My mum had a favourite jumper that she used to wear and wear and wear. Don’t get me wrong, she did wear other items in-between wearings, but I will forever remember this jumper whenever I think of my mum. So imagine how she felt one day when the washing machine was set just a little too high and the jumper came out at least two sizes smaller – she thinks perhaps one of the grandchildren turned the dial when she wasn’t looking! She asked me if there was anything we could do but alas, despite ‘googling’ it, I found there was nothing to be done!
I told her I’d take the jumper as it was wool, and neither she nor I like waste. Well, that was someÂ years ago, butÂ whilst sorting through my fabrics the other day I happened to come across the said jumper and it made me feel sad that something that was once loved so much was now at the back of a cupboard. So I took it out and decided to wash it again, this time purposefully on a HOT wash, to felt it. It came out fairly well felted (matted), but you could still see the knit which was exactly what I wanted it to do.
I pondered, what should I do with it? A cushion? A bag?
Then, one day last week I wanted a brooch or corsageÂ to go on my lovely Boden velvet coat, but I couldn’t find the ‘right’ brooch.
*BING* an idea!
I got my sewing machine and buttons out, and a brooch pin. Just a little while later I had made this…
Well, actually I made two… one for my mum, to remind her of her jumper!
Â I think I’m going to make a few for a show I have coming up this weekend…
I’m so pleased neither of us wanted to throw that jumper away!
If you like these, and would like to make one yourself, I would be happy to post the instructions and a pattern on this blog, just let me know! If enough people want one I’ll produce a PDF pattern.
Have a great day!