Art & crafts

August 1

Cheap & Crafty: Water Bottle Wind Spirals!

Posted by on August 1, 2015 at 9:00 PM

Cheap & Crafty: Water Bottle Wind Spirals!

Ahhh Pinterest. Oh how you raise up my hopes to aspire to be an amazing artist, chef and mother. Then, with no care for the consequence, you dash my hopes and dreams on the rocks when I fail at yet another DIY project! But I still love you, Pinterest. And I will keep browsing because I will occasionally find a project that’s cheap, crafty and really cannot be turned into a FAIL.

That’s my opinion of these water bottle wind spirals. It’s a frugal and fun craft to do with the kids, and it really cannot turn out wrong… can it? All you need are some empty plastic bottles, some scissors, some permanent markers, maybe some string. I don’t really need to write a whole tutorial in here for you Moosers, as I think that it’s pretty obvious how these wind spirals are made. Simply colour your empty bottles, cut them into your desired shapes, then hang outside in the wind.

If you give it a try, please share in the comments below! Perhaps you’ll attempt it while trying to keep the kids entertained this long weekend. Cheap & Crafty: Water Bottle Wind Spirals!

(Spotted here)

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July 25

How To Make Minion Jars On The Cheap

Posted by on July 25, 2015 at 11:00 AM

How To Make Minion Jars On The Cheap

The Minions from Despicable Me have taken over the world it seems – they are so popular! I do a lot of crafts and I was looking for a way to have cute, decorative jars to store buttons, sewing needles and more. I found just the thing and had to share it with you. You can make your very own Minion Jars of any shape and size, without spending a fortune. The list of items needed for this craft is short and simple, and you can use any old jars that you were going to recycle. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 21

Do It Yourself: How To Make Slime

Posted by on July 21, 2015 at 12:12 PM

Do It Yourself: How To Make Slime

If you are looking for something fun to do with the kiddos, then I definitely suggest checking out this Do It Yourself Tutorial on Slime! With a few simple ingredients, you and your kids can have lots of fun with this gooey substance.

You can make many colours of slime with the simple ingredients needed. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 3

Frugal & Fashionable: Comic Book Shoes!

Posted by on July 3, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Frugal & Fashionable: Comic Book Shoes!

I was just having a read on Instructables, the amazing site where people share their craft projects and the instructions thereon. I came across these comic book shoes which look absolutely fantastic, and they’re pretty easy to make too. As some of you might remember from this post, I recently made my daughter’s bedside table into a comic-book themed design, so these shoes also tickle my fancy. I am sure that most of us have a few old pairs of shoes lying round which could do with some love. Consider giving them a makeover with your favourite comic book characters!

You don’t just have to use high-heels as pictured above, you can try this style out on any shape of shoe. In fact, in the comments on the Instructables post, people have shared their own creations showing all sorts of shoes, from kitten heels to DMs.

I’ll not write out the full tutorial here, but basically you just need shoes, the comic book of your choice, scissors or a craft knife, and glue. Use your creative juices and your imagination and put the clippings from the comic book on to your shoes, and finish with lots of coats of glue.

What do you think of the style? Will you give it a try yourself? I am so tempted!

(Expires: never!)

Frugal & Fashionable: Comic Book Shoes!

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July 3

Minifigure Mold (LEGO Style) only $3.82 & Free Shipping @ Amazon.ca!

Posted by on July 3, 2015 at 1:00 PM

A couple of weeks ago, we shared the above video on our Facebook page. It’s a tutorial which shows you how to make your own stackable, snackable gummy candy in the shape of LEGO bricks and LEGO minifigures! We got a tremendous response to the video, with many people asking where they could buy the molds. Amazon is a great place to look for things like this, and I was searching for some this morning. I spotted a great price on a mold for the LEGO minifigures – it’s only $3.82 and that’s with free shipping to your home!

