Monday, January 24, 2011

Upcycling a Sweater

Last week I saw an interesting article
on the Etsy blog (find it here)
about recycling an old sweater into mittens.
I decided to play around with the technique
using a felted sweater.
Unfortunately, my blogger's instinct
didn't kick in fast enough,
so I didn't get a "before" picture.
The "Women's" sized sweater became
the "Child's" sized one you see above
after felting.
I was able to get one mitten
from each sleeve.
After stitching them they look a little plain
so I'm going to embellish them, but with what?

The first place to look is my button box!

Buttons, or stitching???
I haven't yet decided.

Aren't these cute?
Kate had a sweater with them on it
when she was a little girl.
I see a pair of kid's mittens in my future,
just to use these buttons.

I haven't yet embellished my mittens,
so I can't show you the finished results.
Other duties call today and
I need to work on an order, so...later.
But, I did get this little guy made
out of some of my felted scraps.
A little sheep made from real wool!
Now that's recycling!
I'm linking this post to
All Things Inspired at All Things Heart and Home
Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday...Crafts


Stitchfork said...

cute sheep! Looking forward to seeing how you finish your mittens.
xo Cathy

Christine Jargick said...

adorable. and I love the sheep!

Chrissy said...

I just upcycled a sweater for my dog Isabella, now to make another one and figure out something for the rest of it. How cute are those mittens and the sheep :)
Thanks for sharing

LambAround said...

I love that little sheep. Ooh, and the little sheep accent too! Though, I am partial to sheep ;)

There's a fun surprise awaiting you on my blog tonight :)

Robin said...

Sweetie...the mittens are darling and your photos are simply ART! I love the one with the darling buttons spread out!
All Things Heart and Home

House Revivals said...

Cute mittens! I love your little sheep, too~

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