make something monday :: sweater bangle


Over the holidays I picked up several thrifted fair isle sweaters that I had planned to use to make some new stockings for our family. One of them in particular was a sweet little red and purple one that I loved but it was a super tiny baby sweater and was badly moth eaten so not really something that could be worn again and in the end a little to small for a full stocking.

I wanted to use it somehow though because I just loved the print and so I cut it up and set it aside knowing that it would be perfect refashioned as a chunky bangle for the winter months. As luck would have it on Christmas Eve my baby sister Katie gifted me a big chunky hand knit bangle (for the record she hand knitted the big purple one because she has real yarn skills - she always makes such sweet hand knit gifts for us I love it!) and the color matched perfectly to the one sitting on my crafting table at home! It was just enough incentive to finish up the one I had started and I love how it turned out. I thought I would share a little step by step with you today in case you are in the mood to make a stack for the chilly winter months too!

 This project is super quick and easy all you need:

old or thrifted sweater
bracelet form
scissors
ruler
needle and yarn or thread


Simply cut a rectangle that is long enough to fit around the bracelet form. Mine was ten inches around the outside and I ended up cutting it down to nine inches to allow for stretch but all sweaters stretch differently so play with the size a bit. and cut it wide enough to allow for sewing down the edges a bit. Again I really just eyeballed this thing and once the rectangle fit pretty well I sewed about 1/4 inch seams on each side and then sewed the whole thing together inside out at each end...make sense?


Then I slipped the sweater over the bracelet...


And used a needle and yarn to hand sew the sweater closed. You could alternately use glue and just glue the sweater down but I wasn't really feeling like fussing with glue on this - if I did use glue I would have used Fabritac my personal favorite!


And that was that, simple and quick a fun little accessory to brighten up these long winter days. Hope you have a wonderful week friends and happy Monday!

PS. another fun sweater project HERE!

15 comments:

  1. What?! I love this! And it's the perfect way to wear bright sweaters that I'm too bashful to wear!

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  2. This is an awesome tutorial and so easy! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. This is such a great tutorial! So easy!

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  4. I had that sweater when I was 12 or 13! I loved it because it could go with anything with all those colors :) What a cute idea and it brought back some good memories. Thanks, Rebekah!

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  5. Super cute rebekah, I want some! (notice I didn't say wanted to make...it looks easy enough but I'm feeling lazy ;))

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  6. lovelovelove these!

    I owe you an email, we've been sick! xoxo

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  7. Great idea! And something I might even be able to pull off. So cute. :)

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  8. I love the pops of color in the sweater pattern you chose. Love this idea so much that I featured it in my blog roundup today: http://blog.mixbook.com/make-your-own-accessories/ Thanks for the inspiration!

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  9. Love it.. linked to you in my blog, hope that's ok :)
    http://crafterlifebyme.blogspot.se/2012/10/the-christmas-series-1-presents.html
    Love, Isabella <3

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  10. Great idea! Martha Stewart had the same ones featured on her site back in 2008.

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  11. This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

    Best,
    Amanda

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