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Upcycled Bird Nests from Felted Sweater Cuffs

While I blinked, the month flew by faster than I can believe. wow!! It’s the last Tuesday of the month (which I failed to realize until the other day), and that means it’s Reduce, Reuse, REFASHION time. That just means I get to share with you my latest creation using cast-off clothing, accessories, shoes…you get the idea. For this month, I’m suffering from spring fever, so I’m treating my ailment with these upcycled bird nests made from felted sweater cuffs. Sound nuts? Of course, but that makes it all the more fun, right?

Reduce, Reuse, REFASHION series hosted by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | Come learn to create for you and your home | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Felted Wool Sweater Bin Scraps | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Let’s take a peek at my felted wool stash, shall we? I have made so many things in the past and “waste not, want not” is definitely a thought of mine. I keep all the remnants because all the pieces are quite useful for toys, decor, and more. Not only do I save every bit, but I even separate sleeve cuffs and waist ribbing into a bag so I can find what I need quickly. Does this cuff inspire you?

Felted Wool Sweater Cuff Before Refashion by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Maybe there is little left to the imagination in sweater cuff upcycling, but bear with me for a moment. While I’m staving off my cabin fever, I tend to get dig into my stashes. This time around, I have spring fever and I see nests.

DIY TIME

This project is so easy you’ll be stealing sweaters from your hubby’s closet before he even realizes it. tee hee! For this project, I’m using wool sweaters that are made of at least 70% wool. Also, I’ve felted them using my washer and dryer. See the demo in my video below.

DIY Felted Wool Footstools Video Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #furniture #homedecor

However, I’ve never tried it, but I’m sure a cotton or poly knit sweater cuff will work too, but fraying may be an issue. Give it a try and let’s get started. First, I turn the cuff inside out. Using a needle and coordinating thread, I use a running (gather) stitch along the cut end of the cuff. This stitch is basically just in and out working around the cuff.

Running Stitch for Gathering Upcycled Bird Nest | prodigalpieces.com

Then, pull the thread tight and stitch down to anchor. Now you have a bunched up bottom on your sweater cuff.

Cinched Sweater Cuff into Upcycled Nest | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Next, turn your little nest right side out and fill. So fun, right?

FInished Upcycled Bird Nest from Sweater by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I am using a bit of wool roving to fill my nest, but you can use paper fill, moss, grass or anything you want.

Wool Roving for Stuffing Upcycled Bird Nest | prodigalpieces.com

Also, to add a even more whimsy, I use my Sculpey clay to make and bake sweet eggs to fill our upcycled bird nests.

DIY Sculpey Clay Eggs by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

THE REVEAL

Finally, with a little more DIY fun, I have my upcycled bird nests ready for my spring decor. I’m so excited for these!

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DIY Bird Nest for Spring Decor from Upcycled Sweaters by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #spring #farmhouse #diy #nest

Aren’t they the sweetest? I can see them tucked in here and there around my home. Or, better yet, as place settings for a wedding, baby shower, Easter, or Mother’s Day with name cards in them. If you notice, I made some birds to tuck in along with my clutch. That is from another refashion making bowl filler from an old shirt seen HERE. You can make your own here using these free images.

Handmade Upcycled Bird Nest with Speckled Eggs by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #nest #spring #bird #farmhouse #upcycled

Upcycled Bird Nest in Brown with DIY Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #spring #diy #home

Also, I made 4 set of different style ones. Some with a folded cuff, and some like this brown one above with a straight edge. Actually, I even considered crocheting a small edge to it or a blanket stitch. Wouldn’t that be sweet?

Dark Gray Upcycled Bird Nest Made from Felted Wool Sweater Cuff by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #upcycled #spring #crafts

Soft Yellow Upcycled Bird Nest with Clay Eggs Made by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | proidgalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #spring #diy #crafts

Of course…I have to ask…which one is your favorite? The yellow, the brown, the light gray or the dark gray? I’m definitely smitten with how fun these are to make and how they make me smile.

Dark Gray Upcycled Bird Nest with Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #crafts #farmhouse #spring

Also, if you’d like to add one or two to your home or as a gift, you can find them available in limited quantities in my online shop.

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    Vintage Farmhouse Bench ~ $275

Light Gray Upcycled Bird Nest from Felted Wool Sweater Cuff by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #bird #nest #spring #diy

SHARE

Aside from leaving me a comment below, let’s inspire others to skip box store decor and make their own home story too. Pin and share the crafty love!

Grab those old sweaters and make an upcycled bird nest with this tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #spring #crafts #diy #upcycled #budgetdecor

Up next, my youngest son and I are whipping up some more Prodigal Pieces Kids CREATE fun to share with you using these bits of scrap wood from our current bedroom remodel. TAKE A PEEK HERE.

Prodigal Pieces Kids Create - where kids share their DIY to inspire YOU! Details at prodigalpieces.com

Scrap Wood Pieces Before | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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Also, more fun creations like my upcycled bird nests:

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Comments

  1. Rebecca - NC says

    So sweet!!!! I could see these turn up all over the house in all sorts of places! Wonder what my cats would think??? 🦜🙀😂💕

    • Larissa says

      Too funny! My cat is too much of a diva and prefers her live bird kills. sigh…hence the name Killy Lily.

  2. Marie B. says

    What a clever idea Larissa, they are just darling! Pinned to share 🙂

  3. Jill Smith says

    These are so cute and fun! I think I’m drawn to the dark grey and the light grey. It’s definitely inspiring me to get my spring decorations out! 🐣❤️

    • Larissa says

      That’s the spirit, Jill! I’m so excited that I just saw my other hyacinths peeking up too. Yay!!

  4. Mary says

    These are SO cute Larissa! Just in time for Easter and spring 😍 I’m partial to the brown and dark grey for some reason, but they are all darling! I have several “real” bird nests I’ve come across over the years, but tiny hands will play better with soft adorable nests you created❤️ p.s. I’m envious of your concert trip! They are one of my faves too!

    • Larissa says

      I can’t say enough how fun these nests were and what a blessing that concert was to me. I really needed to be there. Yes, I have a few nests that have fallen in our yard over the years that I put in antique tea cups. They’re a treasure.

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