My sister Cristina and I have been swamped with Halloween character hat orders lately. She features some of the latest creations on her blog over at A Crafty Day. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I try to sneak in ‘happy projects’ for me where ever I can to keep me motivated about crafting. Most are quick and inexpensive, sometimes freebies.
This week’s inspiration came out of nowhere as I was cleaning out my closet. I have this knit sweater cardigan that I love to wear when I’m lounging around but I have to admit it has seen better days. After an accidental cycle in the dryer, it lost a little of its shape and I’ve been trying to mend the little frays. I knew its days as a sweater were numbered.
We recently purchased a new couch, after our dog decided to use our old leather couch as a chew toy….. and I do mean the ENTIRE couch.
I did manage to rescue the couch from its doom. I stuffed it back up and stitched what I could back together, almost as good as new. But the damage was done and she convinced me we needed a replacement. After bringing the new one home, I decided the color scheme in the living room needed a change as well. That meant starting with new throw pillows! I have a hard time shelling out money for pricey throw pillows and cushions, especially when I can sew up a square of fabric (of my choosing) for a lot cheaper.
This is where my granny sweater came in handy. Winter is coming and I really want to add some whites to the new dark slate couch. I also want to incorporate textures and cozy winter-y items. As I held up my sweater, I thought to myself “Duh! I could use this for a pillow”! The sweater was an ivory color and had a beautiful cabling on the front that would look amazing on the front of a small cushion.
I cut of the arms first
This is the right side with the front stitched together. Pretty huh?