New follower from the hop, I would LOOOVE a 'follow back" thanks in advance!


  15. simply the best! I have just the perfect sweater to do this with. thank you for the inspiration! I'm a follower now!


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