This post is the first of a series that I have called “the sweater challenge”. How many redesigned items can I actually make from a sweater? The intention is to use as much of the material as possible to create as little waste as possible. The items need to look nice, and be functional. ❤ Do you want to join me? I will be posting on Instagram with the tag #zerowasteredesign.
Or you can just follow me on IG under CodegreenbySoAmamador or my private account SoAmador 😉
So the sweater I am using is a 100 % cotton knit in the color “ultimate snoring grey”. (Sorry about the bad lighting in the photos, winter happened)
First up is making the arms into Leggings. Ooor what I will use them for…my thighs. I an choosing not to freeze this winter. UTI`s are soo LAST YEAR!
- 1 ruler
- 1 pair of sissors
- Chalk for drawing
- Lace with stretch
- Sewing machine
- Black thread
- Measuring tape
- Black fabric paint
- Plastic to cover the surface
- Iron and ironboard
- First I used used a ruler and chalk to make a straight line across the arm from the armhole. After cutting it, I folded the sleeve from the seam and out. Then I get to see if the line is straight or not. Cut away the extra fabric. Repeat on the second sleeve.
- I cut off the rib (saving that for another item).
- Do the same on the other sleeve. Double check that they are the same length by putting the sleeves on top of each other. Cut away fabric to make them even.
- Measure the circumcise of the top and bottom of the sleeve. Then add 2 cm. That is your measure. Then measure the lace and cut 4 lengths.
- So since I didn’t have a color that looked good with the grey, I used black fabric paint and a sponge and dabbed it on the lace. I let the lace dry, then I ironed it on the setting wool for 5 min with a cover over for protection. I could have gone over one more time with black paint, but I like the effect with a little pink shining through. It gets a little vintage feeling.
- Sew the ends of each lace together with seam allowance on 1 cm. Pin the lace to fabric. I chose to let the lace cover 1,5 cm of the hem. Then the effect of the lace as see through will be more visible, blending better with whatever pants I am wearing that day. I used a zigzag with 5 mm wide and 3 mm stitch to fasten the lace.
Then its done! Hope this can solve the problems of way to many sweaters with arms you got laying around. Or maybe just some inspiration for a DIY-Christmas presents 😉
Thx for reading ❤ Here is ANOTHER picture with terrible lighting. The ELEVATOR picture! But what ya gonna do when winter came and stole the daylight 😉
So finally it seems like winter is upon us. The degrees have fallen below 0 in the couple of days and the first snow has arrived. The need for warm sweaters, hot tea, blankets and flickering candles is real ❤
So since the latest wool sweater I bought had been attacked by moths, I thought it needed some extra love. So I decided it should have a upgrade and a pinch of color. (I need color, all grey just makes me sad)
I will show you a super easy way you can upgrade your sweaters, and seriously it doesn’t take that long either 😉
What you need
- Patch in your preferred design
- Iron-board (or use a towel)
- Cloth (to cover the patch)
- Yarn for embroidery
Iron on the patch
- Start with placing your patch. To be sure of the placement, pin it in place and try on the sweater so you know it looks alright.
- Then set your iron to cotton (low) with no steam. To make the glue set you need a high temperature even if the fabric is much gentler, like wool. Cover the patch and the sweater with a cloth and iron it for 30 sec to 1 min. let it cool and check if it stuck to the fabric. If not repeat the process.
- turn the sweater inside out, cover with a cloth. Then iron the back of the patch.
Sew loop hem around neckline
- Cut off around 50-70 cm from the yarn. Prepare the thread by making a knot on the end. Thread the yarn into the needle.
- Decide where you want to start the hem. I recommend that you start in the V on the V-neck or on the shoulder seam if you have a round-neck sweater.
- Pull the needle through the fabric, fasten the thread by pulling the thread until it stops by the knot. Then put the needle back in the same hole back through the fabric. Pull the thread until you get a little loop. Decide the length of the stitch, mine is approx 4 mm, and make sure your thread goes through the loop. Pull the thread so the stitch sits naturally on the fabric.
- Next, you make a loop again by putting the needle back in the same hole as the tread. Repeat until you have sewn around the neckline. Fasten the tread with making a knot on the back of the fabric.
Then it is d.o.n.e! It doesn’t have to be much to make a piece of clothing unique and personal.
Thx for reading and enjoy my goofy looking face. The sweater turned out pretty good though. ❤ This one will definitely be a good friend this winter.
I came across this college sweater the other day when I was out thriftin. Well hello there plain Jane (insert light bulb) lets dazzle you up ❤ And then she went home with me, cheap but clean…..
Before starting on this creative endevour I razzeld up everything I have that possibly could be used to style this sweater.
Lace; can be used to create texture, by using color fabric spray. Then you get the reverse effect of the lace as a print, or sewn directly on to the sweater.
Ribbons; use along the sleeves, hemlines to create an effect. Several different types and colors can be cool together. You can also make letters or write something cursive (best sewn on by hand if you are not super skilled on a machine)
Patches; Mine where purchased on H&M. They are super easy to attach. Just Iron on ❤ It can make any piece of clothing more interesting. A tip for buying patches is on eBay. There is an insanely amount of different types. They can also be used to fix holes in your clothes, which contributes to en-long the lifespan of your clothes.
Fabric Paint; And that is what I ended up using this time. I will show you what I did.
Equipment that I used
- Fabric paint,
- A plate to mix,
- 6 sponges 1 for each color (normal sponges cut in 2 works great).
- Fabric pen in black
- Lace (not necessary)
- First I drew the word I wanted in the size that seemed good (height 7,5 cm and 1 cm between each letter). I did this by using a ruler and a pencil. Then a paper-knife to cut out all the letters. (A tip is to save the letters, you can use them for a “negative space” look another time 😉
- Then I picked my colors, magenta, blue, green, yellow, white and gold. I mixed a little white in with the colors so I could get more of a pastel look. Then I used my sponges to divide the color. I tried to blend a little in the transition of each color, but not to much. I still wanted strong colors
- I used a black fabric pen to outline the letters to get a bigger contrast and make them more visible on the sweater.
- Since there was lacking some gold stars. I had to draw and cut out some stars to make the magic come alive.
- Playing a hard sleeve game. So this was fun. Its like making a painting on the sweater, but not that complicated. I used a lace and a sponge with blue with the intention to get the pattern of the lace. But it didn’t work as well as I hoped (I think spray paint works better), but anyhow it left some interesting patterns. Then I let it dry a little before I continued with the other colors, doing the same as I did with the letters, blending a little in-between the colors. You can say the sleeves is kind of nebula inspired. After it all dried, I drew on the words BELIEVE and IN, so when you cross your arms you really do BELIEVE IN MAGIC.
- Last step was to fixate the paint and iron down the unicorn patch. The paint had to be ironed in the back for 5 min on the setting cotton. The same with the patch, except it needed ironing on the front as well covered with a moist cloth.
TADAA. The result!! Unique as a unicorn ❤ And magic to last me a lifetime (maybe not that long, but who is counting) Thrifted, one of a kind, stylish, and just a little more sustainable. Every little deed counts for something. I hope you enjoyed this, and maybe you feel inspired to vomit rainbows with me. Please share if you do 😉 ❤