On a post last week, I presented a little challenge to myself….how many Christmas decorations could I make out of a $5 thrift-store sweater?????? True confessions….giving myself a challenge like that was a GREAT excuse to put everything aside, great creative, and make a big mess at the Clubhouse. (Next maybe I’ll ‘challenge’ myself to take a nap or eat a Hershey bar, hahahahaha!) Other Brave Girls gave me TONS of inspiration here on the blog an on our Facebook page…THANK YOU! You put my imagination into overdrive.
SO….here’s what I came up with…some things took an hour or so, some as little as 15 minutes. I made the sweater fabric stretch as far as possible (ha ha) by combining it with other things we had around, and I made some little gifts along with the decorations. Now in no particular order….here’s what a beautiful $5 thrift store sweater turned into….
12 mittens stitched onto felt backings with wool hearts and old buttons and such….
A sweet journal slipcover….perfect for recording winter dreams. The clasps from the sweater made a perfect closure.
3. JOY Gift Bag
4. LOVE Beanie (just for Madi) …
The letters were free-hand snipped out of wool, stitched to a black wool patch, then stitched onto the front of a stocking hat.
The back of the cuff is my favorite…. 🙂
6. Fireside Pillow….
‘Come sit with me by the fire’…. really, come on over! 🙂
7. A Stocking Hat Ornament….stitched with ‘Snow Day’
8. A Stocking Hat Gift Tag
Repurposed logo bag from last winter’s Soul Comfort camps…the trees are strategically placed to cover the Soul Comfort logo. 🙂
11. Truth Card Cozy
(Thanks to Carl for making this one!)
12. Kisses & Hugs Letters
13. Little Bird Ornament
I made this one with felt, Brave Girl tissue paper, lots of mod podge, and a pair of the sweater clasps.
14. “Never judge a book by its movie” bookmark
16. Boot Cuffs!
17. BRAVE Gift Bag
18. Candle In The Window…Candle Jar Cozy
Candle in the Window is a great Alabama song…and I love it stitched on this candle. It’s held together on the back with three vintage buttons.
19. Chunky Flower for Head Band
20. Here’s My Heart Candle
21. 3 Heart Ornaments
22. XOXO Heart Gift Tags
23. A giant flower for a cute hat…
…finished off with our ‘Protect Your Peace’ button from Soul School
So that’s it! I finally had to make myself stop and get back to ‘work’…I still have a basket of wool pieces left, just waiting for their chance to be turned into something new.
Give this challenge a try! See what you might be able to make from a thrift store find..or even something that’s been living in your closet. We’d love to see what you come up with!!! Thanks again for all the inspiration, Braves. 🙂
Wishing each of you a blessed season of PEACE…find more DIY projects with instructions and videos here.