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Monday, January 30, 2012

Make a Splash SWEATERS

Welcome to the very first Make a Splash post!

I want to give a very big thank you to all the ladies who participated in this first month.  Their assigned Secret Supply was sweaters and their results are amazing! 

So check out all these ideas, and you might change your mind about tossing those tired winter sweaters into the donation box.  (You'll see my comments in blue)

Up-Cycled Sweater Camera Strap Cover
I was so excited about Steph's Make A Splash Challenge!  I love a good challenge.  I was even more excited when she said the secret supply was sweaters!  I made a cute coffee cozy before using a sweater sleeve and I have been itching to up-cycle another sweater!  This time...a camera strap cover for my horribly uncomfortable one I have now!  I simply cut a ribbon of the cable sweater that had a pretty design.  One end of the ribbon had the finished bottom of the sweater and the other end I simply just folded over to create a hem.  Then I used a piece of scrap fabric to act as a binder and glued the edges together!  I fed my strap through and wah-lah!  A super cute, super comfy camera strap!  I am anxious to add a rosette or a pocket for my lens!  Thanks Steph for the great challenge!  
Beautiful Che!  I love the texture of the strip you chose.  And yay for comfy picture taking!

Sam from The Junk House

Bedazzled Sweater Frame

This frame is perfect to showoff those winter pictures! It was a cheap and easy project using a $1 thrift store frame and a $1 thrift store sweater (and hot glue). I also added a little bling with some rhinestones from my craft stash. Everything needs a little shimmer!
You're right, it is great for winter pictures.  So original!
Sarah from Alderberry Hill

Sweater Pillows 
This project has been on my list for the past year - I'm so happy to have completed it!
This project cost me absolutely nothing. The 2 sweaters were onse I had put aside to giveaway. One was mine the other my daughters. The fill was a couple of pillows I had made 2 years ago that I no longer liked. I just sewed the sweaters to fit exactly over the pillows. For the red pillow I cut the trim off of the neck and sleeves of the sweater to make the flowers.
I love that you used one of yours and one of your daughter's.  I think the red's my favorite and the trim flowers totally set it off!


Sweater and Chain Camera Strap
I had a black cardigan from The Loft that was really soft, but unfortunately, it shrunk.  I ended using the fabric from the sleeves to make a camera strap, embellished with some gold leather and chain.    
I love the gold additions--it's so glam!  You and Che are making me wish I had a fancy camera, just so I could dress it up :)

Trish from Uncommon


Sweater Ring 

Here is my sweater project!  I made this ring out of a sweater that I purchased from a local thrift store.  I felted the wool in my washing machine and dryer and then made a felt rose and glued it on top of a ring blank.  Super easy! 
Just fabulous!  I love the color and the flower looks amazing.
(now me)
Of course I had my own sweater to work with.  I used instructions from At Second Street for turning a shirt into a hat and modified them to turn this old--and shrunk in the wash--sweater into a hat.

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So what did you think?  Have you been inspired to go rescue a sweater of your own?

If you want a chance to work with a secret supply in an upcoming month, please let me know!   Details and all these great projects are listed in the Make a Splash tab on the top menu.  February participants will be getting their information from me soon.

And as always, if you love one or all of these ideas and want to Pin them, please visit the creator's blog to pin from the original source.  They'll love you for it :)  

**Guess what--I put up instructions on how I made my hat**
You can see it here:  Make a hat from an old sweater

Click here if you want to comment


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  1. LOVE all the upcycled sweaters!!!

    thanks for linking up to make it monday! I'll be sharing on the Brassy Apple FB wall :)

  2. I love how you decided to use a sweater for the hat! It turned out so cute! What a great bunch of sweater ideas. I will have to use some for my retired sweaters.
    Come link up if you like & I have a giveaway going on.

  3. These projects all turned out great. I especially love the sweater/chain camera strap and your sweater turned hat :) Amazing job!!! Can't wait to participate in Make a Splash :) Thanks Steph!

  4. I love your hat! This turned out so great. I would love to participate in Make a Splash.


  5. You totally rocked it with the hat - Awesome!
    I love all the projects!

  6. this is really cool!:D i'm so making that camera strap!

  7. Wowzer! I love your hat! Are you going to do a tutorial for it? Pretty please??
    The other projects are awesome as well. Love the camera strap idea!

  8. This is REALLY CUTE!! So mad at myself now.. Just got rid of a half-dozen sweaters! That'll teach me! ~tina

  9. These are just too cute!! I am with Kimberly asking for the tutorial!:)

  10. Your hat turned out wonderfully! Wow! I have a few sweaters 'waiting' to be turned into pillows! So fun!


  12. Every single idea is fabulous. But I particularly love the pillows. I need to get off my butt and create!

  13. Totally cute! Great upcycle!!

  14. Super cute!!! I love the pillows and the hat....and I think I have a sweater in that hat style just waiting for your tutorial....

  15. Your hat looks amazing! It's hard to believe it was once a sweater!

  16. I love all these ideas! I have an old sweater that I used for ornaments, but I still need to use up the rest of it. Thanks!

  17. These upcycles are just fabulous! I especially love the camera straps and that photo frame!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  18. I LOVE the hat you made! I'll have to try it the next time I'm thinking of getting rid of a sweater. :-)

  19. So many wonderful projects from sweaters. I love your hat. It's awesome. My daughter would love it.

  20. What a fantastic idea! Can't believe it started with a sweater!! Love it!

  21. this looks awesome! Love this style of hat! I am new to sewing and just completed my second project! Come check it out at www.dwellonjoy.com!

  22. Seriously lovely! Too funny but I am literally wearing an upcycled jacket right now :0)

    Thanks so much for taking the time to share at Pin'Inspiration Thursday. Hope to see you on Saturday to help "Beat the Winter Blues". Have an awesome day.

  23. I can't believe you made that adorable hat out of a sweater. Wow. I would never have been able to visualize all of the parts coming together like that. Brilliant. And yes, I have been inspired to pull some, never to be worn again sweaters out of the pile for another life. Thanks so much for sharing at our Link It Up Thursday party.

  24. I saw you on Simple Creations Friday! Love all the projects especially the last one!!

  25. So many creative ideas! I love your hat!

  26. Those are all fantastic! I love the hat!

  27. Great round-up. I love that hat!!!! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

  28. Genial, que imaginaciĆ³n!

  29. this looks great, i am going to use my old sweater to make one too! thanks for the inspiration. i found you on 6 sisters.

  30. These are all such amazing project ideas.. but I just adore your hat! So cool to upcycle your sweater into a new wearable item! awesome job! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next!

  31. Thanks for linking up! Just checking, did you see my Lisa Leonard giveaway yet?

    XO, Aimee

  32. Cute strap, cute frame, cute hat!! Love all these ideas with old sweaters! Thanks so much for joining us on "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We loved having you and hope to see you back next Saturday with more great ideas! -The Sisters

  33. Wasn't sure you knew already,....wanted to let you know that we featured your hat at the Link It Up Thursday party. Come on over if you'd like a featured button. http://thesepeastastefunny.blogspot.com/2012/02/link-it-up-thursday-6.html