However, I finally discovered the perfect excuse to let it go . . . or at least to re-purpose it into something new! As I was reading through that pile of magazines Robbie picked up for me, a fun idea for giving old sweaters a new life as a pretty wreath jumped out at me. I pulled out that yellow sweater, along with two other sweaters that no longer fit me very well. (My old favorite is the one with the white & blue stripes.)
I tore the directions out of the magazine and gathered the few tools and supplies necessary to complete this project - a pair of scissors, some beading wire, and wire cutters
Then I cut those sweaters into 4"x4" squares. The directions suggested using 6-8 old sweaters to cut about 130 squares. Since I only had three sweaters, I was careful to cut as many squares as possible from each one. I ended up with almost 200 squares!
I sorted them so the different colors and textures would be spread throughout the wreath.
Then I folded each piece in half & threaded it onto a piece of the wire until it was full. Robbie helped me form a loop in the wire and hook the two ends together to form the wreath. I'm so excited to have this new wreath and to know that I'll be able to continue to enjoy my favorite sweater!
As it turned out, I only needed about 100 squares since my favorite sweater was so thick. So I promptly set about using the remaining pieces to make a second wreath . . . which I'm offering as a giveaway today! Please leave a comment and let me know if you've ever re-purposed old clothes into home décor. (Leave a comment before Friday, January 3, to be in the draw for this giveaway!)