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I love to felt, bead and make things my own! I have been thinking about doing is Upcycled sweater for a while.
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Step 1: Getting ready

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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  • 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!

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Pin felting is a lot of fun but those pins are sharp! Yes I pinned myself :)

Step 7: Just not quite finished!http://www.instructables.com/id/edit/?instructableId=EO29FS9H9G16IUU#preview-tab

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This did not look quite finished enough...... I think it needs beads!
flyingpuppy2 years ago
This is beautiful!
dtrobert (author)  flyingpuppy2 years ago
Thank You!