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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Recycled Sweater Mini Trees

By: Rebecca Parsons

Save those old wool sweaters and transform them into this free Christmas craft! Recycled Sweater Mini Trees from Rebecca Parsons look great and are perfect for the holidays.

Recycled Sweater Mini Trees

 

Materials:

  • Cone Pattern
  • Thread
  • Needles
  • Scissors
  • Previously felted wool sweater
  • Sewing Machine
  • Beads, Buttons, Ribbon, or other Tree Decorations (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Use pattern to cut felt shapes. You can adjust pattern proportionally if you like. I made some taller and skinnier.

    Recycled Sweater Mini Tree
     
  2. Add tree decorations like beads, buttons and ribbon before sewing tree (optional).

    Recycled Sweater MIni Trees
     
  3. On wrong side of fabric, match straight sides and pin.

    Recycled Sweater Mini Trees
     
  4. Use machine to sew straight sides together with about 1/4 inch seam. You can sew by hand also.

    Recycled Sweater Mini Trees
     
  5. I steamed the seam open with my iron. The turned the tree right side out.

    Recycled Sweater Mini Trees
     

 

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Cute! I love the flexibility in the design, in that it allows you to choose any kind of fabric you'd like. There is no wrong way to make this cone trees. I like using an old sweater that's worn out its welcome. Turn it into something pretty instead! Also, checking your craft/fabric store in the back remnants bin is a real good place to snag a good deal on material if you need to make several of the same type. Perhaps you are doing a buffet table display for the holidays or a wedding?!

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