recycle sweaters: sweater flowers

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This is a great project I shared some time back at Life on Mars.

I recently made a pillow from an old sweater. I had to cut off the arms off of the sweater for the project but I hated to throw them out…it seemed like such a waste.
So they sat in my bucket of “stuff” until I thought of a use. Wa ha!! Flowers!

Supplies: strips of a sweater (length and width is up to you), hot glue gun, stick, buttons, green yarn.
Here is the quick picture by picture run down (cause I am a picture instruction kinda gal)…

Take a strip of sweater and hot glue the end to the end of the stick.
Wrap it around once or twice.
Let it work it’s way upwards as you wrap.

Cut it off when you have it wrapped around a couple of times.
Now hot glue a strip around the middle of your band.
Be sure to only glue the bottom of the strip to the “flower”… you want to be able to pull it down (picture 1).
Go all the way around, cut it off and hot glue the ends together (picture 2).
glue another strip in the same way towards the bottom of your band (picture 3).
When you have as many “petals” as you want just dab a bit hot glue on the stick and wrap it up in yarn…be sure to hot glue the ends to the stick (picture 4…ignore the bow, it didn’t work).
Then add a simple button to the center (picture 5).

There you have it. Adorable.
And depending on how your sweater rolls and how you vary your application you will get various shapes. How cool!

gosh, the worst part of this project…
old sweaters are one more thing I keep, just in case.

Til’ Next Time!

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  1. Kristin @ Simply Klassic Home

    April 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Love the texture and the buttons – so pretty!

    Thanks for sharing at Simply Klassic!

  2. Renee VanEpps

    April 15, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I’ve done kinda similar flowers with blouses and regular glue, this looks so much cuter, thanks for tutorial!

  3. p

    April 15, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    oh my goodness! that is too easy. and so cute!

    loved it. I have sweaters in my stash…waiting for someone to come up with an easy craft that even I could do…Now, if I’d just get in there and do it!
    practically free too,huh?


  4. Gwen

    April 13, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Your brain is a bottomless pit of crazy project ideas! If I start keepin’ sweater arms, I’m going to have nowhere to sleep! Yur awesome…and so funny!!!

  5. faithfilledcc

    April 12, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Those are adorable! I’m sure Miss JD will be wanting to make these for her pop bottles like yours in her bedroom. Janel makes them, so they have to be cool! She can probably figure it out, me, the not so crafty person, on the other hand would need more help!! BTW…she has something she is making for you right now…teeheeheehee!! ;-)

  6. {Adventuresindinner}

    April 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Adorable! I’ll have to raid my closet C:

  7. Inspire Me Heather

    April 12, 2012 at 9:09 am

    That is so clever! Pretty flowers!

  8. Julie

    April 12, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Love these! Thanks for sharing such a great idea!

  9. Bella

    April 12, 2012 at 8:27 am

    These are so cute Janel! I can see dressing up some of my many boring pillows. I’m not a hoarder yet but all these cool crafts are getting me there :)

  10. Andi

    April 12, 2012 at 6:11 am

    These are so cool Janel! And I wasn’t a hoarder until i started blogging…

  11. Terrie R.

    April 12, 2012 at 12:24 am

    So cute! What a great idea. I love all these projects using old sweaters, someday maybe I’ll try one too.

  12. Bliss

    April 11, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    You can enter picture #4 in your own Stinky Linky party.


  13. cassie

    April 11, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    those are two cute! in a fit of rage when i am too chubby for my sweaters next winter i will cut them up and make them flowers. or threaten them to fit me… if not, scissors.

  14. Jen @ Four Marrs & One Venus

    April 11, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    hush right now! Brilliant! Love these cute little things, really… I do! :) Thanks for sharing, I might just have to give it a whirl!-Jen

  15. Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

    April 11, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    oooooh! I love these…so perfect and sweet!

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

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