Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Popsicle Sweater

I showed this little pillow that I made to my mom on video chat 
and she thought I'd gone off and gained time to knit a pillow with seven different colors in it.

haha.  ha.

No, truth is, this pillow used to be a sweater.  And yes, it was a pretty little sweater.
I debated for a week or two trying to decide if I really wanted to be a clothes murderer.
But then if I didn't go ahead and make the jump, I'd never be a pillow creator.

This is what she used to look like.

Yes, adorable.  It was a hand-me-down.  But to tell you the truth, my daughter was given quite a few hand-me-down sweaters this year.  And this one was a little... boxy.  Can you tell I'm trying to justify myself here?  But that wasn't what really made me feel like it was okay to chop her all up, she didn't even have a stain.
It was the little pieces of yarn all broken and fraying on the shoulders.  This seemed to vindicate things in my head.

Here's what I did:

I cut out a square right from the bodice of the piece.  I made sure to be cutting out of the front and back so that I had two squares.

This middle step there isn't a drawing for, but I basically cut two muslin squares the same size.  I then sewed the two squares of sweater together wrong sides facing out, with the muslin sandwiching them.  I made sure to not sew it completely shut, but to leave a hole so that I could turn it right side out (is that how you say it?)  This makes a nice pillow like the sketch below, with muslin lining the insides.

I then filled it with stuffing and sewed up the gap with another piece of yarn.

I made a tiny one too with the one of the sleeves.

I think it would be nice to be decorate a whole child's room around these colors.  They're beautiful.  And to be honest, I think this thing is going to get a lot more use with it's second life than it did the first.



CK said...

Becca, it looks great! I love those colors too. Great idea to use the muslin.

SHARM said...

Hi Becca,
I finally got it that you are not CK ha... ha... I love the pillow I thought you have knitted with seven different colors lovely job and that is repurposing... I know what to do the sweaters that I am not wearing anymore…

Donna Perugini said...

Clothes murderer! Love that one, Becca!

I've done repurposing with tee shirts that the kids had loved.

Now I'm seeing cuffs from flannel shirts sewn onto knit and thermal long sleeve tops which looks kind of cool!

Vicky said...

The pillow look great, definetly justifies cutting up an old sweater. x

andreamichelle said...

That is a very pretty pillow, I think it was worth it. I like the idea of taking clothes and re modeling them into different clothes or blankets or pillows, so I don't think you are a clothes murderer...:)

Toqua's Crafts said...

Very pretty pillows!
Personally, I would never have worn that sweater so I think you did good to repurpose it into pillows!

Busy as a Bee in Paris said...

love it! so cute, fun, colorful, sweet as candy! and so easy! love it!

Bri said...

becca, the pillows are beautiful.


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