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Friday, 19 October 2018

I'm a SWEATER GIRL a cool little Tutorial


Here's a QUICK n' EASY TUTORIAL on how I made  
NO SEW 
FAUX KNIT SWEATERSCAPS and BLANKETS
and you can too!

The list of materials: 
1) Printed Christmas Ribbon which I recently purchased from Michaels Craft Store
2) Fabric HI-TAC glue from Walmart
3) one piece of thin paper covered florist wire 
and 
4) tiny pom poms (optional)
This is the glue I used 
It's clear and smells a bit like Model Airplane glue. 
It dries super fast and works great on Polyester fabrics 
because it GRABS & holds tight! 
The printed ribbon I'm working with
is 2.5 inches (6.3 cm) wide.
It's 50/50 polyester & cotton and is
wired on both sides.
 
I cut the pattern from the ribbon into
3 identical sections

I cut the wire off on both sides of the ribbon
on all 3 sections

SAVE THE SCRAP WIRE! 

Decide on the direction of your pattern, then
fold a tiny hem at the bottom of each sweater piece 


Glue the fold using the Hi-Tak glue
I used a metal needle tool to apply the glue because it's easy to rub off the metal when it dries
but you could also use a toothpick. 

Press the hems down
then put the 2 pieces together with printed sides
 facing in towards each other


 Fold the 2 pieces in half 





Trim off aprox. 3/8 inch ( 1cm)
and from the body cut out a shallow curve for the armhole. 


Your sweater should look like this
don't worry if the back piece slightly wider than the front.

take the front section
fold and cut out the neck line of the sweater
so it looks like the photo below.

Make the neckhole a little bigger than what I've shown because the hole will "shrink" once the front is glued to the back piece.


I also made a smaller, shallower cut for the neck on the
 back piece of the sweater section.

The next step is to add some glue to the top of the shoulder sections on the printed side of the front piece of the sweater,
then press it to the printed side of the back piece of the sweater

The photo aboveshows the edges of the 2 pieces of fabric
glued together at the shoulders.

I folded the shoulder tabs over like a hem then glued them down  so they would lie flat against the back section of the sweater

as shown below


This is what it should look like when you open the sweater up.
Finger press the shoulders sections again
to make certain they're secured.
The printed sides should now be facing outwards.


On the back piece 

fold a narrow side hem inwards 
as shown below.

Glue is applied TO THE TOP surface of the side fold. 


ALINE the patterns then
press the front of the sweater into the glue

of the side seam

Repeat on the opposite side of the sweater


To make the sleeves
take the 3rd cut section of ribbon and fold it in half lengthwise
and cut the piece in half on the fold line.






fold a hem for the cuff in the sleeves and glue down


Wrap the sleeve around a paint brush handle
and apply glue to the top of one edge and press the other side down onto it
then slide the arm off of the form.

Repeat the same process for the second sleeve.  



they should look like this
cut a shallow curve out at the top of the sleeve
then add glue Around the Top & Cut armhole EDGES
of the PRINTED SIDE



Slide the sleeve into the armhole of the body of the sweater and press it down, making sure that the body of the sweater contacts ALL the glue around the armhole of the sleeve.

Repeat for the second sleeve. 



Take a section of the scrap cloth covered wire and bend it to the same shape as your neckline.

Add a thin bead of glue to the sweater and
press the cloth covered wire into place


measure off 2 lengths of thin
PAPER COVERED florist wire
cut them a little shorter than the length of the sleeves


Apply glue to the wire and slide it inside the sleeve



Use the end of a paintbrush to press the wire down inside each sleeve.
When the glued wire has set,
you can easily bend and shape your sleeve 

AND
If you want the body of the sweater to drape more naturally you can insert 2 more cut sections of glued wire to each of the side seams inside the sweater.


the Sweater's DONE!

next up is the
NO SEW HAT


Cut a narrow section from the same Christmas ribbon

Trim off both ends of the wired sides 

GLUE a long length of the scrap cloth covered wire
to the printed side of the raw edge of the cap
Press it down 

wrap the fabric over your finger and add glue to the top edge
of one end, and press the other end into place to form a cylinder.

Add a line of glue
 INSIDE

the top of the cap

 gather it together with your fingers and press the fabric together until it sticks.

add more glue as nessessary 


as the glue begins to set, 
Pinch the top to shape it


It should look like this when done.

glue a pom pom to the centre of the cap 
 
AND YOU'RE DONE! 


The entire process takes about 30 mins. +/- 
AND  Using any of the leftover scrap ribbon with the wires still attached to the sides,
you can fold into mini blankets 


Hope you all enjoyed this faux sweater 
mini quickie
because
this winter

 it's cool to stay warm!👍🏾




elizabeth

95 comments:





  1. excellent, Elizabeth! A beautiful set and a ben illustrated tutorial. Thank you for thinking of those who do not know how to sew like me. Awesome!

