Embellish Knit Month: Day 29

December 20, 2010

OMGoodness! One more day to go! I have a little announcement about Embellish Knit Month (which kinda has turned into Month's' plural) tomorrow. So please come back for the end!

Speaking of end of Embellish Month. Stay tuned this week for all the last minute Homemade Christmas Gifts I will be working on thru Saturday. Family members and friends: Do not look at this blog from tomorrow until after the weekend!
I came up with this idea when I was scribbling nonsense on a piece of scrap paper. I don't know. I thought it was kind of clever. See the before. 

The tree has wood buttons on it and in the middle there's a button with a little painted owl (like he's in the tree....get it;) You could also try putting the leaves on the tree around the neckline. I think that would look cute too. Maybe just on one side?
This idea might also make a cute child's sweater!

The sweater originally had a turtleneck. I got rid of that and made it a crew neck. Then I cut it up the middle and added the tree to make it into a cardigan. Gotta love those cardigans! See the tutorial below!
1. Cut off the turtleneck.

2. Cut up the front.
3. Take the extra fabric from the turtleneck and cut so it is one long 2" strip.
4. Sew to neckline.
5. Sew felt to one side, right sides together.
6. Fold over and under.
7. Sew down the front to secure the felt on the top and catch the folded over felt underneath.
8. Cut off the excess felt underneath.
9. Cut out branches and sew them to the sweater by stitching around the edges of the felt.
10. Make the leaves. Cut them out of felt. I folded mine accordian style and cut many at once.
11. To give the leaves texture I pinched them at the end and sewed (or hot glue) in place.
12. Attach leaves by either sewing or hotglueing to sweater.
13. I added one falling leaf and made veins with the stitches I used to attach it to the sweater.

I then added the buttons and painted the little owl in the center one.


36 {comments}:

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Very cute and creative!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Adorable, as always! I for one will be sad to see this series end.

ÖZLEMCE said... Best Blogger Tips

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Suzanne said... Best Blogger Tips

I hope the announcement is that you got a book deal...because you deserve it. I love all of these.

Jessica at Me Sew Crazy said... Best Blogger Tips

I am seriously hoping that one of these last minute Christmas tutorials includes to make that gorgeous skirt you are wearing!!! Love it!!

Mahana said... Best Blogger Tips

My Favorite!!!! So cute.

Laura said... Best Blogger Tips

That's adorable, but that skirt is to die for. Any chance you'd be willing to do a tutorial?

Grosgrain said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks! I bought it at Forever 21!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

That's not clothing. That's a work of art!

Ana said... Best Blogger Tips

Super cute!! I have to say, I have really enjoyed "EKM"! Thanks for sharing how you made them all.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it! This is one of your best sa far, IMO.

Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

That is absolutely stunning!!!

nest full of eggs said... Best Blogger Tips

so clever !!!

Aubree said... Best Blogger Tips

I am so sad that it is almost the end! This is probably my favorite blog post series of all time. I hope the announcement is that you are giving me my choice of sweater, ha ha!

jennifer said... Best Blogger Tips

i can't really decide which is my favorite...i love love love this one!!! thanks for all of your wonderful ideas, i have made a ton of great swewaters that i adore...you are so smart!!
book...that is what i was thinking, for the thing tomorrow :)
the skirt...forever 21, recently or a while ago...may have to try to stalk that one too cute!!!
going to go get started on this sweater!!!!1

Beth said... Best Blogger Tips

Totally adorable!

Kristen Good said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my gosh. I was showing my friend this post and when it came up she gasped. This is the MOST adorable sweater yet. I love it. I'm not sure I'd be brave enough to wear it, but looks SO amazing on you. I have a few sweaters I am planning to embellish now because of this series!! Thank you!

Kristen Good said... Best Blogger Tips

OH! I just realized. A store that I love, Down East Basics, has almost the same skirt in a purple color right now!


Have fun!

baby cat said... Best Blogger Tips

I would love to see the skirt too!!! Thanks for all the embellishing tutorials- you inspired me to go out and look for some sweaters at my local goodwill. Lo and behold, I found a cashmere J Crew Sweater just waiting to be dolled up!!

freeda said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, I'm so going to copy this one. I love it!

just chic said... Best Blogger Tips

you have so many creative ideas!

april's craft nest said... Best Blogger Tips

clever clever clever! love the owl button like he's looking out of a hole in the tree. ;)

Tiffany said... Best Blogger Tips

holy cow, I am in love with this. I just added it to my diy pile. You should turn these tutorials into a book, I'd totally buy "31 days of diy sweaters"!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this beautiful tree, that so fantasy.
Your mind is a pandora's box with a lot of beautiful ideas

lunefantasy said... Best Blogger Tips

oh sorry, the anonymous it's me

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

You have giveaways open since july! When are you planning to close them???

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I love it! You're amazing!

christinegrah said... Best Blogger Tips

I want this one!

Design Lab 443 said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the sweater and have enjoyed the whole series!!!

One thing, I'm not sure about the falling leaf... it fell onto your boob in the nipple area.

Thank you for sharing your ideas with us all year and Happy Holidays!

Cheers, Tracy

SusieQ said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the embellish knit month. It has put you blog on my daily must read. Such creative ideas!

365 Dresses said... Best Blogger Tips

Instead of running out of ideas, I think your creations are better and better. This one is really cute. Don't be surprised in Anthropologie comes calling at your door!

Sandra Toro said... Best Blogger Tips

This is beautiful!!!!
I mentioned your embellish month here:
(is in spanish sorry..)
Thank you for the inspiration:-D

Le Mama! said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute. I wish to be as talented as you one day. My mom bought me the stitch by stitch book to get me going. I sew only to fix things that get holes in them or rip. I have no Idea what I'm getting my self into. Now to find the time to sew with my kids and also working full time....guess I'll be up late nights. Oh and I have the same ironing board! Thanks for such a great series. I'm going to miss the embelish knits month!

Sherry said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so cute! Gives me some inspiration for my grandchildren and for me to have something that matches... I miss the matchy/matchy momm/daughter days of 20+ years ago! :)


Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the adorable sweater! And leave your dining table with the scribbles. One day, when the girls are older, stick a glass top on it and slide pictures of them underneath. Great talking piece, and you'll be glad you saved the memories.

Margo said... Best Blogger Tips

how sweet! The pinched-bottom of the leaves is so cool.

And I have a green wool crewneck that I'm nervously getting ready to cut into a cardi. Can I just sew it like it's fabric? I thought I would put wide bias tape on each raw edge after I cut it down the middle and then add the buttons and buttonholes on from there. I would appreciate any tips you have about this!

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