Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Jumper challenge - Part 1

I've made quite a few things out of old jumpers since the Christmas calendar cushion. And I've been trying to get my hands on a tatty blue cashmere one my 8 year old has adopted, but he's taken to wearing it in bed and isn't at all willing to give it up. So instead I bought this bright pink cowl neck jumper in a charity shop for £2.50 and cut it up before I remembered to take a photo...
Not cashmere, but a nice soft wool mix.

There are loads of brilliant upcycling ideas out there - some friends run craft workshops in Hereford, and one they offer is making a cushion and fingerless gloves out of an old sweater. But I wanted to see how many different things I could get out of this particular top.
And I can absolutely guarantee all of them are easy to make, because I'm still getting to grips with my sewing machine. I've already come clean about how mine has spent most of its life in a cupboard.
I'm more enthusiastic now, but find that's not quite enough sometimes...far too familiar with my stitch unpicker. So tend to look for ways round things I'm not sure about. Like zips.
This small cushion cover is zip-free. And using the rib at the bottom of the jumper for the edges of the opening means less hemming.


I cut a square out of the front - 12" plus a little extra for a seam allowance.
The other piece from the back of the jumper is the same width, but about a third longer to make the envelope pocket on the back of the cover for the pillow.



The only thing to watch out for is that this extra bit is folded over and pinned on the right side of the jumper (the side you want to see) making it the same size as the other piece. Then pin the two squares together, inside out along three sides, with the ribbed edge and folded edge matched up and left open. The folded bit will be inbetween these square pieces, so it won't be visible while sewing the sides.

When finished, turn it back the right way, put the cushion pad in and pull the pocket part over the top of the opening, so it's all tucked away.


The heart was cut from a small piece of vintage material, and edged with some purple bias binding.
I used the shape to cut a few more out of the jumper sleeves. The first one looked a bit big so I made the next ones smaller and filled them all with lavender.



The cowl neck is now a snood with bias binding sewn over the raw edge. I've been wearing it out gardening and like it because it doesn't flap about and get in the way.

Part 2 is still at the ideas stage, but I'm thinking pin cushions, mice, a doll's outfit and possibly a pigmy owl keyring?


Linking with Lakota's Ta-dah! Tuesday

10 comments:

  1. Wow, am very impressed by your crafty skills, and I love the cushion.

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    1. Thanks Caroline - once cut and pinned the covers really are quick. Will be making more!

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  2. That's one lovely cusion cover and it looks super-snuggly. I once made a couple of cushion covers with old jumpers that I felted.

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    1. Great idea! That's something I'd like to try - I've never felted old jumpers (well not on purpose..)

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  3. Oooh, very clever! Those are all lovely. Mind you, i would totally have worn a jumper like that, too, such a gorgeous colour!

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    1. :-) it did cross my mind! But only briefly...chopping was more tempting. Thanks Jackie!

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  4. It came out beautifully, I'm going to give it a try at some point, once I find some nice jumpers.
    x

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    1. really pleased you like it! I'm on the look out for more too - maybe stripes next time x

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  5. That's brilliant! All from one jumper! It really makes you look at the potential in things x love the idea of little mice xx

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    1. thanks Linda - little mice are next on the list, will post them soon! x

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