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    1. Thanks Claude! I don't know how to sew very well either, and so glues are Definitely Most Welcomed Friends! ;D

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  2. Elizabeth,

    That is totally brilliant! It is just perfect for Christmas. :-) You AMAZE me with you fabulous creativity!!!

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    1. Hello Catherine! It is LOVELY to see you out and about again! :D
      These sweaters were so easy to do that after working out the first one, constructing the subsequent sweaters was like working on an assembly line- Super Fast! :D


      elizabeth

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  3. Very cute Elizabeth! Love the idea of the wire in the sleeves to shape them.

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    1. Thank you Shannon! These ARE cute sweaters, albeit a little on the stiff side which is why the wire in the sleeves works, and by using additional wire along the insides of the body, the sweaters will drape even better! :D

      elizabeth

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  4. Genial Elizabeth, el resultado es fantástico y el tutorial muy bien explicado; gracias por compartirlo.Buen fin de semana,besos:-)

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    1. This was a Fun little tutorial to do Rosa Maria and I am soooo Glad that you've enjoyed it- Thank You! :D

      elizabeth

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  5. Molto carino questo tutorial❤️Beautiful!!!

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    1. Thank You Very Much Blanche!
      Often it is the cute and easy Tutorials which prove to be the Most Fun and for me, this one Was! :D

      elizabeth

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  6. Un tutorial muy bueno!!! Me encanta el resultado.

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    1. Thanks Isabel! :D
      I was Very Pleased with the final results too! :D

      elizabeth

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  7. This is absolutely adorable!!!! I would never have guessed these started as ribbon! (Glue is great for minis; stitches often just don't look right, so I am totally on board with glue.)

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    1. Thank You Debroah!
      I have an ongoing love/hate relationship with certain glues because not all of them perform the way they should, but this glue works Beautifully with polyester blends because it doesn't bleed through fabrics, sets up quickly and holds fast.
      Because I tend to be rather liberal with glues, I always have a back-up bottle now just in case Wal-mart stops carrying it.

      elizabeth

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  8. Absolutely fabulous! And such a clear tutorial. Thank you!

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    1. Hello Linda! :D
      I'm glad that you've enjoyed my new mini sweater however it is NOT to be compared to your Newest Mini!
      So my Congratulations to you on newest Grand Baby Maeve!!! :D

      elizabeth

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  9. Whaaaaaattttt!!!!!
    You've been holding back....I didn't think you liked fiddling with fabric. And this is such a great way out of the typical cut and sew project. I love it! Only you would have the vision to see the ribbon become a winter sweater...will be looking for the ribbon...Vitoria needs some winter sweaters. The toque is also wonderful! Thank you for sharing. I agree with Linda wondereful tut and great clear instructions. Fabuloso!

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    1. Hi Fats!
      As soon as I saw the ribbon I was thinking sweaters albeit I didn't figure out the how's until a couple of days ago.
      Hope that you can find the ribbon, if not be prepared for a mini sweater making session at our next get-together! :D

      elizabeth

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  10. WOW ! c'est super, super mignon!
    Un joli ruban que tu as eu la sublime idée de transformer, c'est juste incroyable, quelle imagination !
    Merci Elizabeth, les explications sont très claires !
    Bon week-end. Bises.Joce

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    1. Thank You and I'm glad that you've enjoyed this sweater tutorial Joce!
      Finding the beautiful ribbon was an unexpected blessing and the idea of turning it into mini sweaters seemed to me like a perfectly logical thing to do ;D

      elizabeth

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    1. Thank You Pilar! I'm Glad you've enjoyed it! :D

      elizabeth

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  12. Brilliant idea! I know what I'm going to be playing with today. :)

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    1. Thanks Keli! This is a Whiz Bang project in that once you make one, you'll probably find yourself making Lots More! :D

      elizabeth

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  13. That is genius! It's going to display beautifully. Visiting my ribbon stash right now to see whether I have something suitable to play with.

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    1. Hi Megan! :D
      I think. that these would hang just as eaisly on a hanger or folded in a drawer or draped over a chair, depending on the amount of wire you insert inside the sweater so Have Fun! :D

      elizabeth

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  14. Wow fantastic idea thank you for the wonderful tutorial. Looking through my stash also lol.
    Hugs Maria

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    1. Thank You Maria!
      The real secret to sucess is this type of FABRIC GLUE, which works like a dream and bonds it all together Easy Peasy!

      elizabeth

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  15. Really super Elizabeth!!
    Incidently I've done much the same using little baby socks and it works too.