Please note that in my title I am stating “LEGO style” as these molds are probably not a genuine branded LEGO product. You’d probably pay three times this price in the LEGO store for a mold like this (example). The same one from Amazon themselves is $20 here! But the mold from the seller on Amazon looks pretty much identical to the one on the LEGO store, at a fraction of the price. I think that if you’re just going to give the gummies a try, you don’t want to spend a fortune and something like this is ideal to get you started.

The mold makes you eight minifigures, consisting of whatever material you decide to use. For example, as well as gummies, you could make chocolates, ice-cubes, anything!

When I put the above video on Facebook, many people were commenting that it was a BAD idea – getting your kids confused and possibly encouraging them to eat the real LEGOs. I don’t think this applies… my daughter is five years old and she absolutely loves her LEGO. She can easily see the difference between a piece of LEGO and a candy. Obviously, if you plan on doing this with younger children, there could be a question of confusion there… but LEGO does have certain age recommendations on it, and I’d make sure that you stick to those and always supervise the kids when playing too!

(Expires: Unknown)

Minifigure Mold (LEGO Style) only $3.82 & Free Shipping @ Amazon.ca!

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June 14

7 Free Geeky Knitting Patterns!

Posted by on June 14, 2015 at 6:00 PM

7 Free Geeky Knitting Patterns!

Do we have any Moosers who can knit? Are you handy with a pair of needles? Or do you know anyone who is? Check out these seven free downloads of some geeky and cute knitting patterns!

7 Free Geeky Knitting Patterns!

  1. R2D2 Beanie

I first stumbled on the hand-made R2D2 beanie hats on Pinterest, but then had a google for some of the designs. There’s a basic pattern here on Carissaknits, or a variation here on Craftser. I’d wear one of these!

7 Free Geeky Knitting Patterns!

  1. LEGO Brick Doorstop

Here on Instructables you can find the pattern for a cute LEGO brick doorstop! The pattern actually looks fairly simple, with the process just getting a little fiddly when you are attaching all the pieces together.

7 Free Geeky Knitting Patterns!

  1. Dr Who TARDIS Hat

Oh, I love this one! It’s a free knitting pattern of a Dr Who police box hat which you can download on Ravelry. I even love the spiralling colours in the woolly chin ties.

7 Free Geeky Knitting Patterns!

  1. Batman Doll

Here on Knitsbybritt, you can find a free knitting pattern for a cute little batman doll! It looks like one for an advanced knitter; the pattern doesn’t look easy to me.

7 Free Geeky Knitting Patterns!

  1. Spiderman Socks

Another one on Ravelry.com, this is a knitting pattern for Spideysocks! These look fantastic. And warm.

7 Free Geeky Knitting Patterns!

  1. Weasly Sweater

Here on Canadianliving, there’s a full and free knitting pattern of a “Weasley sweater,” just like Mrs Weasly knitted for everyone in the Harry Potter universe. It’s geek-chic, eh?

7 Free Geeky Knitting Patterns!

  1. Space Invaders Cushion

This is one piece of décor that I would be more than happy to have in my living room – a space invaders cushion! You can grab the free download here at Craftsy.

Conclusion

There is a ton of geeky knitting patterns out there on the interwebs; this is just a miniscule selection of a few items that I liked. I wish I could knit better! I’d be all over these free knitting patterns. Anyone going to give them a try?

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May 28

Knitters! Get Free Minion Hat & Toy Knitting Patterns Here

Posted by on May 28, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Knitters! Get Free Minion Hat & Toy Knitting Patterns Here

If you’re a dab hand with a ball of wool and a couple of needles, you might want to try your hand at this – it’s a free knitting pattern for making minion toys and hats!

As you can see from the image above, this is a knitting pattern which enables you to knit the following items:

  • 1 minion hat
  • 1 minion stuffed toy

They look very cool! My daughter would love these.

