Thrifty Sweater Upcycle and more {Swap it Like it’s Hot!}

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Hi Friends! Have I got a fun post for you today! It’s time once again for Swap it Like It’s Hot hosted by the very fun Charlotte of Ciburbanity!  This challenge is where we go to the thrift store and find a bunch of crap, then send it to another blogger to make over. In turn we also received a box of crap, only my crap was good. Real good, ya’ll.

Here is what the talented Kimm from Reinvented sent to me this round:

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More great stuff!

I’m guessing the metal thingy was maybe a salt and pepper shaker holder? Anyway I thought it was pretty cool. There’s so much you can do with a sweater (I actually tried it on…thought about keeping it to wear 😉 ), and a tray is always a good makeover option.

My plan was to use all three pieces to make a Fall vignette.

One didn’t make the cut, but the other two did.

Here’s what I came up with…

Upccycle an old sweater into this whimsicle Owl. Use the leftovers for a pumpkin or two! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Cute right?

The sweater provided endless possibilities! Can you see what else made the cut?

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That’s the metal thingy…it became a simple Fall arrangement!

I added floral foam to the bottom, covered that in moss and added floral stems left over from my Fall Lantern Centerpiece.  I topped it off with a mini white pumpkin from my Mini Pumpkin Garland supplies.

The owl is probably my favorite though.

Upccycle an old sweater into this whimsicle Owl. Use the leftovers for a pumpkin or two! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I used some fabric scraps and pieces of an old crocheted table runner along with the sweater to create him.

With what was left from the sweater, I made this big pumpkin:

Upccycle an old sweater into this whimsicle Owl. Use the leftovers for a pumpkin or two! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I had never made a sweater pumpkin before, but this was pretty simple. To make it, I cut out a circle from the sweater, and gathered it all around the edges using a large needle and crochet thread.

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Then I stuffed it with polyfil, and pulled the thread tightly and knotted it. I couldn’t get it to close super tightly because of the thickness of the sweater, but luckily the stem I stole from a not-so-pretty pumpkin was large enough to cover the opening. I used the crochet thread to make the divided areas evenly all around.

The owl was pretty simple to make as well.

If you’ve got an old sweater and want a little hooter of your own, here’s how I did it…

First I sketched a pattern and cut it out. (You may want to use fabric scraps first to test out your pattern before cutting into your sweater, to make sure you will like the look and shape of it.)

Here’s a quick pictorial for the rest:

Upccycle an old sweater into this whimsicle Owl. Use the leftovers for a pumpkin or two! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I left an opening on the side to fill it, and stuffed the top with polyfil, then added popcorn kernels to the bottom, to give to give it some weight so it would sit easily.

Upccycle an old sweater into this whimsicle Owl. Use the leftovers for a pumpkin or two! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

He’s the star of this neutral Fall vignette.

Unfortunately the tray did not make the cut. I was planning to use it as is for the base of this vignette since it was kind of a Fall color already, but it was too small (or I made my pumpkin to dang big!) and I just couldn’t make it work.

Upccycle an old sweater into this whimsicle Owl. Use the leftovers for a pumpkin or two! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

The grapevine pumpkin came from Walmart  a few years back. It was part of my Thrifty Fall Décor last year.

Upccycle an old sweater into this whimsicle Owl. Use the leftovers for a pumpkin or two! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

 

Swap it Like it's Hot thrift swap makeover

 

Upccycle an old sweater into this whimsicle Owl. Use the leftovers for a pumpkin or two! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

 

Upccycle an old sweater into this whimsicle Owl. Use the leftovers for a pumpkin or two! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Guess who I got to send to this year? Shanna! She was pretty easy on me last year, so I tried not to be too hard on her.

Here’s what I sent her to makeover:

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Check out what she did with it  here! 🙂

Want to see what I got from Shanna last round?

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Um yeah…a little more difficult to make over, but I did it! See what I did with the lamp HERE, and check out the basket now HERE!

And here’s all the makeovers from this round from my fellow swap-it friends:

MONDAY

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That’s My Letter / DIY On the Cheap / Run To Radiance / The Gathered Home

Two Thirty Five Designs / Chaotically Creative / Decor Adventures / Homemade By Carmona

TUESDAY

Tuesday

Thoughts From Alice / Reinvented / Confessions Of A Serial Do-It-Yourselfer / Restoration Redoux

Always Never Done / I Am a Homemaker / Black and White Obsession / Windgate Lane

WEDNESDAY

Wednesday

Town and Country Living / brepurposed / The Charming Farmer / 58 Water Street

Designer Trapped In A Lawyer’s Body / Year of Serendipity / White House Black Shutters / Desert Domicile

THURSDAY

Thursday

Two Purple Couches / Like A Saturday / Finding Silver Pennies / Artsy Chicks Rule

Something to Be Found / Shades of Blue Interiors / Simple Designing / Our Southern Home

FRIDAY

Friday

Evey’s Creations / Dragonfly and Lilypads / Weekend Craft / Ciburbanity

A Designer At Home / Polished Habitat / Blue i Style / Addicted 2 DIY

 

XO,

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Comments

  1. Robin Stephens says:

    So….after following along for a couple of years….I’ve just realized why you’re so amazing. You got all the creative genes God made. Yep. You. Have. All. Of. Them. But, you wear them well! One more attagirl to you! (LOVED the owl!!)

  2. OMG, I am IN LOVE with that owl! AND the pumpkin! Now, the next step in this party is that you have to mail back what you were sent, right?? 😉 Ha! Very creative, my friend!!

  3. Oh my goodness! You’re an absolute genius! That pumpkin is just about the cutest fall decor ever, followed close behind by the adorable owl!!

  4. How fun! You nailed it with the sweater and love the pumpkin too, Christy!

  5. So great! I love it all, but that little owl is the cutest!

  6. Love the adorable little owl.

  7. That owl is just so darn CUTE!! Whenever I’m hands deep in sewing projects I always seem to forget those little extras (like the popcorn) to make the project more polished. Such a good reminder! That pumpkin is beyond beautiful. Bravo Christy!

  8. That owl! I think that was the most useful sweater in history!

  9. Love it all. I want the details of the pumpkin. So adorable.

  10. Rita Spittler says:

    So adorable. I love it all. I would like to see more about how you made your pumpkin. I think they’re next on my list. So cute.

  11. Great upcycles! Love the owl and sweater pumpkin! As I have said before, you are so talented my friend:)

  12. Oh I remember this fun challenge! I was blown away by the creative ingenuity of each and every one of you. Okay, that sweater owl is just stink’n ADORABLE! Love the sweater pumpkin too. I would have never guessed hiding underneath all the Fall florals was that ugly thing-a-ma-jig holder. You’re one of my Thrift Store Reimaginer Rockstars!

    • OOH do you think I could add that title to my resume? “Thrift Store Reimaginer” ha ha! Thanks, Marie! Imagine my relief to open my box from Kimm…you just never know what you’re gonna get! XO

  13. These are adorable! You were definitely blessed with creativity!!

  14. So so cute, Christie! The owl is beyond adorable… you should start an owl etsy shop. 🙂 Thanks for being part of the fun!

  15. So adorable Christy!!!
    xo
    Nancy

  16. ….annnnd I’m off to go look for a sweater at the thrift store! LOVE.

  17. Owls are one of my favorite things! Your sweater owl is so, so cute! And I love the pumpkin you made to go with him!

  18. Oh my goodness, adorable! I love that owl and I’m thinking I need to make one of those sweater pumpkins! Awesome job.

  19. Brilliant! I don’t know what I love more the owl or the sweater pumpkin. I’m so impressed what a gorgeous transformation.

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