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04 January, 2014

Easy No-Sew Sweater Wreath

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT No-Sew Sweater Wreath I am so excited to join the No-Sew Showcase gang once again to share our monthly projects! As always, they are fun and easy and do not require a single stitch…my favorite combination! This month our theme is a warm and cozy home…and what says cozy more than a sweater…

Kitty …unless it’s a cat sleeping in the sunshine! If Miss Kitty were awake, she would tell you what you need to create this wreath:
  • A straw wreath form (I got mine at Michaels for about $3.50 with a coupon.)
  • Two sweaters…one for the wreath and one preferably made of wool for the flowers (Mine came from Goodwill. I chose one in cream and one in charcoal grey.)
  • Buttons for the flower centers (I took mine from one of the sweaters.)
  • Strips of burlap
  • Strips of white sheeting
  • Stapler
  • Hot glue gun
  • Straight pins

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Sweater Wreath Tutorial Here’s what you do:
1. Wrap the strips of sheeting around the wreath from, stapling them in place as you go. This will keep the straw from looking quite so lumpy and showing through.
2. Cut the sleeves from the sweater that you plan to use for the wreath. (Don’t worry…I am going to share a project that will use the rest of your sweater in a moment!)
3. Cut the sleeves open along the seam line.
4. Wrap one of the sleeves around the wreath form, pinning it in place as you go and leaving the finished edge open. (I tried stapling, but it was just too thick.) Stretch the sleeve and overlap on the back side of the wreath as needed to achieve a smooth look.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Sweater Wreath Tutorial 2 5. Repeat # 4 above with the second sleeve, beginning by tucking the unfinished edge under the finished edge of the first sleeve. Then finish it by overlapping its finished edge over the unfinished edge of the first sleeve.
6. Hot glue the sleeves in place. I didn’t bother to remove the pins.
7. Trim the remaining overlap from the sleeves to create a neat back for your wreath.
8. And…taaa daa!…it’s done! Now you are ready to add flowers!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Fabric Flowers I used two kinds of flowers for some contrast and texture.
First, I made two burlap roses. You can find the tutorial here.
Next, I made five flowers using the charcoal grey wool sweater. It is best to felt the wool (basically wash it in the washing machine on hot and dry it in the dryer on high) so that it will not fray. But...I think someone had accidentally already done that with mine since it was an extra-large and looked like it would fit a toddler! lol  Here’s what I did:
  • I cut flower shapes in three sizes using the pattern that I found here. 
  • I stacked the three shapes from largest to smallest using the glue gun to add a bit of glue to the center of each one.
  • Finally, I added the button. I actually cut the button away from the sweater, leaving the thread intact so that it looks like I sewed it all together. Smart, huh?

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Sweater Wreath Then I just hot-glued them on the wreath and that’s it! I think it looks all warm and cozy and wintery!

Confessions of a Plate Addict - Sweater Pillows and Burlap Rose TutorialAnd now for what to do with your sleeveless sweater…make a sweater pillow! It’s fun and super easy, too! I even added another burlap rose!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT No-Sew Basket LinersAnd just in case you missed it…here’s another one of my no-sew projects that will come in handy as you are doing your organizing right now…my no-sew basket liners! You will find the tutorial here.

No-Sew Showcase for January 2014I have had so much fun with my favorite group and I hope you have enjoyed seeing my little no-sew project for January! Be sure to head on over to see what the rest of the gang has in store for you…

The Everyday Home- No-Sew Sweater Lampshade

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed seeing my no-sew sweater wreath! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party , Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday , The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday , Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday , A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday , My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures, Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays , The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays , No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays, French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday , Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays , The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday , Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday
See you next time! À la prochaine!

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  1. This is darling! I love the gray flowers and the way they are layered. So happy to be a part of this group with you!

  2. I absolutely will be making one of these. (I seem to recall I *may have a few extra thrift store sweaters laying around) LOL
    I love the fact that you used two different fabrics for the flowers, but my fave are the wool flowers. Adore! Pinned. This was my fave month of projects. xxoo

  3. Love the wreath and what a great way to use a thrift shop sweater!! You always have the best ideas!

  4. That is a darling option for a winter wreath!

    I tried to post to you yesterday, but for some reason I couldn't. Not sure why, but it seems to be working today.

    Happy New Year!

  5. Debbie, How cute and clever is that! I love this fun wintry wreath! Adding the fabric flowers to it gives it a chunky warm and fun look! Great use of an old sweater! I bet we could come up with a use for every part of a sweater! LOVE working with the No-Sew girls!

  6. I love this wreath, Debbie! Your tutorial is great and looks like it's something I might be able to pull off. :D The flowers are really cute too. Love the colors that you combined together.

  7. Love your sweater wreath!! The flowers are super cute. Great job with all your new sew projects! ~ Jamie

  8. Your wreath is perfect for winter, Debbie. I love the sweater base and the pretty flowers you made to adorn it.

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  10. Wow. I love your talent and ingenuity. I don't even come close in comparison.

  11. Debbie,
    NO~Sew. . .sounds "purr"fect for here on the Prairie and our 2014 Silent Auction donation!!!
    Miss Kitty, I've been taking a few "cat naps" since the first of the Year, too!
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  12. Debbie- Debbie! I just love that wreath, it's beautiful! Those pillows are just wonderful, you've always had such great ideas and I'm so happy I dropped in to see you! I'm back to blogging and your blog is one that I love to read, it's truly terrific.

    Stay warm!

  13. Your sweater wreath is warm, cozy, and so versatile! I've linked it to my post today - a sort of wreath idea round-up - also linked your heart wreath. I hope you get a few additional visitors checking out your tutorial.
    Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

  14. I made this today. Thanks for the inspiration. It is a great winter wreath and I got to use an old sweater that was stained and was waiting to be repurposed!

  15. The link for the gray flower pattern says it no longer exists. Do you have any thoughts where I can find another? My wreath is finished and needs some adornments!

    1. Sorry! I found another pattern which is similar and has multiple sizes. I hope that helps!


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