Turn an Old Sweater Into a Trendy Ornament

Turn an old sweater into a cozy holiday ornament with just a few materials.

Sweater Pinecone Ornament

Sweater Pinecone Ornament

Turn an outdated sweater into this cozy, trendy little holiday ornament with just a few simple materials.

Photo by: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photographer: Christina Wedge

Materials Needed

  • 1 small twig
  • 1 piece of felt (same color as sweater)
  • fiber fill
  • old sweater, in desired color
  • scissors
  • needle
  • thread (same color as sweater)
  • ribbon
  • twine

Cut Out Felt

Cut out a felt triangle with a rounded bottom.

Sweater Pinecone Ornament

Sweater Pinecone Ornament

Step 1- Cut Out Felt With scissors, cut out a triangle with a rounded bottom.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Create Cone

Using needle and thread, sew up the edges of felt to create a cone.

Sweater Pinecone Ornament

Sweater Pinecone Ornament

Step 2- Create Cone Using needle and thread, sew up the edges of felt to create a cone.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Add Twig + Fiber Fill

Place fiber fill into the cone, then place the twig in the center of the cone, nestled into the fiber fill.

Sweater Pinecone Ornament

Sweater Pinecone Ornament

Step 3- Add Twig & Fiber Fill Place fiber fill into the cone, them place the twig in the center of the cone, nestled into the fiber fill.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Stitch Cone Closed

Using needle and thread, stitch around the opening of the cone, then pull the thread tight. Knot it to close the felt around the twig.

Sweater Pinecone Ornament

Sweater Pinecone Ornament

Step 4- Stitch Cone Closed Using needle and thread, stitch around the opening of the cone and then pull thread tight and knot it to close the felt around the twig.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Cut Sweater

Using scissors, cut 1" off the sweater's bottom edge (Image 1). Cut 1/2" of "fringe" into the sweater material, using the knit pattern as your guide (Image 2). (Cut the waistband in half so you have one long piece of material to work with.)

Sew Fringe Onto Cone

Starting at the bottom of the cone, wrap the sweater fringe up towards the top of the cone (Image 1), adding a basting stitch every so often to keep it in place (Image 2). Make sure to overlap the sweater material so you can’t see the felt beneath. Secure with one last stitch, then knot and trim thread.

Add Ribbon Hanger

Cut a small section of ribbon to the desired size for hanging the ornament. Tuck the ends of the ribbon into the sweater fringe and sew in place. Tie off the base of the twig with a piece of twine for a more finished look.

Sweater Pinecone Ornament

Sweater Pinecone Ornament

Step 7- Add Ribbon Hanger Cut a small section of ribbon to the desired size for hanging the ornament. Tuck the ends of the ribbon into the sweater fringe and sew in place. Tie off the base of the twig with a piece of twine for a more finished look.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

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