Recycle a Sweater for Home Decor

Good morning! The days and nights are getting chillier! I do like fall, but I am not looking forward to winter. I don’t like the cold, dark and dreary days and the way it get dark so early. I am looking forward to the holidays though and being with my sweet family!

Have you ever recycled a piece of worn out clothing into something for your home? Sounds kind of crazy, but I have done this a few times. Mostly to make pillows out of, but this time I did something different. This sweater had a hole in the neckline, so it wasn’t wearable, but I liked the stripes and the colors of the fabric, so I chose to make a small stuffed pumpkin pillow with it.

I found a pumpkin pattern online and printed it out. Then I traced it onto the sweater with a piece of chalk.

I cut through both layers of the fabric so I would have two identical pieces. I sewed the pieces together, leaving an one inch opening at the bottom.

I stuffed the pumpkin and then hand stitched the opening closed. I cut out a stem from felt and found some embroidery thread in the same yellow color.

This part was a little difficult, but I stitched lines through all the layers using a long stitch. It was kind of hard keeping nice stitches, but with all the puffiness, you can’t really tell. Don’t be too hard on yourself!

Whew! Made it! Now just add the stem. I glued mine, but you could stitch it on too.

Once the pumpkin was finished, I placed it on my mantle with a few other fall items.

It gives a little spot of color in an otherwise neutral mantle.

I would love to know if you have recycled any clothing to create some home decor! Let me know! Have a wonderful day!

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What’s In Your Drawers?

Good morning! I hope you are all safe and healthy! Are you enjoying fall weather where you are? We have had lovely cool nights here and it has been wonderful! We don’t usually get this long of a fall. It’s usually hot one day and then cold. This is so much nicer!

It’s also been nicer to get outside and work on some projects. I picked up this drawer awhile ago and finally got to do some work on it. The first thing to do was to clean it up. All the screws were removed, the hardware was removed, the drawer sanded and cleaned up.

I patched up the holes with wood filler, let it dry and then sanded it down. Now it was time to paint.

Just my normal Benjamin Moore Simply White.

Oops! I filled in the holes on the outside, but forgot the inside of the drawer! Filled them in, sanded and painted.

My husband cut various pieces of scrap wood to fit inside the drawer. I picked out some different neutral colored paints from my collection of paints.

I fit the boards inside the drawer and moved them around until I had them in the way I wanted.

I took the boards out in the same order and then painted them in the colors I had picked. I tried to vary the colors and sizes of boards so the same ones were not together. I really like the blue/gray one in the middle.

Once all the paint was dry, it was time to put the boards into the drawer. I used Gorilla Glue to attach them to the inside of the drawer.

I pressed the drawers in tightly and let it dry overnight. My pieces fit in pretty tight, but you could also weigh the boards down overnight to be sure they are glued in well.

I found this Grateful sign at our 99 Cent Store. Of course, I liked the color! I knew it would be perfect inside the drawer.

I used tiny nails to hang the sign inside the drawer. I hope I can find other word signs to hang in the drawer for each season or holiday.

I know this has been a really tough year for everyone, but I believe we can still find so many things to be grateful for. I have my family, friends, home, food, and so much more!

I hope you enjoyed this little project today! What things do you have to be grateful for? I would love to know how you are all doing!

Here are some other posts you might enjoy!

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Day of the Dead Hoop Wall Hanging

Good morning! It’s October! Fall is coming quickly! I hope you have been safe and are enjoying some fall weather where you are. I think of all of you every day and pray for you and your families. I love having you come by and visit! Thank you!

I have another Day of the Dead, or Dio de la Muertos craft idea today, but this could be easily adopted to other holidays or colors. Think fall colors with pumpkins or even Christmas with ornaments. So many ideas!

I started with an embroidery hoop, chunky yarn, silk flowers and Day of the Dead sugar skulls.

I cut several pieces of each color of yarn and then started tying them on the bottom of the hoop. I folded the yarn in half and laid it over the hoop.

I took the two loose ends of the yarn, wrapped them around the back of the hoop and then thread it through the loop.

Pull the yarn tight to form the knot. Keep adding yarn for as far as you want it to go.

I added four strings of each color that I was using.

