DIY Christmas Sweater Sleeve Trees: VMMV Sweater Week Part III

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Even evergreens need an extra layer in December. These trees are made from the sleeves of old cable-knit sweaters! My favorite, cozy sweater finally shrank, pilled, and stretched in ways that I could no longer really be seen in public with it…however comfy it still was. It still was so wintery though, I cut off the sleeves, stitched up the seam, and made it into cozy, Christmas sweater-sleeve trees for part III of VMMV sweater week. (check out part I and II as well if you haven’t been following along!)forthetreediy sweater sleeve trees

For the tree, you’ll need construction paper, an old cable-knit sweater, and a needle and thread:

  • Start by forming a cone from heavy construction paper.
  • Then, cut the sleeve off of the sweater and make another cut down the length of the sleeve so you have a sort of blunted triangle shape.

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  • Wrap the sleeve around the cone. For one cone, the wrists were wider than the arms so these sleeves went wrist first over the cone with the wrists forming the widest part. For a different sweater, the wrist was tighter so this became the tip of the cone. Play around to see how it best fits the cone and then stitch up the back of the sleeve so it fits tightly.
  • Tuck in the edge of the sleeve into the hole formed by the paper cone at the top. If the sleeve doesn’t form a nice border at the base of the tree, tuck that edge under as well and hot-glue to the inside of your cone.

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Embellish! That’s the fun part, I added little pom-poms and a few stars made with sweater scraps. forthebasediy sweater sleeve tree

You could just leave the cones by themselves, but a little rustic base made it looked so whimsical I had to add it. You will need some short, straight sticks, rubber-bands, and floral foam:

  • Gather twigs (I used grapefruit twigs) and tie them together using a rubber-band. Make sure your twigs are fairly straight and mostly all the same length.
  • Push the tight side of the twigs into a piece of floral foam that just fits into the base of the sweater-sleeve cone. The foam needs to fit tightly so it can support the tree!

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Push the twigs and foam into the base of the tree. You’ll have to play around with the twigs a bit to get an even base that will stand up straight but once you get it just right, it’s very steady!diy sweater sleeve treechristmas sweater sleeve treesdiy sweater sleeve treediy christmas sweater treessweater sleeve treediy christmas sweater sleeve trees

 I love this project. It’s so cheap, recycles something you’d otherwise probably throw out, and looks so adorable. Each one looks different depending on the sweater and the embellishments you use, and they’re so simple yet make quite the statement if you make a little grove of them…Baby, it may be cold outside, but even your evergreens can be cozy in their sweater-sleeves…Now go get a sweater a get busy!

– <3 A. 

DIY Sweater Stool: VMMV Sweater Week Part II

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  • Old sweaters
  • Stool 
  • 1/4″ elastic
  • Safety pin
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors

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  1. Drape the sweater over the stool and cut around the shape of the top of your stool, leaving about an inch extra to sew a pocket for the elastic.
  2. Fold the edges over a 1/4″ and then another 1/2″ on the underside of the fabric. This is going to be the sleeve for the elastic.
  3. Sew the folded edge down to create a sleeve, leaving the ends open.
  4. Attach the safety pin to one end of the  elastic and feed through the sleeve, the fabric will start to bunch up as you pull the elastic through. Don’t let the other end of your elastic get fed into the sleeve though! I didn’t cut my elastic until I tried the sweater “beanie” back on the stool to make sure it fit.
  5. Once the elastic is completely fed through the pocket, test the sweater cover on the stool to make sure it fits, mark how long the elastic needs to be, cut and sew the ends of the elastic together, and then sew up the open ends of your sleeve.
  6. Fit the cover back over the stool and you’re done!

diy sweater stool diy sweater stoolsdiy sweater stooldiy sweater stoolsWhen windshields and roofs are frosted over every morning and the sun hides every day at 4:30, it’s high-time to make everything cozy. These stools are part II of III of Sweater Week and the best part? You can do all three projects with just two sweaters. If you don’t have any old sweaters, check Goodwill! They have some beauties for just a few dollars. I will have to admit though, I found one that I went home, washed and dried, made the mistake of trying on, and couldn’t bear the thought of scissors cutting that cozy wrap off of me so I kept it. Oops. But, if you can find one that doesn’t fit, Goodwill is a good spot to look! You could also staple the sweater pieces to whatever stool you’re recovering if you want something more permanent and skip the entire sewing part, but adding elastic to make it interchangeable depending on the season is pretty cool…uh, warm!

– <3 A. 

DIY Christmas Cable-Knit Acorns: VMMV Sweater Week Part I

diy cable-knit acornsdiy cable-knit acornsdiy cable knit acornsdiy cable-knit acorns diy cable-knit acornschristmas diy acorn treeIt’s Christmas Sweater Week! I can’t tell you how excited I am for this week to finally share three DIY Christmas projects using sweaters. They’re all so simple, the most difficult part of each of them was deciding which to share first–they were all my favorites.

These cozy-corns had to be part one though, they were really too cute not to start off the week with. You will need acorn caps, an old sweater, pillow stuffing, and hot-glue:

  • Using small squares of fabric cut from an old cable-knit sweater, stuff a small amount of pillow stuffing into the center of each square.
  • Pinch the corners of the corners together to make a teardrop shape.
  • Dab a small amount of hot-glue to the inside of an acorn cap, add the teardrop and you’re done!

If you want to hang them as ornaments, just attach a piece of twine with another dab of glue to the top of the acorn cap and then hang them along with real acorns, or just set them out in a dish.

– <3 A.