I recently stopped in a Goodwill store, looking for a little inspiration . . . and I walked out with a bag full of potential! When I wanted to make a Valentine Wreath, I knew the red and cream sweaters from the Goodwill would be perfect. The stretchy sweater fabric is easy to work with, and makes for an almost-instant wreath. In fact, I made both recycled sweater wreaths in one night. The textured cables and ribbing are pretty “as is” but these are Valentine Sweater Wreaths, so I dressed them up a bit.
Confession – I purchased the felt roses on the creamy Valentine Sweater Wreath. I know you can make your own, but the purchased roses were so pretty, and so much faster. Then, after I fell in love with this patterned felt, I knew I had to use it on the second sweater wreath. I decorated the red Valentine Sweater Wreath with flowers made from felt hearts.
To make a Valentine Sweater Wreath, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
- Old sweater
- Straight pins
- Felt roses and hearts OR if you’re making felt heart flowers, you’ll need:
- Felt, heart buttons, needle & thread, narrow ribbon
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors
To make a Valentine Sweater Wreath:
1. Cut a sleeve from an old sweater and carefully cut it open along the seam. Wrap the sweater fabric around the wreath, pulling it smoothly all the way around, and pinning the sweater to the back of the wreath. Cut away any excess fabric from the back. If one sleeve doesn’t completely cover the wreath, cut a section from the second sleeve and pin in place to completely cover the wreath.
2. Embellish your wreath. I used purchased felt roses and felt hearts on the creamy wreath, and made felt flowers from felt hearts for the red wreath.
To make Felt Flowers with Heart Petals:
1. For each flower, cut out four 2” hearts and three to four, 1-1/2” hearts. Stitch together the point on each heart, which creates a fold and adds a little dimension. Stitch four 2” hearts together, forming a flower. Repeat with the 1-1/2” hearts. Glue together the two layers of petals, and add a heart button to the center. Arrange flowers on the wreath and glue in place.
2. Cut out three, 1-5/8” hearts. Glue to ribbon, and then pin to the back of the wreath. Adjust the ribbons till you like how the hearts hang.
I have lots of leftover sweater fabric, and designer Patty Schaffer is already working her magic with it. Next time you see these sweaters, do you care to guess what they might be?