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Yarn Wrapped Jar

Last weekend I was just going to throw out my empty coffee jar, when I remembered I’d seen a tutorial somewhere whereby you wrapped wool around an empty bottle or jar – securing the wool to the jar with glue, to make a vase (pen or makeup brush holder).  A quick search on google brings up a plethora of blog and YouTube tutorials – if you want to have a go yourself.


I have quite a few balls of yarn amongst my crafty supplies and started off using the fancy green yarn shown above, but it didn’t look right so I used plain wool.   I added a little scrap of lace, 3 small vintage buttons and some pink fancy yarn as embellishments.  The ridged neck part of the jar was a little tricky to wrap and doesn’t look as neat as I would have liked – but hey ho……add a few flowers and I think it looks quite cute as a little vase with it’s rustic, shabby style!

yarn wrapped jar

Reclaim and Upcycle

Do you find that sometimes you have a piece of clothing or other fabric item that has served it’s purpose – but you are reluctant to get rid of it?  Why not ‘reclaim’ the fabric and create something new?

I did this with some  polyester satin pillowcases, a bedspread, lace curtain from my old four poster bed and the wool blend lining of a suit jacket my partner had hardly worn but was going to give away because it no longer fitted him.  I cut the items  up into various sized pieces and added them to my ever growing fabric stash.  I have subsequently made some fabric corsage brooches, chokers and wrist wraps like this one:

As well as some herb sachets such as these two  (the corsages sewn to the sachets are made from new fabric):

Claire of FeltLikeStitchin has just purchased a couple of gorgeous skirts from her local charity shop.  Both are  far too large for her but as she says “I love the fabric so I am going to have a go at a bit of recycling and repurposing”.  Visit her blog to find out more about the challenge she has set herself!