Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Upcycling Wool Sack

In my fascination with wool longies, I started hunting the local thrift store. I found two other sweaters that will be good for the longies, but I came across this sweater vest for 1/2 off that I couldn't pass up. It was $2.99 but all green marked tags were 1/2 off. Plus I had a discount card for another 10% off. So this bad boy cost me $1.35!

First I opened the shoulder seams.

Then I measured 5 inches down(to include an overlap on the shoulder)on the sleeves and sewed in towards the body. Then when I got far enough in (of course this is determined by more the size of the child. Once I got far enough in then I went straight down. After I sewed it, then I trimmed it. It was easier to sew it first and then trim it.

Then I sewed the bottom together.

Then I folded in the wrong sides of back shoulder seams 3/4 inches and sewed together. I then folded in the wrong sides together and pinned the front shoulder seams 3/4 inch and sewed.

Once all 4 shoulder seams were sewed down, I had to decide what snaps to use. I decided lavender was a nice complimentary color, since I didn't have charcoal colored snaps.

I spaced it out and 5 snaps across looked good to me.

Voila! Finished product on my cutie pie tester.

And this is only part one! Wait till you see what I do with the scraps!


Nifty Nappy Cloth Diapers said...

Awesome! gotta love wool! :)

Jennifer Lavender said...

That is so cool! I am saving this post. Not sure when I'll need some ideas for new babies.

Anonymous said...

That is so cute! My youngest just potty trained, I'm going to miss all his woolies.

Anonymous said...

Your baby is so cute !

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting the lovely wool sleep sack tutorial! We are working on this and are having tension problems sewing the thick sweater material! Do you have any tips, links, or resources?

Anonymous said...

To follow up on my previous post, loops of thread appear on the bottom of the fabric.