Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Recycled Sweater Wreath

Browsing projects made from sweaters got me inspired! I made this wreath for under $10 using thrift store sweaters and a grape vine wreath. Here's how:

Sweaters in a variety of colors and textures
Glue gun

So basically we have two shapes of flowers and freeform leaves. Assemble the flowers, cut the leaves, and hot glue them all to the wreath.

 Cut a long strip from a sweater. The sleeves or the bottom band work well for this. Apply a thin string of hot glue lengthwise on the bottom of the strip and fold in half. Cut slits into the folded edge. Apply hot glue to one end, and roll inwards. Continue applying glue and rolling, offsetting the layers slightly so that the center forms a dome shape. (See last photo)

Vary the depth and width of the cuts for each flower to make them look different:

Cut a circle of sweater into a spiral, leaving a circle at one end for the base. (A starting circle the size of a CD will make a pretty good sized rose, while a circle the size of a water bottle will make delicate little ones.) Beginning with the tapered end, roll the strip until you reach the base circle. Spread glue on the base circle, and press into the spiral. 

Again, the overall look of the finished flower will vary depending on the size and type of cloth. The above rose used a thin rib-knit sweater, and the following was made from a thick stockinette-knit sweater.

The leaves were cut freehand. I happened to find a sweater with a knitted leaf pattern, so I cut those out and layered them on top of plain knits.

Simple and fast! Let me know if you have any questions!


Jan Olson said...

You are so talented! I love the wreath. I bought the felt kit to make your clutch tutorial. You do amazing, beautiful, things with felt. So creative :)

SewSweetStitches said...

Aw, thank you so much! I'm glad you got the kit, you're going to LOVE this felt!