While Despicable Me was an excellent movie in and of itself, the Minions seemed to be a character set that was actually more popular than the actual movie! I’ve seen minion merchandise all over the place, and the memes and funny images all over Facebook too. They’ve even got their own movie! I’ll probably have to go to the cinema to see that one… I mean I’ll probably have to take my daughter to the cinema to see that one. Knitters! Get Free Minion Hat & Toy Knitting Patterns Here

I really wish I had the patience for knitting again. I was quite adept at it when I was a child, but it fell off the radar. I tried to rekindle my hobby a few years back, thinking that I could sit and watch TV while knitting. But I found that I had to concentrate immensely on what I was doing… so if I was trying to watch something on TV at the same time, it just wasn’t possible for my brain to follow the plot too. Never mind the fact that the knitted squares that I was making were lop-sided and wonky…!

How about you? Are you a knitter? Will you use this pattern?

(Expires: Unknown)

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April 25

Curiosity Box Coupon Code: Get $10 Off a 3 Month Sub!

Posted by on April 25, 2015 at 4:00 PM

Curiosity Box Coupon Code: Get $10 Off a 3 Month Sub!

The Curiosity Box is a subscription box service which sends you a monthly parcel of crafts and activities, with the aim of stimulating curious young minds of between the ages three and seven. We’ve mentioned them here on Bargainmoose before, but we’ve just spotted a new coupon code which can save you a few bucks on your order.

Click here to use the Curiosity Box coupon code online

  • Coupon Code: SUMMER
  • Discount: $10 off a 3 month subscription
  • Expires: 15th May 2015

As you can see, if you take out a three month subscription, you will save $10 when you apply this coupon code. A subscription will cost $77.85, so this means you are getting it at the reduced price of $67.85, as well as free shipping each month. If you have more than one child in your house, you can get a sibling add-on for an extra $11.95 per month.

Signing up now means you will get your first box through to your home in June 2015, at which point you can start crafting. Here’s a bit of a blurb about the service:

Each month, receive a fun filled box of crafts and activities delivered right to your door! The theme will change monthly depending on the current holidays or events…that’s the curious part of receiving a subscription!

Eva actually tried out the Curiosity box with her kids when she first wrote about this company, a few months ago here. If you have more than one kid in the house, Eva recommends that you get the sibling add-on… it will save fights and sibling rivalry!

Stocking Up Tip

Order the boxes now and save them up, don’t use them all right away. Put the Curiosity Boxes in a cupboard for a rainy day… when the kids are whining about their ongoing boredom and inability to self-entertain. You’ll get a couple hours of fun out of the Curiosity Boxes that you have stashed away. I did this when I took out a similar subscription box in the past, it was very useful indeed.

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February 17

Curiosity Box Canada Promo Code: 20% Off Your First Month of a Subscription

Posted by on February 17, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Curiosity Box Canada Promo Code: 20% Off Your First Month of a Subscription

Get themed craft boxes delivered right to your door and get 20% off the subscription. Curiosity Box has three coupon codes available, whether you want 20% off your first month on a 3-month, 6-month or 12-month subscription.

Click here to shop @ Curiositybox.ca now

  • Coupon Code: SAVE3
  • Discount: 20% off the 3 months subscription
  • Coupon Code: SAVE 6
  • Discount: 20% off the 6 months subscription
  • Coupon Code: SAVE12
  • Discount: 20% off the 12 months subscription
  • Expiry: Unknown

I thought that this was a neat concept, so I got myself a Curiosity Box for my kids. Each box has three themed crafts and one activity. If you are the mom who either can’t bother with Pinterest or really has no time or desire to set up Pinterest-worthy crafts, this box is for you. While I love Pinterest and have a huge board full of craft ideas for the kids, they rarely come to fruition. Being that I work a full-time job, I don’t have time to scout down the materials then sit and do the activity with them. Having something put together and ready to go is so much easier.

What I did realize with this box is that I should have got one for each of my kids! I decided to get one with my middle son’s name on it since he rarely gets anything for himself being a middle child. He was super excited that a box had come for him. But, when he opened it his brothers pounced and they wanted to do it too. I thought with three crafts, maybe they could have one each, but that didn’t work either. I think it would have been good for me to get a box for each.

I was very impressed with the quality of the materials inside and the kids did have fun once they stopped fighting, making the crafts.

This would make a fantastic birthday gift for a child as it keeps on giving. If you get the 12-month subscription, you can just renew on their next birthday.

