11 Oct 2011

Recycled Jumper Felted Dress

{loving autumn leaves}

We have been going to the park regularly to collect conkers and leaves– conkers are very important in the life of a three and a half year old, you know.  The more the better, they are used to cook with, as form of payment and even as treasures hidden in secret places, especially pockets. 

The leaves we collected were so lovely that I decided to make leaf appliqué. An old felted jumper from my husband provided the fabric, so I decide to make a felted dress. This is the second piece of clothing that I have made from an old jumper. I love the fact that something which initially was heading for the bin can be reused; and also all those felted jumpers are made of 100% wool, so are sure to keep my girl nice and warm on cold days.
The dress was really fun to make and I can’t believe how easy it is to sew with felt. I am yet to clean my sewing machine – apparently felt fluffs a lot, so a regular clean is a must.

1-3 You’ll need – an old jumper, or other wool felt fabric, pattern, and scraps of autumn coloured fabric (I chose browns) and a nice selection of leaves to use for your appliqué.
4. Make your pattern – fold and existing dress that fits in half and trace around it (adding seam allowance) to create a simple A line dress pattern.

5.  Place the pattern on your jumper / fabric and trace with magic marker or water soluble pen. Cut the dress shape.
6. Pin and machine stitch the dress on the sides (I later wondered if it was better to stitch the shoulder bit – like in photo 9 and add the bias tape around the arm hole first and than sew the sides together – YES it is better)
7 - 8 Trace a selection of leaves onto paper and cut. Use Vlisofix or freezer paper to trace and iron the leaves onto your chosen fabric (photos 18 -19)

10-12 Add he bias tape – I first stitched one side of the bias tape to the back on the garment, and than fold it and stitched on the front – photo 11 – it gives it a very nice neat finish
The button closure at the back was absolutely easy to make. I followed this tutorial – its fool proof.

Here it is - a very easy, recycled jumper dress!

Happy sewing!
Irina xx


  1. Love, love, love!!! It is simple, but, oh so effective. To top it off, it effectively cost you nothing.

  2. Great idea - I'm sure she'll love wearing it!

  3. Oh my goodness, that is ADORABLE!
    Clever idea to use real leaves as templates :)

  4. Really cute idea! It looks so warm and cozy!

  5. This is so sweet!!! I love the leaves... wow!

  6. This is very, very good idea! Leaves looks great!
    It looks really very simple to do, but very cool result!

  7. such a beautiful dress and eco too!

  8. Oh my! This is DARLING!!!

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  9. This is just super! Love it. Lucky little girl.

  10. wow, this is adorable! I really love the style and the color. SO FALL. I wish I had a little girl to sew one for :o)

  11. You are so talented! That dress is so cute and beautiful!

  12. What a nice dress! I love to reuse old things. The blogger get together sounds good. Count me in. I don’t now any other blogger personality but I will check my links.


  13. What a way to upcycle! This dress is just adorable. Great job!

  14. How beautiful! love the colors! and the name of your blog!:)


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