Turn a Sweater into a Sweater Wreath

A sweater wreath has been a project that I’ve wanted to try for a long while.  This fall when I switched my closet from summer to fall/winter, I noticed that one of my favorite sweaters had developed two holes just under the v-neck making it unwearable.  I stashed this sweater away with the hope of crafting it into a wreath.

This wreath is incredibly easy to make.  If you’d like to try it yourself, you will need:  a wreath form, quilt batting, an old sweater, a glue gun, wire to make a hanger, and scissors.
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(Normally I would use a straw base for a wreath like this to give it more body but a wire form was what I had on-hand.)

I started by cutting the batting into wide strips.  I ended up using all but one of the cut strips shown below.
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Before wrapping the wreath with the batting, make a wire hanger and attach it to the back of the wreath.  (Not shown)

Use hot glue to secure an end of the batting to the wire form and then wrap the form until it is covered.
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Next, cut the sweater into strips.  I cut off the banding edges and v-neck edges if they ended up being in a place that showed on the finished side.  Wrap and glue the sweater pieces around the batting covered form.
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To make the “bow”, I stitched the two sweater arms together as shown and cut off the excess.
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Wrap the arms around the wreath base and tie into a loose knot.
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Hang and enjoy!
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A darker colored sweater may have “popped” more against my cream colored door but I like the neutral look of this wreath.
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If you like my wreath, see Pieced Pastimes for an adorable scarf wreath.

Since this was so easy to make, I’m considering making a second wreath for our kitchen door with a colored sweater.

Winter is a tough door decorating season for me and I’m glad to have this wreath to enjoy until it’s time to think about a spring wreath.  What’s on your door for winter?  Do you find winter doors hard to decorate?

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Comments

  1. I like the neutral look too…I think it pops from the far away shot. Looks great!!

  2. I love this! It’s really pretty! Thanks for the great tutorial. I always assumed this required sewing machines skills which I do not have. Great to see that even I could make this!

  3. It’s so simple and elegant! And it’s perfect for your front door. I don’t have a wreath on mine right now. Something like this would be nice! ♥

  4. So pretty, it looks like a warm, welcoming hug!

  5. I like this idea. I’m trying out the Linky Followers. I’ve just added it to my new vintage crafting blog Threadsinthenest.blogspot.com if you would like to check it out sometime.

    I’ll be following!

  6. Hi Paula! Oh, this is amazing! You are just the smartest little thing! Your wreath looks great on your front door.
    Be a sweetie
    Shelia ;)

  7. I LOVE IT! I’ve never even heard of a sweater wreath. I am just blown away by this project. That is so stinkin’cute! My door is naked. I may need to check my closet for old sweaters. So cute!

  8. That is so adorable! Would make such cute Christmas presents. I’m always at a loss as to what to put on the door once the holidays are over. This is perfect. Love your front porch, too.

  9. Great idea! I saved some clothes from the closet too, to cut up and use for crafts. Love yours!
    Debbie

  10. That is so cute! I have more than a few old sweaters that are just collecting dust in my closet! I guess I need to get them out and make some wreaths:)

  11. This is so cute and something on my list to try!

  12. This turned out so nice! I love the simplicity of it and the natural coloring. Thanks for sharing an awesome idea!

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