Recycled Sweater Vases

A couple of weeks ago, Hubby and I went on a date sans kids (thanks mom!) Though it may not sound extremely romantic, we went to Barnes and Noble and just read quietly for an hour. It was so nice to flip through magazines without having to keep one eye on the kids. I was flipping through the US Country Living and saw an article about using sweaters to cover items in your home. I loved the vases, but their instructions were vague at best and involved a lot of cutting and hot glue. Sounded kind of messy to me. I wasn’t really keen on the idea of them being glued together as cleaning the cover and vase if necessary, wouldn’t be very easy. I also wanted to be able to swap out covers to coordinate with whatever was in them, or wherever they were in the house.I knew I could figure out a better way, so I gathered some thrifted sweaters and some empty bottles, and away I went. I am really pleased with how they turned out. I think it’s a really nice way to add some colour and texture to an arrangement. They are so easy to make, and very quick as well. It’s fun to use different textured and patterned sweaters to create some different looks. Here is a tutorial in case you want to make some of your own. Hope you guys have a great weekend.

gifts, green, home, sewing, thrift store finds • Saturday, February 6th, 2010 • 14 Comments »
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14 Responses to “Recycled Sweater Vases”

  1. Mousy Brown says:

    You never fail to amaze me with your inventiveness! Brilliant tutorial! Hope you are feeling all better and your weekend is a great one 🙂

  2. Summerfete says:

    they are awesome!

    I’m actually making a crochet sleeve for a vase,
    I needed a brake from the hook and her I am.

    Clare x

  3. French Knots says:

    What a brilliant idea, they look so stylish I’m thinking ‘which jumper can I chop up?’ Of course I have an empty wine bottle ready and waiting…!

  4. AG Ambroult says:

    those are great! That combination of colors together makes a beautiful arrangement.

  5. Anna, Sydney says:

    Is that your photo? From your house? It looks straight out of an interior decorator magazine. Seriously.

    And I second French Knots, luckily there’s always an empty wine bottle ready and waiting…(wish it was the same for the full ones!!) HA!

  6. Emily says:

    What a great idea. These look so nice!

  7. Jennifer says:

    Thanks everybody, I’d love to see some if you guys make any.

    Anna, yes that is my picture, thanks for the compliment. You are always so sweet.

  8. Sue says:

    Love them,I will have to see what jumpers are available at my local charity shops.

    Sue

  9. elizabeth says:

    These are so cool. I really need to plan a trip to the thrift store to stock up on some sweaters. I have so many projects that use them. Thanks for sharing.

  10. These are fantastic – so simple an idea, but so effective!

  11. Nicole says:

    very inventive!

  12. Tallis says:

    I’m loving your ideas – very nice 🙂

  13. Megan says:

    Yours looks great! I saw that article, too, and loved the idea, but I’ll follow your tutorial instead. Thanks!
    By the way, the book store is one of our favorite dates, too. Of course we adore our children, but one thing we long for from our kid-free days is going to a coffee shop on Sunday morning and reading the New York Times. Every once in a while, we get a babysitter so we can do that again.

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