Now that the weather is getting cooler in most places, you may be pulling your sweaters from last year out of the back of your closet. And maybe there are a few that you decide won't be making it into your wardrobe rotation. Before you get rid of an unwanted sweater, consider whether it could have a new life as a sweater pillow. Here's how to add a bit of knit texture to your decor by sewing your own sweater pillow.
A few years ago, super chunky knit blankets started popping up on blogs and Pinterest, and I immediately knew I wanted to knit my own. Mine knit up quite quickly and easily, and I've been enjoying its cozy embrace ever since. Now I'm even considering putting one of these kits to knit another on my Christmas list, partly because my cat thinks that the one I made should be reserved soley for her use. But also because I'm really not sure you can have too many of these luscious chunky knit throws. Ready to test that hypothesis? Here are a variety of options for buying or making your own chunky knit blanket.
Hack together a knit floor pouf with heaps of fabric yarn, a rattan floor pouf from IKEA, and this tutorial.
Okay, so I don't know how to knit and I've never tried. But, holy cow, if this DIY giant knit blanket doesn't make me want to learn STAT!
Okay, so I don't know exactly what you'd do with a bunch of knitted candy corn, but I'm willing to figure it out. Gifts? Table top decor? Dog toys?!
Young, old, cat, dog, everybody enjoys a discovering a filled stocking on Christmas morning. The BEST stockings have always been and will ever be homemade. From machine sewn to no-sew, from knit to crochet, in this round up, we've amassed hundreds--yes hundreds--of stocking tutorials to help you make this Christmas joyful and bright!
To ease ourselves into things, we're going to start with a super-simple stocking-making video from Hobby...
Knitted poufs have been huge, huge, huge lately and while I fully embrace the trend, I don't really care for the accompanying price tags. From Christien Meindertsma's $2400 Urchin Poufs to Ferm Living's $268 knitted floor pillows, they seem a little more than steep. If you've got the skills - or a grandma who loves you dearly - you can make your own for a fraction of the cost!
Potholders are a great way to practice your sewing, crocheting and knitting techniques. They take very little fabric/yarn and you can whip one out faster than, say, a scarf or an afghan. The only tough part about making one is choosing which FREE
Studio Beelden Bouwers thought it would be a good idea to re-use old sweaters by turning them into lampshades. They were right. For knitters or crocheters, customizing shapes for lampshade slipcovers would be a snap. Pieced together with a blanket stitch....hmm. From 3rings.
You know those heavy duty plastic bags that duvet covers, quilts, shams and etcetera come in these days? One way they can find a second life by keeping your yarn stash tidy.
If you currently keep your yarn stash in a big plastic storage container, you know that the individual balls or skeins find a way to become a tangled mess in no time.You reach in, dig around, balls unravel.
However, plastic bags that hold queen and king-sized bedding can...
We've had teeny tiny knitting and now we have ginormous knitting.
While suffering disappointment earlier today at my favorite craft store--they were out of the yarn I wanted--I meandered over to the pattern books and found a copy of Erika Knight's Simple Knits with a Twist: Unique Project for Creative Knitters ($15.96). I about let out a whoop when I flipped the pages to a picture of this knitted slipcover. I'm not sure how practical it would be, but it certainly is beautiful! Now...if I could just convert...
Just in time for spooky Halloween crafts, Bernat has introduced their new worsted weight glow in the dark yarn. To make your photo-luminescent experience even more fun, Bernat also has some free knit and crochet patterns to download like the knitted 'boo' bag pictured above the glowing crocheted star below.
Tipnut has assembled the ultimate list of homemade Swiffer Cloth Patterns. Some you sew, some you crochet, and some you knit.
Pop culture figures often come with their favorite accessories: Twiggy's eyelashes, Kojak's lollipop, and for Dr. Who, an impractically long multicolored scarf. Who fan Chris Brimelow offers a how-tos and patternsfor knitting your own.
I was fortunate to snag a Nintendo Wii when I was out of the country (still not available in the U.S., right?) and I'm finally building some Wii-mote skills on the marvellous Super Mario Galaxy, which is everybit as fun as Super Mario Brothers for the NES.
And it includes plenty of these goombas for the smashing, but thankfully none of those ducks with the turtle shells.
Grab the goomba hat pattern here.
Your winter clothes are out of storage again, and some of your sweaters might not look as presentable as when you put them away last year. Farrah Parkes from DIYLife has assembled some of the best tutorials 'round the 'net for recycling you sweaters.
1. Simple instructions for using sweater sleeves to make extra long gloves
2. Sew knit or felted mittens
3. Create a felted bag
4. A recycled sweater coin purse
5. Turn your old sweater into a...
I don't imagine a cuter hat could exist. The Coverall Hat by Oeuf is designed to solve the eternal problem of keeping the hat on the youngster's noggin, where it belongs. The effect, however, is ultimate adorableness.
DIYable? For sure. Can the design translate into an adult model? Absolutely, but we should probably keep our shirts on.
Made from 100% baby alpaca wool, which is non-allergenic.