My poor sweater bit the dust. It was the perfect color to go with anything and the perfect weight for our chilly then suddenly warm Arizona weather. I think what did it in was strapping on Child #1 into the baby carrier while towing a protesting Child #2 as we walked Child #3 into kindergarten every morning. Apparently, that school year was just too much for the sweater to withstand (and probably mom too) and hole after hole, it slowly become unwearable.
But do you think I tossed it? No! It was re-purposed into a DIY sweater winter wreath. And while at it, I also upcycled an old scarf to create accent flower rosettes. And this is how I did it…
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diy sweater winter wreath
– Old sweater
– Craft scissors
– Straight pins
– Styrofoam extruded wreath (I used an 16″ wreath form size)
Determine which part of the sweater you want to use. Cut 4-6″ wide strips the length of the sweater.
Secure one end of the strip to the inside of the foam wreath with a straight pin. Wrap it around the wreath. Continue doing this until you cover the entire wreath.
use the sweater pockets as a bow
If the sweater has pockets – as mine did – gather each pocket to mimic the look of a round bow. Secure with straight pins.
Friendly note: Your sweater doesn’t have pockets. No problem. Cut additional long sweater strips (possibly gluing ends together to make a longer length) and wrap around top of wreath form and tie a bow.
Cut two short strips from any part of the sweater (I used a contrasting section) and pin underneath the bow.
Learn how I upcycled an old scarf into accent floral rosettes to add to the wreath. Check out the tutorial here.
What have you re-purposed recently? Tell me in the comments.