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Topic: What can I do with this Dissected Sweater?  (Read 1041 times)
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« on: March 09, 2006 03:23:44 PM »

I've been reading so many postings here on Craftster that I had to go and buy something at a thrift store to reconstruct!  I bought this sweater for a whooping 50 cents!

It has a 'Gap' label is is made of wool and a bit of angora.  It has a great feel to it, though it was a bit dingy looking. 

Anyway, I had intended to unravel it, kool-aid dye it, then reknit the yarn.  BUT I was overzealous with those dang scissors and I ended up cutting it apart wrong so when I unravel it I just get the short peices.  Roll Eyes (I studied up on the unravelling-a-sweater instructions afterward, so next time I think I'll have more luck).

So this is the part where I really need some suggestions.  I am too stubborn to toss the thing so I have got to figure out what to do with it.  If nothing else, I could felt it and have a butt load of coasters and cleaning rags, but I'd rather come up with something more fun!  I could probably, maybe, make a dog sweater or two out of it.

So, please give me some ideas!!!   Kiss

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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2006 03:25:25 PM »

hmm i see a future purse with the cabled side!!

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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2006 08:58:19 AM »

Ryoruki, I think I do like that idea for the cabled part!  Hmmmm, that could be cute, dyed and maybe embellished a little.  I think that is one thing I'll try doing with it!  Thanks!

Anyone have suggestions for what to make with the back and sleeves?
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2006 03:24:48 PM »

I would either cut it and sew it into a purse and felt it, or felt the pieces first and then make a purse out of it.  If it's dingy, I'd probably dye it before doing anything else.
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2006 07:13:18 PM »

Once I had made a purse with a giant sweather sleeve, unraveled the other sleeve to reknit a handle, and used the front body for another purse and unraveled the back for yarn. 

With the pieces you have, you could sew your 2 sleeves together for a trapezoid-shaped purse if your sleeve isn't large enough. Then dye it either with acid dyes, kool aid or food coloring. Finally, felt it in the washing machine!

You have many options with the back pieces, whether you can unravel it or not. You could make a decorative pillow/pillow cover. The cable detail would make a very nice pillow.  You could even sew and felt it to make slippers.  As suggested a purse would be nice. I would make a tote bag and use the bottom ribbing as the opening of the bag. That way you can cut and rework the odd and uneven shape areas created by the neck and armholes as a strap.  Have fun!!

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« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2006 11:23:02 AM »

you coudl make it into a boob tube? somehow or leg warmers or you coudl also use it to make a seat cover if you have one chair. hmm you could make a pillow too.

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