I am always way behind the curve on most any trend, particularly when it comes to fashion and design. These knit-covered vases may have come and gone already in their popularity. I remember seeing them here and there but who knows how long ago that occurred. I did spot this craft as an idea in the magazine Country Living when I paged through the magazine at the library. Again, no recollection of how long ago that was either! I’ll include the link to their website below but didn’t see a specific date. Regardless of when this was “in” or “hot” or maybe it never was…I really like this idea. You take a sweater and transform it into something else, in this case, a covered vase.
My mother-in-law knits with such speed and skill that sweaters seem to fall off of her knitting needles. When she visits she can churn one of these beauties out in a day or so. She has knitted gorgeous sweaters, blankets, hats and christening gowns for our family. As the boys outgrow these treasured pieces, I find it quite a shame that the sweaters sit in the drawers. I have shared a few sweaters with others and set aside some to pass down to the next generation. Still there are more than a few that are not being used. I hesitated to take apart this adorable cardigan but got the go-ahead from my husband first. I probably should have asked my mother-in-law too, right? I think she’ll approve. I hope to transform the sweater into a pillow, and a few other projects so that I can see and appreciate her handiwork on a daily basis, not just when I clean and sort through outgrown clothes.
This vase was the first attempt at recycling the sweater; all it took was one sleeve. I found the end of the thread that had been used to sew the sleeve to the body of the sweater. I started to unravel it, pulling out each stitch one at a time but that was rather tedious. I gave up on that method and cut slowly through the stitches instead. The sleeve was just the right length for this glass vase. With a bit of hot glue on both the top and the bottom of the vase, I was able to affix the sleeve to the edges. That’s all it took and the vase was a new creation in no time at all. I like the texture and visual warmth this knit sleeve adds to a basic, glass vase. The sleeve somehow wraps the flowers, keeping the stems warm as if they were still snugly planted underground.
|Here is the "BEFORE"|
|Ouch- it almost hurt me to take off the sleeve but I know we'll enjoy this sweater for a long time to come as it takes its new shape(s).|
|Glue onto the top of the vase with a glue gun.|
|Same on the bottom-- glue wherever you need it.|
|Here is the finished vase. There is much more personality in this vase than just five minute earlier.|
|Still looking for just the right spot for it. I like how it turned out!|
Link to Country Living's ideas: http://www.countryliving.com/crafts/projects/6-recycled-sweater-crafts?click=main_sr#slide-1