Crafty Updates

I bought this oversized sweater vest thing at the thrift store because there was just so much knit fabric to work with…not that I had a plan for it of course, but I knew I would find one. I have been working on updating Levi’s bedroom and want to create a little reading/quiet time knook in his closet, which is empty and has no doors on it…a perfect spot for his “special” place.  I thought he could use some throw pillows, so that’s where I began.

These used to be his pants when he was a baby.  I loved them so much for their fun, colorful stripes and he wore them quite a lot. I saved them in his baby box and decided to re-use them to decorate one of the pillows.

They looked great on that green knit fabric, so they both ended up finding a purpose! I have several different sized pillow forms to use and one of the smaller ones worked perfectly.

I have been craving to work on a granny square project for quite some time now.  Two round pillow forms followed me home from the thrift store that day, along with the green vest.  Perfect for a quick granny circle in the round with colors to match Levi’s baby pants hearts.  I am going to line the pillow with one of Michael’s old cotton shirts. It’s just the right shade of mustard yellow to lay behind all of those colorful circles.  For the second one, I am going to find a different pattern to crochet, but most likely will use up the same yarn, since I so love that particular palette.

The third pillow currently in the works, is in the shape of a rectangle (11-x17).  Again, I went to Levi’s baby box to search for a meaningful article of clothing to repurpose for this pillow form.  He wore this adorable little blue long-sleeved shirt with a big “L” on it for many months while I was pregnant with Calvin. The other blue fabric is from a reversible blue jean dress that a friend passed on to me because it no longer fit her. Well, it didn’t fit me either, but it was just the right material to pair with his shirt. I plan on putting the L on the plain sided fabric and trim it in red bias tape.

A few more coffee cuffs were made recently too, although I have to admit I am slowing down on them quite a bit since I have so many other projects cooking at the same time.  Since I only use the cuff or forearm piece of the sweater, I decided to keep the remaining material and turn it into something more wearable.  Some of the sweaters I bought with the intention of cutting them up for this project, but when I got them home and tried them on, they actually looked pretty cute. By turning them from long-sleeved sweaters into short-sleeved, I got two projects for the price of one! All they need is a bit of pretty crochet trim around the armhole to bind off the raw material. Easy and adorable.

Haven’t figured out a trim color for this one yet…hmm. White seems to classic, which isn’t me. Maybe hot pink? Or turquoise? What do you think?

Well, that’s all I’ve got up my sleeve. (Haha.) Many finished projects are hopefully in my near future and I will post about the progress on Levi’s room as it unfolds.

Happy crafting.

  One thought on “Crafty Updates

  1. August 9, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Cute! All of it. I was thinking white immediately when I saw the blue sweater, but maybe an off-white or cream or even a grey-blue.

    • daraweyna
      August 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      Thanks! I like the grey-blue idea. Hmmm….

  2. August 9, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    What about Lilac; your trademark. That would be very pretty. You are suchan artist at what you do , so creative!

    • daraweyna
      August 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      Oooh, I never thought of that! That would look pretty, you’re right. Thanks for the tip!

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