Weekend Wanderings 3.26


I Unpacked some my Yard Sale finds, and actually had time to quickly makeover two of them to share! You can spot them in the following photos…a lavender sweater and a vintage bird tray.

The Unpack…

Unpacked: a book, small wooden box and the rusty bird tray that I refresh.

Unpacked: a Ribbon Sweater I Upcycle to a Spring pillow, plus future project t-shirts (I love the graphics) and a basket for a Spring centerpiece.

The Before Tray…


A fresh coat of creamy white craft paint and a quick dab & wipe with a damp soft rag cleans up this tweet metal tray…

A Before Sweater becomes a Spring Pillow…

My pretty designer-label lavender ribbon (not yarn!) sweater is Upcycled into a Spring pillow…

To make my ribbon sweater pillow I grabbed a feather pillow form from another toss pillow I had already, and stuffed it into the body portion of the sweater to see if the form fit. Now, I just needed to sew three sides! I turned the sweater inside-out and pinned the sides so they would not slip around as I sewed them. I did not mark or measure, the seams would be made just inside the narrowest part (arm hole and neck, see photo below) and I used the lines of the knitted ribbon fabric as my “straight guide”. Here’s a TRICK I learned from my sister, who was a great seamstress: To prevent the knitted ribbon loops from getting caught in the bottom presser foot of the sewing machine, lay the sweater on top of a strip of white paper, so the paper is pinned onto the backside of the sweater, -see photo below, which shows it after it was stitched : ) allowing the fabric to move smoothly across the machine. Once the side was stitched I flipped it over and tore the paper carefully away from the stitches.

And repeated the paper/fabric pinning the other side then on the neck side. After the 3 sides were stitched, but before stuffing the pillow (bottom edge is left unstitched for stuffing), I trimmed off the excess sweater parts (old seams, neck, and arms.) Don’t worry the stitching prevents the cut edges from fraying into the pillow area.

After stuffing the sweater with the pillow form,

the opening is closed by I weaving a lightweight ribbon to create a pretty edge detail. I used a mock needle by folding over a plastic twisty because I again could not find a needle with a large enough “eye” opening. You can see what I am talking about HERE, I used the same technique for my DIY Cable Knit Rug pillow.

Both yard sale cast-offs turned out perfect for my Spring decor at the lake cottage!  I will share the other Upcycle & Refresh yard sale treasures when I finish them.


Make something pretty today!

Thanks for Meeting Me Lakeside,

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