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!

Susan


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16 comments:

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

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  2. Love it & its Green!
    http://wannabegreenash.blogspot.com/

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

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

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

    Kristen

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

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

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

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  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!

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

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  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!

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  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: http://trophyw.blogspot.com/2012/02/will-craft-for-laughter-and-grace.html
    Hope to see you there.

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

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

    Sarah

    http://sarahmarieyankee.blogspot.com

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  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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