DIY Sweater Upcycling – All You Need To Know

Making something out of a felted wool sweater is the BEST!  Most of you know that sweater upcycling is something I get excited about and love to do.

Since my last post about it, I have made one of my upcyling sweater classes available through YouTube.  Although this class is a free class on Skillshare, you still have to go through the hassle of joining and all that jazz.

It is now available through my TEACHABLE platform as well. Here you DO NOT  have to sign up for anything. I am excited about that! I wanted to make it accessible to more people and make it easier to access.

In this sweater upcycling class tutorial, I will show you how to:

  • ONE: How to choose the right sweaters for your project
  • TWO: How to felt/shrink wool sweaters
  • THREE: How to disassemble and store your sweaters
  • FOUR: Project ideas and how use different parts of the sweater

So, here it is.

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This is a great time of the year to find an old sweater and make some fun Christmas gifts. There are so many fun things you can make. In this post you can get the written version of all the details.

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Sewing patterns can be accessed in my Etsy shop, Craftsy shop and some are available here in my shop. (If you don’t want to go through Etsy or Craftsy and you don’t see the pattern you want in my store, send me a note and I will list it for you).

Let me know if you have any questions.

Have fun sewing!

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Upcycled Sweater Stars – Free Pattern and Tutorial

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Can you believe Christmas is just around the corner? It’s time to get out your sweater stash and make some fun things for the holidays. These upcycled sweater stars are so simple to make and can be embellished in so many ways.

Hang them from a door knob, embellish a gift package, put them on your Christmas tree, or just simply set a few on a shelf.  Depending on what sweater or other material you use, each one will sew up a little differently. That is what makes them so fun to make. Mix and match colors, textures, buttons and balls to your hearts content.

I was so excited to find this yellow sweater at the thrift store one day. A yellow wool sweater is always a good find. They are rare and hard to find. It was the perfect sweater for a warm, holiday star!

If you would like some tips on how to felt wool sweaters and how to get them ready for craft projects, I have a FREE online video class. You can read more about it HERE.

You can make them with:

  • felted wool sweaters (my favorite)
  • mixed fiber sweaters
  • knits
  • fleece
  • felt
  • woven fabrics

Other Items that you will need:

  • Downloadable printable pattern (GET IT HERE)
  • Sewing machine (although it can be sewn by hand)
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Needle & Thread
  • Fiber fill stuffing
  • Embellishments (optional) buttons, jingle bells, sweater balls, etc.
  • Loop material for hanging (twine, ribbon, embroidery floss, etc.)

Instructions:

1-  Download, print and cut out pattern.

There are two sizes.

 

2-  Cut two stars out of the fabric of your choice.

(Felted wool sweaters, mixed fiber sweaters, fleece, knit, and woven fabrics will work as well)

3-  Place star pieces Right Sides Together (RST) and pin in place.

4-  Starting at one star point, backstitch and then sew around stopping where indicated to leave space for filling.

5-  Trim seam.

6-  Clip star tips and inside corners.

7-  Turn the inside out

Poke star tips out using the tips of scissors, or a wood turning tool.

This is the polyester fiber fill that I use. As you can see, I buy it in the big bag to have on hand for all my crafting adventures.

8-  Stuff the star, poking the fiber filling out into the star tips.

Use a turning tool or the tips of a pair of closed scissors. (only if they have a rounded tip). Be careful not to poke through the fabric!

9-  Double thread a needle and knot the end.

10- Sew the opening closed using a slip stitch.

You can watch a demonstration of how to sew the slip stitch HERE.

10- To make indent in the middle (optional) double thread a needle and knot the end.

Making a dimple or indent in the star, makes it easier to place a button or bell on the front of the star.

11- Stick the needle in the back and pull through into the inside.

12- Stitch back and forth through both layers several times, pulling tight to form a dimple.

Here are a few ideas of what you can use to embellish your star.

13- Sew or glue, the button, bell or sweater ball to the star.

14- To make a loop to hang the star:

Here are some options of what to use to hang your star.

  • Jute (I use this stuff for everything)
  • Colored twine
  • Ribbon
  • Embroidery floss
  • Crafting trim

Cut a strip of yarn, embroidery floss, ribbon, jute, etc. about 10 inches long. Fold in half and make a knot on the end.

15- Using a needle and thread, whip stitch the knotted area onto the end of a star tip.

Ta-dah!

I bet you can’t wait to whip up a bunch more!

These sweater stars would be a fun Thanksgiving craft. Someone in my family usually comes up with a simple craft for all of us to make while we sit and chat. I wonder what we’ll make this year? I will have to keep you posted.

Send me a note if you have any questions while sewing up your stars.

You can find other fun things to make with upcycled wool sweaters in my Etsy shop and my Craftsy shop.

This is a great time to get started on your Christmas gift making. Here are a few other ideas.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!

jan

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DIY Christmas Gift – Mistletoe and Mrs. Meyer’s Pine Dish Soap

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Have any of you tried Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap? If you haven’t you need to give it a whirl. A few months ago I was in Santa Barbara, California on a business trip with my husband and I popped into a Whole Foods Market (one of my most favorite stores). I always check to see if they have any of Mrs. Meyer’s products on sale.  They did, and there was a new pine scent, IOWA PINE. I couldn’t resist.

They only had one bottle left, so I got it. I could see a cute red ribbon around the lid with a fun Christmas note. So when I got home, I got online and ordered a bunch for Christmas gifts. They had a great deal going with free shipping. I got some dish soaps and hand soaps in this scent. I know I may be a little strange giving “dish soap” to the neighbors, but I like giving something that is useful and simple. So here you have it, a sprig of mistletoe and a bottle of Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap AND a cheesy note to go with it. That is the best I could come up with.

 

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There is still a little time left to get out your felted green sweater scraps or felt pieces and whip you up a few sprigs of mistletoe to go with your gifts.

Where do you get the pattern and tutorial?

The mistletoe tutorial can be found here and the pine scented soap is available here.

dish soap sprig of mistletoe

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