Be sure to check the forum for more Curiosity Box coupons as I don’t know when these will expire.

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November 12

Christmas Button Mini Wreath!

Posted by on November 12, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Christmas Button Mini Wreath!

Here’s one I made earlier! I’ve been browsing Pinterest for some interesting, frugal and crafty designs which I can try out myself, for Christmas decorations. In the image above, you can see a decoration which I have crafted to hang on my Christmas tree. It’s simply made from some thread, some ribbon and some buttons! This pin was my inspiration for the above project.

I have a sewing box which is just filled to the brim with the perfect items for crafting, so I was able to make the above in 15 minutes, without spending a penny. However, if you don’t have all those craft materials at hand – keep an eye out in your local dollar store or craft store for bags of random buttons, which they might be selling at reduced prices. That’s exactly how I got my hands on the above buttons which I made into the mini-wreath for my tree.

How to make your Christmas button mini-wreath:

  • Put some thick thread on to a needle, and knot the first button on to the end of the string.
  • Thread on more buttons
  • When you think you have enough, sew it into a circle via the last button
  • Cut a slice of ribbon, tie it in a bow with a loop going upwards for hanging on the tree

Other ideas to expand on the above project:

  • Group the same colours of buttons together in one wreath to colour-coordinate, with matching ribbon.
  • Intersperse coloured beads through the buttons for some variation.
  • Give the kids the materials and get them to do it!

Have fun crafting!

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October 23

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

Posted by on October 23, 2014 at 8:00 PM

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

Halloween is one of my favourite holidays to celebrate, partly because it is a lot of fun to decorate my house inside and out.  I seem to buy new decorations every single year and my husband has finally put his foot down this year and gave me a budget.  Being the crafty, savings-type person I am, I decided instead of buying new things this year, I am going to make the decorations myself.  Not only will this save us money, but my kids can join in the fun and make some scary and spooky decorations as well.

I hit up some great websites to see if I could find some DIY decorations and was shocked at how many awesome ideas are out there.  Here are a few of the great inexpensive Halloween decoration I found online, that you can make yourself. Some of them are creepy, some of them are kid friendly but all of them are perfect for this holiday.

1. Mummy Doors

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

This idea from Keeping It Simple is such a fun idea for the whole family to do.  Instead of buying the supplies like they suggest, I suggest you use toilet paper and make your own mummy eyes out of cardboard.

2. Milk Jug Ghosts

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

I have a family of four so we go through a lot of milk jugs and usually just recycle them.  This is a great way to recycle them in a different way. The easy directions are on Eighteen25 so you can make your own.

3. Cardboard Cutouts

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

This is definitely a creepy decoration but I love it!  Just make some cardboard cutouts in the shape of people, paint them black and cut out the eyes. I found this at Brastwurst Tumblr and it would be perfect for a party.

4. Spider

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

With this DIY craft, you can use some items around the house to create a huge spider for the inside or the outside of your house. You can make it fun or scary.  All of the directions for this spider are posted on Listotic.

5. Glowing Eyes

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

This has to be the cheapest and easiest craft idea.  I can’t believe I have never thought of this before. Just take a toilet paper roll and cut out different eyes and stick a dollar store glow stick in it to hang outside. These perfect decorations are from Her Campus.

6. Frankenstein Cans

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

This is another fun craft to do with your recycling at home. Paint some cans green and black and add some wine corks and googly eyes and you will have your very own Frankensteins for Halloween. You can find this idea at Brew My Tea.

What homemade Halloween decorations have you made in the past Moosers?

Happy Halloween!

Photo credit: Liz West

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October 16

7 Unique Homemade Halloween Costumes

Posted by on October 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM

7 Unique Homemade Halloween Costumes

One of my favourite holidays is fast approaching and the one thing everyone will need is a costume.  With Halloween being on a Friday this year, there are likely to be parties for young and old.  Not only do I hate spending a fortune on a costume, I don’t like how the store bought costumes all look the same and everyone has them.  I prefer the good, old fashioned, homemade costume and I have rounded up some great ideas for young and old to make your own costume this year.  It will save you money and you will be the hit of the party!

