1 $3.99 Goodwill sweater = 4 mason jar votive covers, 2 to-go coffee cozies, and 1 pillow.
Step 1: Gather your materials. I purchased a size small sweater at Goodwill and washed it but if you have an old sweater of your own, even better. I already had a small pillow form that was the perfect width but you could also use fiber fill. If you have an old pillow that’s stained, torn, or out of style use that. You’ll also need a sewing machine, straight edge, scissors, and a marker.
Step 2: With right sides together, sew the bottom edges of the sweater. I used the ribbing as my seam allowance.
Step 3: Determine the height of your pillow. If you are using fiber fill it can be anything your heart desires. If you’re using a pillow form as I did, insert it to get a measurement.
Step 4: Using a straight edge, draw a line where you need to make the top seam.
Step 5: Sew about half way across the marked line, then trim off excess.
Step 6: Turn the sweater right side out, insert fill or form, and hand sew the remaining opening.
I added some rusty bells that were in my crafting stash at the corners also make cute little yarn pom poms, add faux fur balls, or leave it as is.
The to-go cup coffee cozy is even simpler. This would be a fun project for middle school aged children. Size small sweater sleeves fit the to-go cup perfectly but if you have a bigger sweater, just take in the sides. You will be able to make two of these using the end of each sweater sleeve.
Step 1: Slip a cup inside the sleeve to measure the length. I cut mine to almost the same height as my cup.
Step 2: Fold it in half and sew the raw and finished sides together very close to the edge. I used the pressure foot as my guide.
Step 4: Embellish it if ya like. I used the same rusty bells but I think vintage buttons would be adorbs.
Finally, the mason jar covers. This is the fastest and easiest part yet, no sewing necessary! You will be able to make at least 4 of these from the remaining sweater sleeves. Simply cut them to the length of the jar, slip them on, and add some decorations. I used twine, spruce tree clippings from the yard, and the same old bells.
These projects will be chic as heck all winter because of the soft neutral tones but you could go festive and wild depending on your theme. Imagine how cute a chunky red sweater would be for classic Christmas decor or leopard/sparkly/bedazzled for a New Years party. Run with it, girls.