I love to felt, bead and make things my own! I have been thinking about doing is Upcycled sweater for a while.
Step 1: Getting Ready
The fist step is to find a wool sweater at a thrift store. The one I am working with for this instructable is a lambs wool men's sweater (about 1 size too big) that I purchased last winter for $4.
I ran it through the the washer on a hot/cold cycle with something in the washer to help agitate the fibers like tennis balls or sneakers. This is a form of wet felting and it will set the sweaters yarn making it ready to pin felt.
Step 2: Cutting Into a Shape
Then you need to reshape the sweater. I cut the sweater down into the basic shape needed for the top.
I removed the sleeves and the shoulder area of the sweater.
Then I trimmed the arm holes close to the seam so it looks like it is a finished seam.
Saved the sleeves for later projects.
Step 3: Sewing
Turn the sweater inside out. Then form a channel by running a seam along the front and back edges. You will later come up with something to use for a strap. I am thinking that 1" will be good for this project.
Step 4: The Fun! Time to Pin Felt
I choose to do circles for this project. I gathered round shaped items to use as forms then inserted my felting block and began pin felting!
Step 5: Making Shapes and Adding Color!
you and add more roving if it is too thin.
I balled a small amount of roving in my palms for the small round spots
I twisted 2 colors together for a different look
I wanted to layer my circles and one area I wanted the color to be under an existing so I used a mason jar ring as a guide.
Step 6: Oops!
Pin felting is a lot of fun but those pins are sharp! Yes I pinned myself :)
Step 7: Just Not Quite Finished!https://www.instructables.com/id/edit/?instructableId=EO29FS9H9G16IUU#preview-tab
This did not look quite finished enough...... I think it needs beads!
Step 8: Beading
Using a beading needle and thread i started the process of adding beads.I was careful to tie off the first and last bead in each circle. when going through my beads i found some strung (part of an abounded beading project) that i choose to sew on to one of my circles.
Step 9: Adding Straps
I choose to cut strips out of an old t-shirt. I braided the strips together to form the cord, sewed the ends together and ran it through the channels. The I pinned the ends together and tried it on for size. The last step was to sew the two ends together in arrange it so the sewed ends were hidden in a channel.