Are you feeling the green comin' on? The St. Patrick's Day green is what I'm talkin' about. I am in full Irish-a-go-go-crafting. So are Jane and Roy Amineko - they just had to jump in the Pot o' gold, well no gold in there yet but my little Amineko buddies are "golden" in my book. Jane made a recycled wool felted Sweater shamrock for Roy to sport.
(By the way I am also recycling my Halloween decoration here. That witch's cauldron works great doubling as a Pot o' gold!)
Here's how to make a recycled wool felted sweater shamrock pin:
Cut 3 hearts out of your felted sweater. I used my Sizzix die cutter but you could free form it.
Then I cut a little scrap to make the stem.
Then all that was left to do was stitch them all together with the points of the heart together in the center and add a little button to the center front and a pin on the back.
If you are wondering how I made the big shamrock wall decorations, pop on over to recycled t-shirt shamrock tutorial featured on Sweater Surgery. And speaking of Sweater Surgery, need more recycled sweater projects? Then grab yourself a copy of:
Contemporary crafters are thriving on personalizing, modifying, and altering fashion, and as a way to take a greener approach to their creative lifestyle. This book shows you how to upcycle all your slightly worn, slightly damaged, or out-of-style sweaters into fabulous new items for your wardrobe and your home. Readers learn how to choose, cut, restitch, felt, and embellish old sweater fabric, transforming it into beautiful handbags, mittens, scarves, hats, hoodies, skirts, jewelry, soft toys, pillows, and more! You'll find complete instructions for 27 projects, plus a huge gallery of exciting ideas for further inspiration.
Stefanie Girard (Los Angeles, CA) has a degree in industrial design from Pratt Institute and worked as a set decorator and prop master for 10 years in the entertainment industry. She has produced, written scripts, and edited Web content for television shows and has been covering these creative topics for HGTV, DIY Network, and Lifetime TV. Check out more recycled sweater projects at www.sweatersurgery.blogspot.com.