I loved this sweater when I saw it at the Goodwill Store last year, though I didn’t have plans for it at the time. I pulled it out a few weeks ago to make this super-fast, three-step Valentine’s Day Sweater Wreath. I really loved the sweater, and I love the Sweater Wreath, too. (Before I cut the sweater apart, I double checked with my daughter to be sure she wouldn’t wear it. Nope, not a fan of pink.) I’m excited that I have so much of the sweater leftover, though I’m not sure what I’ll make next . . .
I happened to have on hand a bag of pre-cut felt hearts I bought on clearance from the Oriental Trading Company a few years back. Again, I wasn’t sure how I’d use them, but at that price, I had to have them for my stash. Of course, it’s easy enough to cut out hearts from a few sheets of felt, so if you don’t have the pre-cut hearts, just pick up a few sheets of felt and cut them out yourself.
To make a Three-Step Valentine Sweater Wreath, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 10” wreath
- Old sweater
- Pre-cut felt hearts in red, pink and white; or sheets of felt to cut your own
- Glittered, heart-shaped brads
- Ribbon (for hanging the wreath)
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins
To make a Three-Step Valentine Sweater Wreath:
1. Cut a sleeve from an old sweater along the shoulder seam, and then carefully cut it open along the sleeve seam.
2. Wrap the sweater fabric around the wreath, pulling it smoothly all the way around. Pin and spot glue the sweater fabric to the back of the wreath. Cut away any excess fabric from the back. If one sleeve doesn’t completely cover the wreath, use a section from the second sleeve, or other scraps from the sweater, to cover the gaps.
3. Layer together three sets of three hearts each in red, pink and white. With the tip of the scissors, carefully poke a small hole in the center of each heart. Insert a heart-shaped brad through the center of the hearts, and push the brad into the wreath. Add glue to secure the hearts to the wreath.
I think I like this year’s Sweater Wreath more than the two Valentine’s Day Sweater Wreaths I made last year.
A sweater wreath not-to-be-missed is the one designed by Kathleen George and decorated with zipper flowers. Gorgeous!
What have you made form an old sweater? I’d love to hear about your repurposing adventures.