1. Smurf

7 Unique Homemade Halloween Costumes

This is a costume that would look adorable on a baby but really any aged person could wear.  I found it over at Tip Junkie and it is very easy to make.  Just use some white tights, a blue shirt and make a white hat and ball tail.  If you want to be Smurfette, just add a yellow wig.

2. Octopus

7 Unique Homemade Halloween Costumes

This is such a fun costume for kids , but really can be for someone of any age.  At Giggles Galore, they give you step by step direction on how to make the legs and the hat.  You can choose any colour you want and just match it to a shirt you have in your closet.

3. Prego Pasta Sauce

7 Unique Homemade Halloween Costumes

I love this idea for a pregnant woman.  I was huge when I was pregnant and it is not easy to figure out a costume.  With this one from Cuffed for Life, you can wear your jeans and a red shirt and all you need to do is buy some felt for the details on the front.  You can add some plastic cutlery to your hair for a fun touch as well.

4. Cactus

7 Unique Homemade Halloween Costumes

I just love this costume and how easy it is to make!  All you need is green sweat pants and a green shirt to wear and a box of whites straws.  You pin the straws on all over for the prickles and you are an instant cactus. (Idea from Inventor Spot)

5. Beanie Babies

7 Unique Homemade Halloween Costumes

This adult costume is perfect for a party or the bar.  It is a more imaginative version of the same old skimpy cat, mouse, and other animal costumes.  You can still dress in your sexy Halloween animal costume but by adding the big heart tag in the front, (with some simple cardboard) you have a creative fun spin!  I found this costume idea over at Her Campus.

6. Smores Family

7 Unique Homemade Halloween Costumes

This is such an awesome idea for a family to do together. For the actual easy directions on how to make each piece, they are posted up on Cheerios & Lattes.

What are you dressing up as this year for Halloween Moosers?

Banner photo credit: thepeachmartini

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September 22

Mastermind Toys: Free Earphone Couture Kit with $20 Purchase ($15 Value)

Posted by on September 22, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Mastermind Toys: Free Earphone Couture Kit with $20 Purchase ($15 Value)

Mastermind Toys has an awesome deal happening right now that will get you a great freebie.  Get a free earphone couture kit when you spend just $20 or more on any of the Alex Toys brand.

There are almost 100 different items to choose from with the Alex Toys brand at Mastermind Toys, so spending just $20 to get your free gift will be pretty simple.  The earphone couture kit that you will get for free is valued at $15, which is pretty amazing since you only have to spend $20 to get it.

If you are unfamiliar with the Alex Toys line, they have a huge variety of arts and crafts type items for kids and teens. You will find items like full craft kits, easy yarn designs kits, colouring sets, DIY back packs, fun nail designs and much more.

I know a few kids that would love this My ABC Book kit that is priced at $21.99.  This purchase alone would get you the free earphones kit.

This Pound N Play Porcupine set would make a great kids or baby gift and it is priced at just $23.99. If you need to buy a birthday gift for an older girl, this My First Sewing Kit that is $32.99 would be a great gift idea.

My niece is really into arts and crafts right now so I know she would love this Groovy Scrapbook set that is $24.99.  It would be perfect for her for a Christmas gift and then I could give her the awesome earphones as well that will be included for free!

To get your freebie, you will be prompted at the checkout to choose one of two free earphone couture kits.  The Fluffy earphone set includes 20 yards of fluffy yarn, guitar and peace sign charms, jump rings and pink ear buds.  The Wrap It set includes, six skeins of floss, beads, beading needle and pink ear buds.  Both of these sets you will be able to personalize.

You will be able to get free shipping when you spend $60 or more on your purchases. If you are purchasing anything for gifts, Mastermind Toys offers free gift wrapping, which is a nice little bonus.

