Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sweater Upcycle - Thrifty Fall Decor

Decorate your home for Fall... Big Cozy style... on a tiny budget!!
Upcycling, Thrifty and Dollar Bins!
First lets start with a big fun center piece I created spending less than $11.
* $3 - The twig nest basket was a thrifty find from Goodwill, I am so in love with the natural raw feel to it but had no idea how I would use it at the time
* $2.50 -  The twig pumpkin was a dollar bin at Target $2.50! 
* $2 - Small pumpkin from the grocery store
* $3 - Pumpkin scented candle is in glass vase to keep my pretty basket from burning up! Smells & looks so pretty!


Keep an eye out for big glass vases at garage sales, I picked this beauty up for .50 cents.. cleaned it up a little and it's perfect! These can cost $10+ dollars alone in most stores! Be sure to use other items you already have in your home creatively. I used these 2 ikea mirror frames as a base for my arrangement. Set the candles on the mirrors, sprinkle a little $4 autumn potpourri from Walmart, Candles and 3 costume jewelry golden leaf pins = Lovely!

This upcycle project was by FAR the most FUN I had sewing in a while... What do you think I could create from this? An ivory dated Large knit sweater that found half off from Goodwill... $2.50! It's so cozy and warm! In Arizona its still 100+ degrees, too hot to wear a sweater yet... So I had to get creative on how to use it now! :)
Not bad right!? :) Believe it or not these all came from this upcycled sweater refashion, two cozy rectangle sweater pillows, and one awesome sweater handbag!
Can you believe I made all of this from a $2 sweater? The only other thing i had to buy was the stuffing for the pillows... about $3 extra total! The rest of the items I needed I already had on hand. I used a skinny leather belt to make the handles on the purse, and some white jersey knit to create a lining on the pillow. I even have enough left over material from the sleeve cuffs that I can make some of those adorable sweater covered vases I've been reading about from fellow bloggers lately!

I love these chunky cozy sweater pillows! My girlfriends & I walked through Pottery Barn a couple weeks ago for fun... and all loved the sweater pillows they had on display, but the price tag was nearly $35!
Gulp.... I'll take my $2 version anyday! ;)
Last but not least, is my favorite... the autumn/winter inspired handbag!
It was an adventure sewing through this many layers of thick sweater... my poor sewing machine broke two needles during assembly! But I think it was well worth it!

I decided to put this Seasons Change Purse up for grabs in my etsy shop! :)
Update: SOLD-- LuvARoo Boutique
~Details~
The inner lining is a navy blue, with a big cozy pocket to keep your keys & phone safe & warm.. ;)
Lots of handsewn details, from the leather strap  to the huge wooden button.
Wouldn't this be the perfect comfortable winter/autumn accessory paired with some cute brown boots and soft scarf!?

Well, I'm gonna go cozy up on the couch with my man, coffee and new comfy pillows! :)

8 comments:

  1. That is a GREAT bag Heather! I can't believe how far you were able to make that one sweater go!

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  2. I'm in love with all of these sweater creations! The pillows look so cozy and the purse is adorable! Keep these wonderful creations coming!

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  3. Ok, I'm back. What size is the purse? I need pillows like a shot in the arm, but are you adding those to your shop too?

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  4. Thanks girls! I'm gonna keep these pillows, they have become a comfy family favorite! But I'm definetly gonna make some more to add the to shop soon, they are just to fun not to share! I'll be off sweater hunting soon! ;)

    Jessica the purse is approx 13" long by 15" wide counting the straps.

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  5. thank you for the sweet words.I had no idea my link was even over there! That's awesome lol :) love your blog and love the whole sweater pillow thing..might be the thing my couches need to warm up for winter!

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  6. wow, LOVE the purse! wish I had seen it earlier, would have lovd to score that from your shop! and the pillows....so inspiring. your creativity is endless and so encouraging!

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  7. Hadn't thought to turn the rest of the sweater into PILLOWS! Genius! Now I can't wait to hunt old sweaters down for a little candle and pillow refashioning...

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  8. wow!i have to find some old sweaters to use and make bags and pillows! i like the idea so much!

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