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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