Upcycled Sweater Wreath
The upcycled sweater wreath idea came from the love of wool and scoping out all the beautiful pure wool sweaters in second hand shops. I’ve had the idea of a felted wool wreath rolling around in my head, and scattered around my sewing room for a few weeks now. In the wee hours of the night I put the last stitch into place and here she is.
Collect wool sweaters
For a project like this you need to make a trip to your local thrift or charity shop. Visit your mending pile or your grandma’s house. Look for 100% wool sweaters (or very close to it). This is harder than you think. I searched and checked tags on hundreds of sweaters. Still, I found only a few that fit the wool criteria and were good bright colors.
Wash to felt
I took all tags off, added a few other sweaters that I’ve been saving up and tossed them all into the washing machine.
I set the washing machine to ‘sanitize’ because that was the longest, hottest cycle the machine has.
This is what they looked like after a couple of washes- baby sweaters. In hindsight, I think I could have only washed the sweaters once and gotten a good felted result. I got a little overzealous and kept on washing. The more pure the wool the better the wool felts when you wash it. The orange sweater in the picture was experimental. I liked the color but it wasn’t 100% wool. (95% or so with something synthetic as the 5%) I tried it anyway. It took a lot more washes to really felt up. I think I washed it 5 times on the super hot cycle.
And here’s the upcycled sweater wreath all finished. A compilation of felted wool sweaters. Lending the front door and the house a warm glow and looking cute.
There are many ways you could go about a project like this, after cutting up the sweaters:
– Piece the sweaters together using a zig-zag stitch on the sewing machine. Top stitch with embroidery floss (pictured above).
– No-sew method- wrap strips of felted wool around a styrofoam wreath form. (or other shape like a Christmas tree) Pin or hot glue the wool into place.
-Cut the wool into shapes, such as circles, bows, flowers. Glue or pin the shapes to a wreath form. Or add to another finished wreath that needs some jazzing up.