UPcycled: dad’s sweater into girl’s cardigan (kcwc day 2)

This was a project that I didn’t really know where would end up. I wanted to upgrade one of Dean’s old sweaters into something for Ellery…

I used one of her T-shirts as a pattern and cut the sweater to about the same dimensions… I used the existing sleeves, but took them in a lot and kept the bottom cuff so i didn’t have to worry about hemming… I used the bottom of his sweater (the ribbed part) for the neckline.  Then, I kind of just winged it- cut some strips and left the raw edges and attached them to the edges of the cardigan so I didn’t have to do any sort of hemming….

I intended for the placket on the sweater to be off-center, but you can’t tell very well in that picture.  The felt circle flower is removable- I had it lying around and it was the perfect thing to cover up the akward area where the two sides of the front of the cardigan meet.

This cardigan took about an hour and a lot of swearing.

And the kid that it was meant for didn’t want to try it on.

So….

yeah.

I’ll bribe her with some chocolate chips tomorrow and try again.

Check ya!

-Erin

Felt Rosette Wreath

So, I finally caved and joined Pinterest.  It’s cool- I’ve really been meaning to devote more of my life to the internet these days.

So far, the only thing I’ve pinned are wreaths… you can check them out here.  I’m determined to not let the holidays pass me by before I make a couple- there are so many great ideas out there!  I have a stash of felt, so I honed in on the yellow rosebud one , but I also loved this one too. 

After a couple of hours, here’s what I ended up with:

Want to make one?  Or just see how to make the rosettes?  Okay. 

So here’s how to make the little rosettes.  First, cut a circle out of felt.  I made my biggest one about 4″ in diameter, and made several smaller than that too.  You can use a cup or a cd to help you draw a perfect circle, but I actually like it not perfect- I think it ends up giving the flowers a little more character once they’re all done.

Next, spiral-cut your circle about 1/2″ thick.

It should look like this when you’re done.

Then, starting on the end that was the center of your circle, begin rolling it upon itself.  Use a glue gun here and there to help keep it all together.

How cute is that!?!  I seriously had so much fun making these felt rosettes, in my head I was going through all the things I want to attach them to- barrettes, a cuff bracelet, headband, shoes…. 

I made a bunch in mustard-orange, heather grey, and a medium brown.

So now, get your wreath ready… I used an 11″ foam circle from Michael’s.  I wrapped it with 2″ wide strips of natural muslin.

I used a few straight pins in the back to keep the muslin nice and tight.

Next, arrange the rosettes on the wreath however you like.  I should’ve stopped here- I love how it looks…

But no.  I kept going….

…And going.  I don’t know what happened, but glitter pom-poms took over for a few minutes.  I took several off but once your hot glue dries, good luck getting anything off!  Just don’t be like me… know when to say no.

Anyway,  I still really like it- it’s hanging in our living room and is the perfect amount of “Fall” to make me feel a little cozy when I walk by.  It’s understated, but still makes a small statement.  Well, I think it does but that could be just because I slaved over it for 2 hours! 

 Hope you’re inspired to create something Fall-ish!

-Erin