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!
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.
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Have you heard of Sugru? Sugru mouldable glue is essentially a bit of self-curing silicone. You can use it to repair or bond almost anything made of wood, plastic, glass, metal, ceramic, or even fabric! It’s even removable too, in case you change your mind.
I first heard of Sugru a few months ago, and thought, right, it’s just a bit of silicone, how good can that be? But then I kept reading more and more about it. And then I got quite excited reading about all the different things people had used Sugru mouldable glue for on their website. We had a couple of things that needed repair. So we took the plunge and spent £6.99 on a three-pack of white Sugru. We then waited with bated breath for the postman to arrive.
Initial Thoughts On Sugru Mouldable Glue
When it arrived, we thought “oh, that’s not a lot of Sugru”. And to be honest, we felt a little disappointed. It didn’t look a lot of product and we didn’t think it would go particularly far. I thought this is going to be a rubbish Sugru mouldable glue review! But then we got busy with it and to put it very mildly we were very pleasantly surprised by the Sugru. If my family weren’t probably reading this – hi mum! – then there might be expletives to describe just how surprised/amazed we were!
What We Fixed with Sugru
With the Sugru we repaired my partner’s laptop power supply that was on its last legs. The wire had suffered wear from where it attached to the battery. It would have cost us £40 to buy a new power supply, so this was £40 saved straight away.
The mended laptop power supply!
Then there was enough Sugru left over to repair my partner’s drum stool. The stool folds up but lately had been folding up of its own accord, even when we didn’t want it to! Now, thanks to some Sugru action it can be sat on without fear! It would have been £140 to buy a new stool of similar quality. This meant we had saved £180 in just a few minutes of use.
And after all of that, there was still a tiny bit leftover, so I made two little hooks for the inside of our bathroom cabinet. Now I hang my nail scissors and a bag containing hair baubles. Just a little hack that makes life a bit easier
We Bought More!
We were so pleased with the results that we immediately spent a further £6.99 on another three-pack of silver Sugru mouldable glue.
That was used that to fix a problem with our shower that was causing it to drip all night long. This dripping causing outrage in our house! We had tried replacing the washer, but it seemed the problem was more intrinsic than that. It seemed that there was an issue with the actual screw fitting which would need replacing. We are not particularly technical when it comes to anything to do with plumbing so that job would have required a pro.
The silver Sugru did the job, and blended in with the metal work. We didn’t do the neatest job in the world with the Sugru – we figured it was better to be safe than sorry!
The repaired drum stool (which got a special Sugru sticker for being brave!) and shower.
As well as saving our sanity, it would have cost us £50 in plumber call-out fees. It would then have cost us probably at least another £15 in parts (maybe more) to repair the shower. That £6.99 seemed like an absolute bargain.
Savings to Be Made
I totted it all up and realised that just by spending £13.98 on what I originally dismissed as just a bit of silicon had actually saved us £240 in just one week. What’s more, the Sugru mouldable glue had diverted a few things from potentially going to landfill or needing to be recycled.
We still have a bit of silver Sugru left over. As such, I’m fervently eyeing everything up around the house to see what can be fixed. Next on my repair list is a broken pan lid, and then we’re saving the rest for future repairs or hacks.
But Is Sugru Eco-Friendly?
In case you’re wondering, Sugru in itself isn’t particularly eco-friendly as a standalone item. Sugru are upfront about this on their website and say “a small amount of sugru can help to prolong the life of complex and large items but in itself, as a material, it’s not particularly innovative from an environmental perspective”. They go on to explain that:
Sugru is a silicone. Therefore the same environmental guides that apply to general household silicones apply to Sugru.
It’s not petrochemical-based, but it’s not biodegradable.
Sugru is manufactured in a low energy, low heat mixing process. However this is not necessarily true of its raw ingredients.
We encourage using the minimum possible for the job, and using any left for other potential improvements even if you don’t have another broken thing.
The question of the environment relating to most manufactured items is very complex. As such, we try to do our best as a company to find the most sustainable ways of doing what we do as regards raw materials, waste, recycling, and energy.
We work hard to encourage a culture of repair and maintenance, and a pragmatic attitude to problem solving. We hope this will help in some way towards making our culture more sustainable.
My Final Thoughts on Sugru Mouldable Glue
So, Sugru Mouldable Glue is not the greenest product in the world. However, I personally feel from a making do and mend perspective it’s a really handy product to have to hand. I think that anything that makes it easy for us to repair complex items without having to buy new ones should always be encouraged. This is just as well because I’m going to make sure I always have some Sugru to hand!
Have you used Sugru? What did you think of it? And what have you fixed or made with it?
ps: this Sugru Mouldable Glue review isn’t sponsored in any way by Sugru. I would have told you at the top of the post if it was. I’m just sharing the love of a product I’ve really enjoyed using and found really really useful.
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