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    1. Thank You Robin! :D
      I've watched several Youtube tutorials re: making sweaters and other doll clothes from Kid's Socks, which would provide a lot more variety regarding patterns, and I hope to give them a try too!
      The advantage of this particular ribbon is that it doesn't fray to the same degree as a sock does. :)

      elizabeth

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  16. Hi, Elizabeth - These sweaters and hats are the neatest, sweetest things ever! Your tutorial is excellent - such thorough, detailed explanations. I like your use of the wired ribbon edge to trim the sweater and hat, and inserting the florist wire for flexibility is sheer genius. I really love this tutorial!
    Marjorie

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    1. Thank You Marjorie! :D
      Adding the scrap covered wire detail around the neck, satisfied the "Frugal" in me- ( waste not, want not), AND it gave more definition to the neckline and to the cap edge which for me, made them more believable.
      They were so quick and easy to do however the "down side" is that they have Immediately put me into A CHRISTMAS FRAME OF MIND and Autumn is just getting started- oh my!!

      elizabeth :D

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  17. Clever and original as usual. You are talented also in the fashion branch ;)

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    1. Hi Ersilia! :D
      Thank You for your compliment; and I do believe that perhaps my dolls do dress better than I do! ;D

      elizabeth

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  18. Cool! Thanks for this wonderful, well explained tutorial. The sweaters and caps are super cute. I would add a handbag to complete the sets.
    Hugs, Drora

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    1. Hi Drora and Thank You!!! I think that a handbag or even a tote is a GREAT Idea! :D

      elizabeth

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    1. Thanks Brae! Some projects like this one, fall easily into place without all the additional hair-pulling and angst! :D

      elizabeth

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  20. What a fun idea! You are so creative, thanks for the instructions :)

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    1. Thank You for the compliment Linda, although it's not often that certain ideas present themselves Ready-made in my head as this one did! :D

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  21. Dear Elizabeth, this is Sheer Brilliance! Clearly you know how to sew even if you aren't a knitter! The sweaters fooled me completely! :) I think it is another example of you amazing ability to transform materials into perfect miniatures! This would make a perfect "gift box" open under the X-mas Tree.... or draped on a chair or.... waiting on a hallway bench.... I can see I am going to have to find time to try this one out... my little people are forever short on winter apparel! :) Thank you for the detailed tutorial.... I don't have the glue.... I wonder if thread would suffice??? Ah well, I don't yet have the ribbons, so while I am at Michael's I might as well get the glue too! :):):)

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    1. Hello Betsy! Whenever I look at the finished sweaters, they continue to fool me too!!! :D
      I picked up the ribbon last weekend so it should Definitely be in stock at Michaels. The glue came from Wal-Mart where they are cheaper, but you might find it equivellent at Michaels or Joann's, or Hobby Lobby as each store has a wide selection of adhesives. Fabri-Tac and Fabric Hi-Tak are the same types of glue under different names. If you're unsure, then unscrew the cap and take a sniff, if it smells like Airplane Glue, it should do the trick! :D

      elizabeth
      p.s. With a single roll of ribbon, you should be able to gift a new sweater to ALL your dolls in your Lovely Old Dollhouse so Merry Christmas and
      HAPPY KNITTING! ;D

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  22. The result is really amazing.
    Geneviève

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    1. Thank You Genevieve and I agree! The pattern of the ribbon gives a Very Realistic look of knitwear without the involvement of either the yarn or the needles! :D

      elizabeth

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  23. Wow! That is amazing! I'm going to need to watch for that ribbon or something similar so I can try this out.

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    1. Hi Sheila I certainly encourage you to try this out! :D The Ribbon was in the Seasonal aisle at Michaels so GOOD LUCK and HAPPY CRAFTING! :D

      elizabeth

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  24. Awesome. Elizabeth!!! Thank you so much for this great and well explained tutorial. The sweaters and cap are super cute. Now I have to watch out for ribbons, like this one, here, in The Netherlands.....that won't be easy, but you never know ;)!
    Hugs, Ilona

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    1. Thank you and I'm Glad you've enjoyed this tutorial Ilona! Each item was very easy to construct because the weave of the ribbon has the right amount of body. I also hope that you're able to find similar ribbon in the Netherlands OR perhaps something EVEN BETTER! ;D

      elizabeth

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  25. Thank you so much for sharing this brilliant idea as well for this well explained tutorial. The result is awesome! And your ribbon was a perfect find, it looks as typical Scandinavian Knitware... just great. Nevertheless I'm wondering now about the model airplane glue smell reference… I have no idea how this kind of glue smells… oh, wait… of course… smells like fabric glue (and not like teen spirit… *grin*)!