(Expiry: 28th September 2014)

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September 19

Free Arts & Crafts Experience @ Toys R Us Canada

Posted by on September 19, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Free Arts & Crafts Experience @ Toys R Us Canada

If you have a son or daughter that is into arts & crafts, you may want to check out this free event tomorrow.  Starting tomorrow September 20th, head into your local Toys R Us Canada location and you will be able to participate for free in their Arts and Crafts Experience.

This free event will be held at participating Toys R Us Canada locations from 10am until 4pm starting tomorrow September 20th and ending November 2nd.  The dates will vary with the individual stores from a Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday depending on the location. All of them will have the same supplies and the same time however, from 10am until 4pm on their scheduled day.

You will not have to purchase anything to attend this event and all of the craft items will be supplied to you. This is the perfect event to spend some quality time as a family and have a lot of fun doing it.  The best part, it’s free!

This free event will include three different activities:

  • Beados
  • Glitzi Globes
  • Bloom Pops

If you are unfamiliar with these craft products, you are not alone because I had no clue either what they were. I had a look at all of these arts and crafts products on the Toys R Us website and was pleasantly surprised at what I found.

The Glitzi Globes are fun globes that your child can create themselves with glitter and toys. The Beados are popular with boys and girls and are beads that stick together to create anything you would like really.  They tap into your child’s creativity. Lastly, we have the Bloom Pops.  These I would say are geared more towards girls but are still fun to explore and put together. Create jewellery, gardens and figures with the Bloom Pops.

Even though it is open to join until 4pm it is my experience that these free events do fill up fast. Even though they have not advertised it, they usually have a limited number of spots available during the day.  It is best to get there early just in case to ensure your spot for this free fun event.

(Expiry: 2nd November 2014 4pm)

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September 18

6 Ideas to Repurpose Sweaters

Posted by on September 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM

6 Ideas to Repurpose Sweaters

I have already started going through my fall and winter clothing with the cooler weather fast approaching and I have noticed something.  I have way too many sweaters that I never wear or are outdated or don’t fit anymore.  Sometimes I donate old clothing, sometimes I give it away to friends and family, but this time I wanted to see if I could tap into my creative side and do something with these sweaters.  I could not believe the fun ideas I came across for old sweaters.

I actually came across hundreds of ideas as to what to do with old sweaters so I picked out the top six that I found the most useful and the easiest to do.  Not everyone is the craftiest person and these six ideas are something anyone and everyone can do.

1. Make Mittens

6 Ideas to Repurpose Sweaters

This idea is most likely the easiest one I have found.  All you have to do is trace your hands onto your sweater and cut out the mitten shapes then sew it together. How simple is that!  This idea can be found at PinLaVie.

2. Make Leg Warmers

6 Ideas to Repurpose Sweaters

This legwarmer (or faux leg warmer) can be found over at Listotic.  You can make either a full legwarmer or just a faux one to go under a cute pair of boots.  These leg warmers tend to cost a lot in stores so making one yourself is a great option.

3. Make Christmas Stockings

6 Ideas to Repurpose Sweaters

I am a huge Christmas nut so this crafty idea is right up my alley.  You can take any old sweater and make it into a beautiful stocking to hang on the chimney. This idea can be found on Extraordinary Day.

4. Make a Quilt

6 Ideas to Repurpose Sweaters

This is one of the harder re-purpose ideas to do but not impossible for the non crafty person.  With this idea, you can take a few different sweaters and make a giant quilt.  You can use your kids baby sweaters for a personal touch and more of a memory quilt which is a great idea as well. Check out Newly Mynted for the design.

5. Make a Pillow

6 Ideas to Repurpose Sweaters

Making a pillow is much the same idea as the quilt but a lot easier and less sweaters.  This particular style of pillow can be found displayed on Infarrantly Creative but there are a ton of different designs if you want to check out Pinterest.

6. Make a Purse or a Bag

6 Ideas to Repurpose Sweaters

What woman doesn’t love purses and bags, especially when they are free!  This is such a great idea to take an old sweater and fashion it into a great bag.  One design you can use can be found on the blog Duwop Designs.

What do you do with your old sweaters Moosers?

(Main image credit to TheUglySweaterShop)

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