Thursday, 23 October 2014

Jumper upcycling…you might warm to...

I had this favourite cashmere jumper; it was a bit baggy and shapeless, but I loved it because it was a present from my husband before he went to Afghanistan the first time.

The jumper was the thing I'd reach for when the kids were finally in bed, and I had a bit of time on my own in front of the telly with my granny squares.
I think I wore it nearly every night for those 6 months. Funny how it became such a comfort, but it did. And it was a long six months.

Anyway, probably because I wore it endlessly, it started slowly falling apart - under the arms, then an elbow, then a random hole. Eventually I just left it in the drawer, until it was time for my old friend to become something else - and no, not a rabbit, though obviously that did cross my mind! No, I wanted to make the jumper into a useful thing, and so settled on a hot water bottle cover, because I  love a hottie; and the one I'd been using has a football on the front.
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Hand up here, because I nicked this idea from a lovely friend who used to blog, and made one out of an old cashmere scarf she'd picked up in a charity shop. It was woven rather than knitted cashmere, and possibly easier to work with, but after a few hot washes my jumper shrank quite nicely to tiny, tight proportions. So small in fact, that I was worried there mightn't be enough jumper to make the cover! In the end I opened up the non-holey sleeve.



Then I just drew around the bottle on some newspaper, added a centimetre with a ruler at points round my drawing, and joined the dots. Once I'd cut it out, I folded it lengthways to make sure it was as symmetrical as possible, snipping off any extra bits.



I cut a whole one out from the sleeve, then used the ribbing at the bottom of the jumper to cut two overlapping pieces. The top section is just over a third of the bottle, the bottom piece makes up the rest + an extra 6cm for the overlap.





Then pinned it inside out, making sure when I turned it back the top section covered the bottom, rather than the other way round - I say that, because I often forget to check…
Didn't take long to sew round, and I'm by no means a ninja with a sewing machine. I added a zigzag row to neaten the seams and stop any fraying.

Finished off with two shell buttons that fasten with loops.


It's not perfect, a bit lumpy in places, but I'm really pleased with the end result, and a rather fitting, comfy reincarnation, don't you think?


Also, a pretty easy bit of upcycling, especially when you consider this one costs £109! £109!!

Worth digging out those old jumpers?

16 comments:

  1. Great idea! And I love making "felted" wool. Linda@Wetcreek Blog

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    1. nice felting on purpose, rather than by accident! :)

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  2. I actually prefer yours to the £109 one! :) xx

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  3. I'm not sure i could bear to part with a jumper that meant so much either. It makes a great cover for a hottie. Great idea to deliberately shrink it too. Must have made the sewing so much easier.

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    1. it does make it easier - I've found that with the bunnies too, though if the jumper has any man-made fibres in it, it generally won't shrink - a few cashmere jumpers I've picked up in charity shops seem to have an inbuilt resistance to hot washes, which I suppose is a good thing!

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  4. £109 for a hot water bottle cover, WTF! Yours is far superior anyway, love the colour. My hot water bottle cover has a penis on it! I think I blogged about it last xmas.

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    1. I remember!! :) Crazy money, isn't it?

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  5. Love this idea....I'll be searching through my wardrobe now!

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  6. That's bl**dy brilliant!!!! And I much prefer yours! X

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  7. But of course yours is much nicer - it’s full of memories.

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  8. I love this idea. I did this with one of my mums jumpers after she died. I'll never get rid of it. x

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    1. So special, thinking I might do the same with one of Dad's old jumpers x

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