I got this bright red, gently-used sweater along with a couple of other items for free at a consignment store with a Groupon gift certificate! It was too wide and too short and stretched out here and there, so I immediately knew it was going to become my next What can you make with a . . . project.
First, I made the heart mini-pillows I shared in this post. Then I made the big sweater pillow I shared in this post. After that, I made a business card/gift card/credit card/reward card case with floral pockets and a vintage earring button closure (click here for a great tutorial from The Crafty Cupboard) and three flower brooches with vintage earring centers. The neck and hem ribbing I hadn’t used up as ruffles on the big pillow will be package wraps (picture a small box wrapped in kraft paper with these pretty red buttoned bands stretched around them). Finally, I cut all the little bits into triangles and made bunting by stitching them onto the fun button-design ribbon I recently bought from Lizzie Rose Jewelry.
Another fun haul! ♥
Man, now I want to go out and get some sweaters to cut up! Your crafts are so adorable!
Thank you! 🙂 It sounds like you need a trip to the thrift store soon! 🙂
I know, I know! I have always wanted to make our dog Nikita a long neck pillow for the end of the bed, where every night she can place her weary little head on it to fall asleep. A cute sweater might do just that!
They do make the SOFTEST pillows! And they’re really easy to work with! And come in such pretty colors and patterns! Can’t wait to see what you make! 🙂
Awww . . . thank you, Marilyn! 🙂
You are a sewing wizard! I love when you refashion an item of clothing into a million amazing projects. Love this particular combination of bunting and hearts.
Thank you, Lauren! It’s a fun little hobby and gives me a chance to try out some new crafty projects. 🙂
Very Nice looking in The Room For Reds. You’re sharing so many great ideas for decorating with red. Great Creativity by you. I like the Crafty Cupboard Site. Thanks for sharing it. http://projectsbyMtetar.wordpress.com
You’re so welcome, Mtetar! 🙂
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What a lovely comment to wake up to this morning! Thank you! And I’ve put the *sweet* button you gave me in my sidebar with a link to YOUR blog! 🙂 Have a wonderful day, Shobhnaa! 🙂
Thank you so much for including “Sweet batch” with my blog’s link in your lovely blog. Pleasure is all mine 🙂
Love it, particularly the red roses:) this winter I have been disappointed with only finding one 100% wool sweater in the charity shops.. a sign of the times that people are not parting with their clothes, but not great for my crafts!! Inspired me to finish my own blog post re what can one make with a wool skirt!! Vicky
Thank you, Vicky! I’ve made tons of these fabric flowers, but this sweater fabric made the prettiest ones . . . so fluffy, like a real flower! Have you posted your “what can you make with a wool skirt?” post yet? If so, can you send me a link so I can make sure I saw it? THANK YOU!
Oh, and the post about your adorable bag and shop has hit 100 LIKES! You’re a big hit! 🙂 https://pillowsalamode.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/vicky-myers-design/
Not posted it yet!! So far I have made a bag, and a skirt for my daughter.. plan on having a go at making a glass jar pin cushion lid, and ereader cover (mines getting a little dusty with no cover!).
That’s brilliant, thank you:) 12 clicked through directly to Etsy 🙂 Managed to get 3 more childrens bucket bag listed last week too:) Vicky
Once again you have done an amazing job on a simple sweater! It’s lovely to see the ribbon you bought from me in action! Would you mind if I featured it in my blog to show it off? Cath
That would be lovely! I don’t know if you can tell from the photo, but to attach the triangles, I simply held them in place and hand-stitched them on through the “button holes” on the ribbon from the back with embroidery floss. It was super easy and I just love it! 🙂 Thanks again for the fun ribbon!
What a great idea to stitch through the buttons! I will post something soon – I have visitors who are leaving tonight so will have more time shortly to get organised and spend more time at the computer! Cath
Hi Kathy, I have now written a post about your project- it was first on my ‘to-do’ list! Thanks again! Cath
I just read it . . . lovely! Thank you, Catherine! Hugs from the *other* Katherine! 🙂
You’re very welcome, your talents deserve to be shown off! 🙂
I have some of that button ribbon on my website! You have given me a great idea for a mothers day make, that bunting is gorgeous!
