It snowed this past weekend – twice. Not a lot, but enough to make you reach for the gloves and turn on the furnace. In honor of that first snow, I’m featuring the first Christmas craft of the season – Cozy Sweater Cones. I feel warmer already! Scout your thrift stores or your own closets for an old sweater or two, and follow along as Kathleen George shows you how to repurpose an old sweater to make these Cozy Sweater Cones.
The creamy cones are so elegant, and Kathleen didn’t have to add any extra trims, thanks to her already embellished sweaters. If you’d like a little more color, check out the Christmas Sweater Cones Kathleen made with bright red and pink sweaters. Kathleen added pompoms and flowers to dress up this duo. When you’re done, you’ll have sweater scraps leftover, and I have a few ideas for those as well. Read on!
To make Cozy Sweater Cones, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” and 9” cones (or other sizes of your choice)
- Old sweater, one per cone (look for sweaters with texture and embellishments to help decorate your “tree”)
- Optional: Beads, pearls, crystals, silk flowers, buttons, ribbons, and other trims for decorating your trees
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; craft pins; needle & thread
To make Cozy Sweater Cones:
- Cut the sweater to fit the cone:
- Cut along the side seams on a sweater, so that you can lay it out flat.
- Wrap the sweater around the cone for a test fit. Be sure the cone is completely covered, and that you like how the sweater design fits on the cone.
- Pin the sweater in place, and then cut away the excess fabric. Be sure to leave an extra inch or so all around.
- Unpin the fabric. You should have a triangular piece of sweater fabric.
- Fold the sweater triangle in half, with right sides together. Stitch a seam 3/8” from the edge. Turn the fabric right side out.
- Cover the cone:
- Pull the sweater cover down over the cone of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.
- Make sure the sweater is pulled down snug over the top of the cone.
- Arrange the seam at the back of the cone.
- Stretch the fabric down and around to the bottom of the cone.
- Pin and glue the fabric to the bottom of the cone.
- If the fabric is bulky, carefully trim away extra fabric so the bottom is flat and the cone stands straight.
4. Optional: Pin or glue on additional decorations.
Don’t stop there. I have more ideas for the leftover sweater fabric, like this Sweater & Snowflake Wreath.
Mix and match your sweaters to create a Peppermint Stripe Sweater Wreath.
For a quick and easy gift idea, turn the leftover sweater sleeves into Sweater Ornaments. You’ll be able to make several Sweater Ornaments from each sleeve.
I don’t think we’ll see any more snow this week, and I’ll get back on track with a Halloween craft on Friday. Anyone else out there feeling a chill in the air?