I found this beautiful (very large) cashmere sweater at a local thrift shop. It is a 2 ply cashmere from Sax Fifth Avenue so I knew it was quality goods. I bought it purely for the fabric & thought I may make something out of it someday. Earlier this week I took it out & decided that it just might be salvaged as a real sweater for myself. Out came the scissors & after a snip-snip here & another snip-snip there I turned it inside out, drew some chalk lines to reduce the size then sewed it along the lines. After cutting off the excess fabric & turning it right side out again I found myself with a more fitted & slightly slouchy (which I like) raw edge, cherry red, very wearable sweater. The whole thing took no more than 20 minutes. I thought this was an appropriate color for Valentines week. Are we tired of red yet? No way!
Tufted pillows are very simple to make, especially if you already know how to make a regular pillow. I like to cover the buttons in contrasting fabrics or colors to make them stand out. The 2 cashmere pillows were made from recycled sweaters & the button in the middle is orange linen. The gray linen pillows have such a great feeling. I especially like that all 4 buttons are different colored linen. I secure the back of the button stitching with pieces of thick leather that I cut into the shape of a button so the thread doesn’t pull through the back & make a hole.
I made this across the body tote out of a scrap of cashmere. I’ve been taking many walks with the dog & find that often I don’t have enough pockets for all the little necessities. I constructed this little bag for just those days. The body is a simple cashmere square & the straps were attached by small pieces of leather with a d-ring. I found some cream colored leather cord and added wooden beads for the strap.
Over the years I’ve collected many types of winter hats. The one’s above are my favorite. There are wool plaid bucket hats, cashmere caps & shearling with ear flaps. One of my favorite is the title green one that I got for my son when he was just 4 with the fantastic oversized pom pom ….. I make it fit…..
Last night as I was cleaning up my office I came across my bucket of sweater scraps. Impulsively I started cutting up strips of cashmere & next thing I knew I was hand stitching this bow to a pin. What a smart little accessory- It can dress up a sweater, hat or use as a scarf closure.