Spring punches the earth with color and rids us of our dreary brown stale winter.
Here in Texas the fields are alive with vibrant wildflowers, the butterflies are surfing the sweet jasmine breeze, and the song birds reign. Sitting quietly in the new grass, prowling, spying..... just waiting- are the new cats on the block!
The arrival of Spring also brings my tradition of purging the sweaters. I tend to buy lots of sweaters each year and then wear only one aside from my fave ratty old man cardigan. What better way to keep loving our wooly wonders than to upcycle them in to something sweet and sassy!
Old sweaters are so soft and wool sweaters can be easily felted by machine washing and drying. This makes for clean and easy to care for fabric that can be upcycled in to softie toys, coffee cup cozies, and handmade baby shower gifts. Possibilities are endless!
These cats are made from the sleeves of old striped sweaters.
Using my own template, I snip around the top to make ears
turn the cat right side out, stuff and hand stitch the bottom shut.
Embroider your fave expression and ta-daaaahhhh! A vibrant cat is born!
Don't have any sweaters you want to chop? Check out your local thrift store. Not only do you get a great project for pennies but you also help a charity in the process.
LOVE & OLD SWEATERS!