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Arts & Crafts, Life & Style

How to Make a Cushion from a Jumper

how to make a cushion from a jumper
how to make a cushion from a jumper
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I love a bit of upcycling.  Not being the craftiest person on the block, upcycling old clothes always stumps me a little bit, so thankfully today, the lovely Juliet Bawden from the blog Creative Colour is here to teach us how to make a cushion from a jumper. 

Thankfully, you don’t have to be too crafty to be able to turn your old jumper into a cosy cushion.  All you need is some very basic sewing skills – you don’t even need to have a sewing machine!  

You Will Need

1 Sweater
Sewing machine (optional)
Thread
Scissors
Seam ripper*
Tapestry needle* and wool
Clothes Shaver* (optional)

Instructions

1. Wash and dry your jumper, and if it’s particularly bobbly, use the clothes shaver on it to remove the bobbles.

2.  Using the seam un-picker, open up the side seams, as in the photo below.

3.  Cut two rectangles from the front and the back of the sweater, and with the two right sides facing, pin together so that when pinned together the sweater is now inside out.

4.  Using a 1 cm seam allowance, sew the rectangles together around 3 of the sides.  Leave what was the bottom of the sweater open, as the welt (the bottom of the sweater) will have a neat un-frayed edge.  For the sewing, if you are not using a sewing machine, then I would recommend using a back stitch to give more durability.

5.  Turn the cover inside out, so that it is now the right way up.  Insert the cushion pad, and close with an oversew stitch, and you’re done!

6.  Cosy up on the sofa with a cup of tea, and a good book.

I am going to be trying this for sure!  I have a lovely jumper that my youngest daughter has almost grown out of.  My eldest wore the same jumper too, and I’m really loathed to part with it, so I think would make a brilliant cushion when it no longer fits.

Any more upcycling tips?  Let me know!

ps: if you liked this post then you might like this post on no sew clothing DIYs, and this one!

Arts & Crafts, Life & Style, Natural Cleaning

Homemade Reed Diffuser DIY

make your own reed diffuser

reed diffuser DIY

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Now, I’m not really crafty, but I’ve got a great DIY for you today.  This homemade reed diffuser tutorial is so simple it’s basically foolproof!  If you can add some liquid to a bottle then this is the DIY for you!

I have a small old bottle collection, and I wanted to use some of them in a practical way, rather than just have them gathering dust on a shelf.  At the same time I was also looking for a way to freshen my bathroom without going down the chemical air freshener route because the smell of standard air fresheners and synthetic fragrances (especially the plug in ones) makes me feel sick, and I don’t like using essential oil burners because of having a small child in the house.

I came up with this idea for a homemade reed diffuser because it had the dual purpose of practically using my bottles, and it scents my bathroom in an environmentally friendly and natural way without the use of chemicals or synthetic fragrances.  Win!

It worked so well I thought I’d share my technique, because I’m good like that!  Here’s how you can make your own homemade reed diffuser for pennies, in minutes, and with only a few ingredients:

homemade reed diffuser

Homemade Reed Diffuser DIY

Homemade Reed Diffuser DIY

Make your own environmentally friendly and delicious smelling homemade reed diffuser using only a few simple ingredients in minutes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 Jar

Ingredients

  • Clean glass jar preferably with a narrow mouth
  • 60 ml of sweet almond oil
  • 30 drops of essential oil of your choice.
  • A handful of reed sticks

Instructions

  1. Pour 60ml of sweet almond oil into your glass jar
  2. Add your essential oil(s). I used 10 drops of rosemary oil and 20 drops of grapefruit oil as I wanted a clean citrus smell for my bathroom.
  3. Wipe down your jar with a cloth to remove any oils that might have dripped down the sides.
  4. Add your reed sticks.
  5. After a few hours remove your reed sticks and place in upside down to help the oils travel up the sticks.
  6. Place in a spot away from children and pets and enjoy the lovely aroma!

Homemade Reed Diffuser Notes

make your own reed diffuser

I bought my sweet almond oil, essential oils (rosemary and grapefruit) and reed sticks from eBay.  I’ve got plenty left of each to make heaps of reed diffusers!

Use a bottle or jar with a narrow opening as the oil will evaporate at a slower rate than a jar with a wide opening.

If the smell starts to go a bit flat try taking the reed sticks out and placing them back in the liquid upside down.

The scent in this homemade reed diffuser isn’t as strong as its shop bought counterparts, so don’t expect a really strong fragrance.  For that reason I find it best to place the diffuser in a small area, such as a bathroom, rather than trying to scent your living room.

Some people also swear by adding vodka to their diffuser as they say it helps the oils travel up the reeds.  I didn’t have any vodka in the house so wasn’t able to try this.  Let me know if you do!

I hope you enjoy making!  The diffuser would make such a lovely homemade gift, so definitely one to keep in mind if you’re ever in need of any eco friendly gift ideas!

ps: if you like this try my homemade beeswax candle DIY!