I’m Sarah.

After graduating college, I worked as a TV news reporter at an NBC affiliate outside of Chicago. I then retired from that life to be a stay at home mom to my three little ones. While at home I was able to rekindle my love for decorating and crafts. A blog seemed like the perfect place to share those ideas. There is inspiration everywhere, I hope you find some here.

up cycling a sweater part 2: a baby sweater

up cycling a sweater part 2: a baby sweater

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Remember when I talked about cleaning out my closet and getting rid of some sweaters... well, with the first up cycle I made some leg warmers from the old sweater's sleeves. This time I turned two of my old sweaters in to a baby sweater.
{I took one of my old scarves and made it smaller for Elly}
I really liked this sweater because I'm a sucker for toggles and a hood. But I have another sweater similar to this and this sweater was a little too short. And I have had it for probably 10 years and haven't really worn it the last 6 years so I figured it was time to go. Honestly, I kept it around because my husband liked it, so now he can see it on Elly.

I took one of the toggles off and sewed it on to another one of my sweaters that was in need of a little sprucing up.

I used basically the same method of deconstructing and then reconstructing a sweater for both.
1. Cut the sweater on all of the major seams. I also cut the bottom ribbing off which you'll see in step 3.

2. Flip your sweater inside out and use a current baby sweater to get the right size. I just traced it on.

3. I cut the bottom cuff of the sweater so that I could have that on the bottom of Elly's sweater, but I kept the neck of the sweater the same. Then pin the bottom edge to the sweater make sure to keep the right side of the fabric to the right side.

4. Once you have the front and back sides how you want, put them right side to right side and sew them together... but leave the arm holes open and of course the neck hole. Speaking of the neck hole... make sure that it is big enough to fit over your baby's head. It's tough because you want to make sure the neckline doesn't hang down to far, but it's a good thing Elly's head isn't any bigger or else this one wouldn't fit.
5. Cut the sleeves using the baby sweater sleeves as a guide. Of course don't sew the ends.

6. Then attach the sleeve making sure to sew the right side of the fabric to the right side, and also making sure not to sew the sleeve shut.

I also made a little rossette out of the sweater material and sewed it on. I mean she doesn't have any hair and this sweater is blue, I don't want anyone thinking my baby girl is a baby boy!

The sweater is for more of a 9-12 month size, so it's a little big right now. One of my friends saw Elly's sweater and said it was cute and I said it used to be mine. They said, "Oh, like when you were a baby?" I said, "No, like on Friday it was mine, and today it's Elly's." I still have a few more old sweaters... so we'll see what else I decide to make with them.

infinity scarf giveaway winner

infinity scarf giveaway winner

my 5 layer birthday cake

my 5 layer birthday cake

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