{Tutorial} Sweater Flowers

This is a sneak peak into our guest post for Jen at Tatertots & Jell-o Friday, but I just couldn’t wait to share!

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Not too long ago, I discovered some fabulous sweater flowers made by Linda over at Craftaholics Anonymous, and thought I would give them a go.

First, you will need some old sweaters.  I found mine at a thrift store for a few dollars, I just couldn’t stomach cutting up my sweaters knowing how much I paid for them.

Take the sleeve of the sweater and cut roughly a 4 to 5 inch section off.

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I double thread a regular sewing needle and tie a knot at the end. Fold the sweater round in half, right sides out.

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Hand sew a basting stitch along the bottom 1/4 of the sweater round, making sure to catch both layers of sweater.

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I like to pull the thread while I continue the basting stich.  I find it’s much easier to gather, and it lessens the likelihood of the thread breaking.

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Once you have completed the basting stitch, tie a knot to secure.

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Flip the flower over.

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Now you can embellish the flower center however you like.

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With a button…

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…or another type of fabric flower.  This is a twisted muslin flower.  Aren’t they fun!!!

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The ideas are limitless!!  I have visions of a Sweater Flower Christmas Wreath in my future!!


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  1. Nicole Love says

    Those flowers are beautiful! Where do you find all of your cute buttons and pins for the center of your flowers?

  2. Heather {WhipperBerry} says

    Nicole-the button is from JoAnn's and the pearl thing is actually a hair clip that I bought that never worked in my hair so I re-purposed it.

  3. Tonia says

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting a project that seems so simple & easy enough for me to actually make a few. I'm seeing a visit to Goodwill & some homemade Christmas gifts in my future.


  4. zoo keeper says

    yes! exactly! i know what i'm going to do for some fun gifts! it's so handy when other people are so creative ;o) keep up the good work!

  5. the 30 girl says

    These are lovely! I'm pretty sure I have several old sweaters just waiting to be turned into flowers. Thanks for sharing this idea!

  6. Hope says

    i just made a lime green one and put a pink floral fabric rose in the center! I'm going to make it a pin for my black winter coat! SOOOO cute! But I think my sweater was kinda too thick. Going to the sal val tonight to find thinner sweaters. THANK YOU for the idea!

  7. melissa says

    ooooo….i love this tutorial! i can pictures these darlings on a headband…on my adorable three year olds head! oh the possibilities! thanks for sharing!

  8. Nicki says

    Sooooo cute! I love easy projects like this one, and I have 2 (going on 3) girls that could wear these in their hair!


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