Welcome to week #9 of Girls Want Pearls!
You know those sweaters of yours or your man’s hanging in the closet that need to go away? Hang on, here’s a way you can turn them into a fun new piece in your fall and winter wardrobe. Yep, you can turn your ratty old sweaters into gorgeously stylish boot cuffs!
This project is seriously easy! I promise you can do it in a short amount of time and for under $5. It cost me about $2.50 for each pair I made. There are so many different looks you could create with different sweater colors and textures and different pearl patterns. I think a creamy off-white or oatmeal sweater would be pretty or maybe you prefer bright colors. I picked up these sweaters from a local thrift shop for $1.98 each.
The pairs in the two pics above took me all of 5 minutes per cuff to complete. It would also be fun to sprinkle in some smaller size pearls in the above design. The pair in the top pic took a little longer, about 10 minutes per cuff.
The how-to is pretty self-explanatory but here are a few hints:
1) Wait till your husband isn’t looking, then pull out that sweater of his you hate and cut off the sleeves.
2) Plan out your design and mark it off with straight pins or pencil marks, or just wing it if it’s simple.
3) With each pearl, I sewed in an extra stitch on the inside of the cuff before moving on to the next pearl. I just kept the thread going rather than cutting it off after each pearl in the interest of time. It makes for some longish lines of thread but I think they’ll stay just fine once the boot cuff is in place.
4) You can tuck under the cut edge if you want for a more finished look.
Now strut your stuff and delight in the fact that you reclaimed, transformed and redeemed a piece that was destined for the fashion graveyard!
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