What can you make with a red sweater?



Red SweaterI 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! ♥


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  1. 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

  2. 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!

  3. 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! 🙂

  4. “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…..!

  5. 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.

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