Make Your Own Felted Wool

Felted Projects-006Free Felting Patterns

Have you ever made the mistake of washing and drying a wool sweater? You would definitely remember if you did because the shrinkage is quite dramatic. An adult-size wool sweater quickly becomes child-size. If your first thought is to throw it away, STOP! You have the perfect fabric for a felted wool project.

Recently I finished an article for Love To Know that explains how to felt. There are also free patterns on what you can do with that felt when you are done.

DSCF6324Wool Sweater Purse

DSCF6344Felted Chick Ornament

DSCF6322Felted Heart Candle Mat

DSCF6232Felted Dryer Balls

Enjoy!

Restyled Ice Skates

DSCF5849Restyled Ice Skates

DSCF5630I have quite a collection of ice skates that I have been saving for just the right project. This is one basket. I’m pretty sure I have another in my storage unit.

DSCF5637The skates in this basket were all black, but they were not going to stay that way. First things first, they all got a thorough cleaning and were laced up tight. Some had broken laces and some didn’t have any laces at all. I removed broken ones and then pulled out my stash of laces to replace any that were missing. It didn’t matter what color the laces were, they were not going to stay that way. Instead of a bow, I knotted the tops and cut off the excess. Finally I masked off the soles and used a cream wall paint to sponge paint the boot part of the skates. I sponged right over the laces.

DSCF5649After the paint was dry I covered everything with Mod Podge. By everything, I also mean the bottom of the boots and the blades. While the MP was still wet, I sprinkled them with crystal glitter.

DSCF5653When I was young, the roller skating rink was a favorite place to hang out. If you were really cool you had your own skates and didn’t need to rent them. Of course if you had your own skates you also had the big pom poms hanging from the laces. Those big pom poms inspired the huge bell on the front of my ice skates. I gave the bell a coat of MP and sprinkled with glitter before I wired it to the top of the skate laces.

DSCF5654I used strips of ripped fabric for the hanger and the tie around the ankle. To attach the hanger I drilled a hole through the top-back of the bootDSCF5645.The floral arrangement was achieved by first stuffing the shoe part of the skate with newspaper and then inserting green floral foam into the ankle section. A few floral picks and greenery were all it took to create a small winter arrangement.

DSCF5849Lastly, a little tag with “Let It Snow” printed on it was pinned to the tie around the ankle.

Enjoy!

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T-Shirt Crochet Shower Rug

3-DSCF3585T-Shirt Crochet Shower Rug

I actually finished this a few weeks ago, but life happened. I was reminded of it every time I took a shower, but blogging while naked just didn’t seem right. Especially the pictures…there are many reflective surfaces in a bathroom and ain’t nobody wanting to see that. 😉

Turns out I was able to take pics without reflections anyway.

I made this rug out of necessity and frustration. The shower in our bathroom has a swing out door. There was just no way to keep the floor from getting wet when the shower door was opened.

I looked everywhere for a rug that would work. The dimensions for the space were pretty specific, but nobody makes rugs that size. I happened to be working with some t-shirts at the time and a light bulb went off. Why not crochet a rug to custom fit the area?

1-DSCF3578I went through my stash of t-shirts and cut “yarn” in colors that would blend with the room. The walls of the room are green so green t-shirts were a must. Matching the greens to the walls while still using the tees I had was impossible. That’s okay, I would have gone nuts crocheting this in one color. I added some grays and white to add interest and to save my sanity.

I don’t have formal instructions for this project, as its size was for my specific space, but I will give you the broad strokes.

4-DSCF3587-001The center section was done in rows using single crochet in the back loops. I crocheted a few rows of each color–lathered, rinsed and repeated until the section was a few inches from the shower and the wall when centered in front of the door.

2-DSCF3583I finished with a border worked in the round using white t-shirts and single crochet stitches. The border was stitched until the edges touched the shower and the wall when centered.

5-DSCF3589I’m very pleased with the way it turned out and am thrilled that it cost me zero dollars.

Enjoy!

T-Shirt Refashion With Lace Hem

1-DSCF3552T-Shirt Refashion With Lace Hem

1-DSCF3541We’ve all seen them…heck, we’ve all bought them…those t-shirts that are available in every color imaginable. They are a bit of a staple in my closet, as I am sure they are in other people’s closets too. They are great worn with sweaters, jackets and other layers when the weather is cool, but when the weather gets warm…I do have to admit to being a bit bored with the look when I wear them by themselves.

2-DSCF3543Sorting through my lace stash, I decided a little refashion was in order.

I added wide flat lace to the bottom of a t-shirt. If you do this, I strongly suggest using a zigzag stitch. A zigzag stitch will allow the the shirt to stretch without breaking the thread.

3-DSCF3544The extra lace made the tee way too long, but I had no intention of stopping there.

5-DSCF3552I folded a deep cuff above the lace and stitched at the top of the cuff.

I love the way it turned out. 😉

Enjoy!

Recycled Sweater Christmas Stocking

DSCN3830Recycled Sweater Christmas Stocking

When I see old sweaters at yard sales I have to buy them. The fact that yard sales in my area are often held when the temperature is over 100 means sweaters are practically given away. These sweaters are a cheap craft resource for holiday crafts. In my opinion, this Christmas stocking design looks much more upscale than the original sweater it came from. Can’t you just see a bunch of these hanging over a cabin fireplace, or down the rail of a pine garland clad staircase? Depending on the size of the sweater and the size of your stocking pattern, you should be able to get at least two stockings from each sweater. Three, if you open the sleeves and use the cuffs as the top edge.

Things You Will Need:

Adult-size sweater
Stocking pattern
Straight pins
Scissors
Sewing machine
Iron
Measuring tape
Rickrack
2-inch pompoms (two)
Hot glue gun

DSCN3812Turn an adult-size sweater wrong side out and lay it on your work surface. Align the bottom edges of the sweater. Place an existing Christmas stocking, or a paper stocking pattern on the sweater. Align the top edge of the stocking shape (pattern) with the bottom edges of the stocking. Pin the pattern through both layers of the sweater. Cut around the pattern. Note: The top of the stocking (bottom edge of the sweater) is not to be cut. It will be the finished edge for the the top opening of the stocking.

DSCN3820Remove the pattern. Pin the side and bottom edges of the sweater stocking shape together. Sew the pinned edges using a straight stitch and a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Sew around the edges once again using a zigzag stitch on the seam allowance. This will finish the raw edges and prevent the knitted stitches from unraveling. Turn the stocking right side out. Press the seams with a warm iron.

DSCN3828Lay the stocking flat on your work surface. Measure across the width of the stocking at its widest point. Double that and add 24 inches. Using your new measurement, cut a length of rickrack in a color that coordinates with your sweater.

Measure 1 inch down from the top edge of your stocking. Starting on the front seam of the stocking and 12 inches from one end of the rickrack, pin the rickrack around the stocking. The rickrack will meet again on the front seam of the stocking. Both ends of the rickrack will have approximately 12 inches extending. These tails will be ties. Top stitch the pinned rickrack around the stocking.

Tie the rickrack tails in a knot against the seam, then tie into a bow. Trim the tails to the desired length.

Burrow a hole on one side of a 2-inch diameter pompom. Apply hot glue in the hole. Place one end of the rickrack in the glue. Squeeze the edges of the pompom hole around the rickrack end. Repeat with the remaining pompom and and rickrack end.

Cut a 5-inch length of rickrack. Fold the rickrack in half, matching the two cut ends. Place the ends inside the stocking, against the back seam. Sew across the cut ends of the rickrack. This is your stocking’s hanger.

Other trims and tassels handmade with yarn can be substituted.

DSCN3830Enjoy!