I trimmed the bottom of the yarn to make it a bit more even.

I hot glued three flowers on the hoop over the knots of yarn.

Then I took three skulls and glued them to the top of the hoop. I chose two white ones and one with color.

This is such a simple little craft! It’s perfect to add to my other Day of the Dead items- shadowbox, Ofrenda.

I have this in my entryway right now, but I will move most of it outside to my Ofrenda just before Halloween. Have you ever decorated with Day of the Dead items or put together an Ofrenda? I would love to hear about it!

Dio de la Muertos Shadowbox

Good morning! We finally had a cool off!! The smoke is disappearing, there is a small breeze and the weather is beautiful! I’m not sure how long it will last, but I will enjoy it while I can!

Have you started thinking about fall yet? I added some neutral decor, so not too fallish yet, but I couldn’t wait to make something to add to my CoCo and Dio de la Muertos Ofrenda table.

I found this small shadowbox at a local thrift store. I originally bought it for something else, but the pieces I was going to add to it were too big. So after wandering through the 99 Cent Store, I was inspired by all the Day of the Dead decor. The first step was to paint the shadowbox black. Of course, I used spray paint. 🙂

It was difficult to find items small enough to fit into the spaces, but I was able to find a couple of skeletons, cat salt and pepper shakers, and brightly colored flowers. Then I went through my scrapbooking paper to find paper for the backgrounds.

I cut out a piece of heavy weight paper to cover the heart at the top of the house. Then I covered that paper with floral and polka-dot paper.

The skeletons were actually the little solar things you put in your window and they dance, but I cut off the bottom part and then hot glued the skeletons into the top section of the house. I also added some turquoise rhinestones.

I cut the flowers off the stems and then glued them around the top edge of the house. You can see the rest of the paper that I chose for each square too. The black and white toile paper reminds me of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland.

I had to add a dog to the box and because he was a little bit bigger he got the middle spot. I also gave him a black velvet bow.

One of the black cats was added to a spot with a pretty pink flower on its collar.

I had this paper stamped with the lock already in my stash and then added the key and the rhinestones.

I couldn’t find another small item, so I made this little sombrero out of felt, ribbon and trim.

I found the little dollhouse chair at the Dollar Store, spray-painted it black and glued the skeleton onto the seat.

I added it to the other items I already had on my entryway table. I will be sharing the the Dio de la Muertos hanging next week.

I hope I can find more shadowboxes and create different ones for holidays and seasons. I think one with pumpkins and little trucks would be so cute!

Thank you for stopping by today! Hope you have a great week!

Happy Labor Day plus a Fall Roundup

Happy Labor Day to all those in the U.S.! I hope you aren’t having to labor too hard! This is the unofficial start to fall for most of us, so I thought I would share some of my past posts with you. Hopefully you will find some inspiration! Just click on the picture to be taken to the original post.

Pumpkins and Peacock Feathers Tablescape

I loved this one! The colors are so pretty for fall!

Dollar Tree Fall Rake Makeover

This is a great way to recycle an old garden tool and make it something pretty for you porch or patio.

Living Room Fall Tour

This was my very first fall tour! It’s funny how many of these decor items I still use! You don’t have to buy all new items for the season. You can re-use what you have, just in different ways.

Welcome Fall!

I had forgotten about this tablescape! I love how this turned out! I have these same plates on my table today!

Bringing Fall to the Back Porch

I really enjoyed decorating the back porch. It was such a pleasure to look out the back door and seeing the pumpkins and flowers.

Thrift Store Pumpkin Makeover

I always find ‘treasures’ at the thrift store, but they don’t always look quite the way I would like. I gave this one a little makeover!

Neutral Decor Book Page Mobile

This is a cute and simple project and you could use so many different items to make the leaves. I used book pages, but you could use paper or silk leaves like I did below, or even magazine pages.

Falling Leaves Door Hanging

I had all the items I needed for this project, but you can find similar items in your yard and the Dollar Tree.

Decoupage Pumpkin with Maps

This is another quick and easy project to do this fall. Again, you can use any type of paper to cover you pumpkin and personalize it to what you like!

I hope you enjoyed this round up! Happy fall!