Old Sweater Project Series: Vase Cozies

Upcycle old sweaters
 Welcome to the new series!!! I figure since cold weather is just around the corner, why not find some new uses for all the old sweaters you will inevitably have lying around your house once you buy some new ones for this season? :) Right? If you don't have a shopping problem like me and don't think you'll have any, then just stop on by any thrift store and get yourself some. lol. They are the perfect way to bring warmth in your house! And just a tip, when you are looking for some at the store, you'll probably get more bang for your buck if you look at the men's sweaters. I found that you get a ton more material to work with and they are sometimes less expensive :) Just an FYI...plus it's kinda hard bringing yourself to cut up a cute girly sweater compared to a men's sweater which you will probably never want to wear ;)
Sweater Vase Cozy

 Each day this week, I'll be going through a different decorating "use" that you can do easily using old sweaters. Today? A vase cozy. Or sweater vase...or vase sleeve....whatever you want to call it.

To start off, take your old sweater. Slip the vase that you want to use through the sleeve, having the top part of the vase meet the top part of the sleeve and then mark where the vase ends on the sleeve. Take the vase out and the cut the sleeve at the mark. 

Now, most sweaters have a narrow sleeve so they will fit most vases, but this sweater had a crazy narrowing sleeve (big to small), that wouldn't work for any of my vases. So, I just sent it through my sewing machine to make it all one width, and then cut off the excess fabric.

 To secure the sweater to the vase, (if you need to. I found that I didn't need to do this on most of my vases), use some hot glue or double sided tape.

Place the double sided tape on the bottle and top edges of the vase and press the sweater on it.

 Super easy and simple! And it brings the perfect amount of warmth to a space even without using much color :) Or even more warmth and texture if you are not like me and are using color ;) lol
Sweater Vase

You can also add some buttons on the sweater for another look. Below I just used a plain ribbed sweater sleeve, scooted it around the vase to create a diagonal and then hot glued some wood buttons.
Upcycle Sweater
Stay tuned for tomorrow's fun project!

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  1. I love this idea! I did some cozies for some wine bottles at a winter wedding I styled and they were a hit!

  2. This is a great idea! Thanks for the idea, it really looks great, and is a good use of old sweaters!

    Melissa @ The Alchemist

  3. Great idea! I would like to feature this on my blog, "...and the livin' is easy" and simple, if you don't mind. I can be found at http://cjmai.blogspot.com I focus on ideas for living "cheap" and repurpsoing everything possible.

  4. These are so cute! What a fun way to reduse, reuse, and add texture all at the same time. Love it!

  5. These sweaters could be given to people that need them to stay warm. An idea truly from someone who has not had to struggle.In addition, not crazy about them.

  6. Love the idea's. So glad to find ways I can re-use my sweaters for myself since they are mine to do with as I want. From someone who has, and still struggles.

  7. I had a sweater project I wanted to do, but was afraid they would unravel upon cutting them. Do you find this a problem? If so, how do you fix it, just sew up on a machine? Thanks for your neat ideas and help!

  8. What a fun idea! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Holy cow, I love that! I would have never come up with that...so original! It totally brings a cozy feel to the room. :) I would love to have you stop by 'Or so she says...' and share some of your great ideas at the link party, going on right now (every Sat-Tues). Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

  10. Love it! I need to try this. It really makes your home look ready for fall/winter! :)

  11. What a great idea. I love the one with buttons. I have a vase that I was thinking of spray painting but i may do this instead...or maybe one then the other!
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  12. One to enjoy; however one chooses.

  13. I love the sweater idea and it got me to thinking....hmmmmm....I have found other shirts and even pants that you could do this treatment.

  14. Does anyone know if it would be safe to put candles in the sweater vase and light the candle?

  15. OH MY!! how beautiful, creative and naturally perfect! I loved it!


happy DIYing! Alicia