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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!  

How To Make A Cushion From A Jumper

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

Heart Shaped Sugar Cubes DIY

heart shaped sugar cubes diy

heart shaped sugar cubes diy

I’ve got a really sweet and easy DIY for you today – these heart-shaped sugar cubes.  

I was looking for an easy craft to do this week with my oldest daughter. As I was rummaging about in our kitchen drawers I stumbled upon my heart-shaped mould.  This immediately grabbed her attention.  She’s in a pink phase right now, and nothing else would do apart from this bright pink mould, so I had to come up with something.

The idea of making heart-shaped chocolates over a bain-marie with a four-year-old and a newborn seemed more than a little fraught with danger, shall we say.  So I managed to get her to settle on making these heart-shaped sugar cubes.  Much less danger, but still the same sweet delight!

I’m a little late for Valentine’s Day (life with a newborn means I never have an idea of what date it is!.  However, these heart-shaped sugar cubes would make for a sweet zero waste gift idea, a mother’s day gift idea, a homemade eco-friendly wedding favour, or a fun activity for kids.  Or even just a fun 2 minute way to brighten up your afternoon tea!

To call this a DIY is perhaps over-egging the pudding a little.  There’s nothing to it really.  It only needs a few minutes of your time and some sugar!  It also requires zero skill level – it’s almost foolproof (just don’t add too much water!).

heart shaped sugar cubes

Heart-Shaped Sugar Cubes DIY

Heart Shaped Sugar Cubes DIY

Make some sweet heart shaped sugar cubes with this easy 2 minute DIY!
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes

Ingredients

  • Heart shaped mould - mine is from eBay
  • Sugar of you choice I used a mix of white granulated and brown demerara sugar
  • Water
  • Clean dry air tight jar

Instructions

  1. To minimise waste, pour your sugar into your clean dry mould so you know exactly how much you need.
  2. Then decant the sugar in the mould into a bowl and add a small amount of water to the sugar. You only need a small amount of water - just enough to moisten the sugar, you don't want to dissolve it! Your best bet it to start with a teaspoon of water and mix it into the sugar so that it has a sandy feel to it. If you need to add more water do so in very small quantities.
  3. Put the moistened sugar into your mould - pressing down with your finger so that the sugar is tightly packed.
  4. Cover and leave to dry for 24 hours.
  5. Pop the sugar cubes out of your mould and keep in an air tight jar.
  6. Now decide if you want one lump or two!

zero waste gift idea

homemade wedding favour idea

I’m not the most crafty person in the world, but this was well within my comfort level.  What’s more, my daughter had fun, so my objective was met! And we were both were really pleased with how the sugar cubes came out – result!

Now to put the kettle on for a cup of tea!  Whilst we’re on the subject of tea, here’s my post on plastic-free teabags, that you might find useful next time you’re brewing a cuppa. 

ps: there are more crafty ideas over on my Pinterest boards.  Check out my Crafty Ideas and Crafty Ideas for Kids boards if this has wet your crafting whistle ;)