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Friday, October 23, 2009

Repurposed Sweater

Several months ago I saw a blogger turn an
old sweater into a throw pillow. While I was
at the thrift store last week, I bought a few
sweaters with repurposing in mind. This one
was too big for any of my men and it had a
big hole under one arm. It was $1.00.
After running it through the laundry, I cut off the
waistband, sleeves and neckline. Leaving the side seams
in tact, I machine stitched the top and bottom...
...leaving enough space to squeeze in a pillow
form. Then I stitched up the hole by hand. Very comfy! Then I noticed that the sleeves had some potential! With the cuffs already there, they could easily be made into mittens! So I cut out the shape and stitched them up on the machine! Perfect!

36 comments:

  1. You got a lot for your dollar! The pillow is cute!

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  2. Way to go Betsy! I love your repurposing, especially the mittens.

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  3. Christian ~ I think I like the mittens, best, too! Now I want to make more! :)

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  4. Lady...you are just way too clever!
    Love the mittens... Dee Dee

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  5. I lurve those ideas, very clever! The mittens are so fun! Well done my friend.

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  6. Aren't you the most clever? Who would have thought. You shouldn't have posted this, you know. Now I'll be looking at old stuff in a different way and I don't need any more old stuff around here.

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  7. Oh, goodness!!! I could hug you for all of your cleverness!! I love the pillow and mitts and I think the pattern worked perfectly for both projects.

    I have heard another tip. If you have a small dog, the cut off sleeve of a sweater makes a great dog sweater!! Ad since I recently went from a big dog to two small dogs, I know it IS a necessity in the cold as opposed to Paris and her fashion line for dogs (well, it doesn't hurt to have them in decent sweaters!!).

    Thanks Betsy!!!

    xoxo
    Janie

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  8. You are very talented, I particularly love the fact that you re-used all of the sweater. The gloves look very warm.;)

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  9. Very thrifty, I say! Great idea! And the mittens; you didn't waste anything!

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  10. style and purpose from you ..I am not surprised!

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  11. You can be sure I'm going to be checking out the cuffs of all the old sweaters at the thrift store now! ha!

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  12. That is a great idea. I like the gloves too.

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  13. Great idea, Betsy, great! I would think to make a throw pillow but mittens, no. There are endless ways of creatively re-purposing our old stuff, and giving it to new uses. You did it, bravissima sei:) Thanks so much for sharing, and happy belated B*day wishes to your wonderful boys.

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  14. If I send you one of my old sweaters could you do the same thing as I need some new gloves as the weather has taken a turn for the worse.

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  15. OH MY GOODNESS! This is brilliant! AND, so very green of you Betsy!

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  16. Hey, Kayren above took my comment! So, I'll have to say something else:

    Nice to see you turn something "woogly" into something so cozy and wonderful.

    :)

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  17. Mmm ~ ha-ha...well, I see you've been to Willow's today!

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  18. how cool...i was just rading a fictional book where a character had made one out of a sweatshirt and thought it was a neat idea....only to find you have done it! very cool!

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  19. Blondie ~ no dog, but we have a rabbit! ha! I don't think he'd go for it.

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  20. Now that's talent. I can't even decorate my house cuz I have no vision!

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  21. I hope you washed it first! You never know where things like that have been!

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  22. Keith ~ Oh, don't worry! I washed it!

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  23. What a great idea. It's actually a really beautiful sweater and perfect for that purpose! I really must buy a sewing machine or an overlocker.

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  24. You are amazing. Really. I never ever would have thought of that, and it is really stinking cute. I'm jealous. Sorry, but it's there.
    :)

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  25. I want to cosy up against the pillow while wearing the mittens AND holding Nugget!! Now THAT would be a soft moment.

    Speaking of which, may I request Nugget back in the sidebar? I miss those floppy ears!

    Too clever, Betsy! xx

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  26. Suza ~ hi there! Yes, let me get a new pic of Nugget and I'll put him back up! ;)

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  27. Very clever! I love sweater pillows!

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  28. very clever - they look fabulous!

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  29. Oh, you crafty little woogle! Remember that seal skin pillow I made from grandma's old coat? Gosh, I would love to have it now. Wonder what happened to it?

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  30. Ahh, a frugal soulmate :) I just love re-purposing things,and this is really neat!
    Susan

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  31. What a wonderful idea! If only I could knit:-(

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  32. wow! one pillow and one pair of mittens for $1. you go, girl!!

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