Yay! And I do love that button ribbon! Can’t wait to see your bunting, Tracy! (And I’ll be featuring your shop on my blog soon!) 🙂
I love your heart pillow and brooches! They are so awesome!
Love how you have created so many beautiful items with one sweater, very creative and inspiring! Love that red too!
Thank you! It’s always fun to see what I can make with all the little bits! 🙂
Thank you, Lisa! They’re definitely soft and fluffy! 🙂
So bright and cheerful. I would love to sit on that chair.
Thank you! And I love this chair, too. We have two of them at our kitchen island (they’re tall, like bar stools). They’re VERY comfy! 🙂
Now that’s a real lesson on repurposing.
Thank you . . . lots of fun for me! 🙂
I have a few sweaters I’ve been dying to make into pillows! Thanks for the inspiration!! 🙂 these look awesome! And I’m constantly amazed at how you can make so much stuff with just one item!
I’m on a roll with sweater pillows now, Heather! They’re SO easy to make! And so pretty! I love having them all around the house in winter . . . so cozy! : I can’t wait to see yours! 🙂
Katherine, I love all these hearts; they are all so pretty! I still can’t believe everything you make out of sweater; it’s amazing! Again loving your creativity! 🙂
Thank you, Ingrid! I have a couple more “what can you makes” in the works . . . it’s a fun little hobby! 🙂
Cute, cute Katherine!
Thank you! 🙂
For some reason, I’m having a problem with your “like” button… it won’t let me register a “like.” Not sure what’s up with that, but hopefully it will correct soon. I wanted to give a thumbs up on the use of the red sweater… very clever!
Thank you, Kerri! I don’t know what’s up with the “likes” either. Only the first row of them shows on posts now, and I miss seeing everyone’s gravatars! 🙂 But thank you for the lovely compliment! I have more “what can you make with . . .” projects in the works since I’ve been gifted with lots of hand-me-downs lately! 🙂
Love the red bunting! Super cute for Valentine’s Day. or any day for that matter!
Thank you, Beth! 🙂
You are soooooo talented! 🙂
That’s so sweet! But really I’m just having fun! 🙂
I know but boy are you talented! 🙂
“It was too wide and too short and stretched out here and there….”
I think this is the perfect second sentence in a needs-to-be-written children’s story about a bright red, gently used sweater…..!
You know . . . you’re RIGHT!!! 🙂
The pillows are great, I may send you a few sweaters slated for donation.
I’d love that! Then I can send them back to you as pillows! 🙂
Thank you, Patricia! 🙂
You made wonderful items from this beautiful sweater ,I love the flowers brooches.
I think they’re my favorite, too! 🙂
I’ve really enjoyed your “what can I make with a …” posts. You are very inventive and it is fun to see how many items come from something that could have been discarded. I will have to give it a go sometime.
Thank you! That’s really sweet of you to say. You’re so creative that I know you could have lots of fun with this! 🙂
You are so crafty!!! Love it!
Thank you! Loved your heart headband, too! 🙂
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WOW amazing, so many great ideas out of just one jumper, I can’t believe how far it went, I love the flowers. Linda x
Thank you, Linda! I never knew sweater fabric would work so well for these simple flowers, but it makes them SO fluffy! I’ll definitely try that again! 🙂
You are amazing!!
You’re too sweet! 🙂
You must eye up everything with a *PotentialProject* label inside you head Kathryn !
You are so inventive 🙂
I guess I do! Ooops . . . . that probably freaks people out when I’m eyeing something they’re WEARING, doesn’t it? 🙂
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How creative! I can’t believe you created all those cute projects from the one sweater. I love those red flowers and the mini hearts are adorable.
Thank you, Linda! I love how the flowers turned out so “fluffy” from that sweater fabric! 🙂