    Hugs
    Birgit

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    1. Hello Birgit! :D
      This project went together without any "Hiccups" because of the quality of the ribbon and the patterns on it and was definitely a lucky find. But as to the smell of the glue; think Nail Polish remover and you'll hit a Nirvana ;D

      elizabeth

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  26. Muchas gracias Elizabeth, es un tutorial fantástico, me encanta el resultado !!!!!!

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    1. Thank You for your compliment Eloisa and I am Delighted that you've enjoyed this quick and EASY tutorial! :D

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  27. Ingenious!! The result is fantastic. Thanks for the tutorial.

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    1. Thank you Very Much Faby! :D
      Making these Nordic sweaters was one of the most enjoyable little projects I've done because they went together without ANY problems At ALL! :D

      elizabeth

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    1. Thank You Gonda! :D
      Finding the Right Ribbon and the Right GLUE made this project a Piece of Cake to do! :D

      elizabeth

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  29. This is so so cool! I never would have guess that was ribbon when I first look them. Makes sense because that would get you a smaller print also. Thanks for the tutorial!

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    1. Hi Grandmommy it's WONDERFUL to see you back in the land of BLOG again! :D
      This Specialty Ribbon from Michael's proved to be IDEAL in Scale, pattern, color, texture and width and if you use a store coupon you might get it at an ideal price too! ;D

      elizabeth

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  30. What a great tutorial and with awesome photos! Great project - you are so talented. I am going to have to try this one out- it looks fun. Thanks Elizabeth.

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    1. Thanks Troy and this Tutorial IS FUN! It was also kinda "off the cuff" as I was getting ready to make my second one and suddenly decided that I should take some photos of the process; and the rest as they say- is history! ;D

      elizabeth

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  31. What a brilliant idea and tutorial! I like to knit, but this tutorial is very tempting, I´ll have to try it.

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    1. Hello Sirkka!
      I'm sure that your mini knitwear is Far Superior to this Faux one however if you're ever pressed for time, this tutorial may do the trick! :D

      elizabeth

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  32. How on Earth did I miss your post?!? My brains have turned to mush and my eyes have most certainly failed me!!! 144 Camellias may just ruin me for good!
    What a fantastic and ingenious idea! The sweater looks like a fun project to try, and one that is sure to be successful with your brilliant tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing, I can't wait to try it, and I'd love to know what it is that you are working on!

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    1. Hi Jodi!!! :D
      it Absolutely WAS your 144 Camellias, but I AM glad that you're here AND that you've enjoyed this tutorial. :D
      Yesterday, Fatima, Janine and I got together to make these sweaters and had a LOT of Fun in the process, so I encourage you to give it a try because there still may be some room inside your Sweet Christmas Cottage for one or two! ;D

      elizabeth

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  33. Ooh thank you for this tut. I was most fortunate to get the ribbon (last roll) on a buy one get one. So I got the 1 1/2 size for free. Then the glue on a 50% off coupon! I've just finished making the set and it was fun and really cool. Going to make another for my daughter. I really enjoy making up your projects. Thank you for sharing

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    1. You're MOST Welcome Judy! :D
      There must be A RUN on this ribbon at Michael's and Congratulations for getting in on THE DEALS at Michaels- Well Done!!
      AND
      Thank You for letting me know that you've Had Fun making this Tutorial , which ALWAYS Makes My Day! :D

      elizabeth

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  34. Hi Elizabeth! What a fantastic idea! I've always loved seeing those ribbins turned into pillows, but the sweater application is beyond exciting! I love how you added the wire trim and the wire inserts. Putting wires in the sleeves was so smart too and I think I might try adding them in all my clothing and blankets in the future, the way you can style them is so life like. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome tutorial!

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  35. Hi Kristine and Thank You Very Much! :D
    I continue to enjoy making up these sweater sets as no two will ever look identical. Yesterday my friends Janine and Fatima came over and we made our pullovers together, so now Janine is now going to try making a cardigan version which I think is another TERRIFIC idea!
    We glued wires into the sleeves as well as the 2 insides of the sweater and it really does allow them to drape more realistically. :D

    elizabeth

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  36. Absolutely gorgeous, what a great idea. The use of florist wire to bend the arms is genius.

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    1. Thank you for your Lovely Comment Polly! :D
      Using the florist wire DID make a Big Difference to the Realism of the finished sweater. :)

      elizabeth

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  37. What a great idea! How clever and well made 😍, thank you for sharing. 😘
    Now I'm off, searching for ribbon.. 🏃🏼‍♀️

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    1. Hi Marlies!
      I am Very Glad that you've enjoyed my Tutorial as much as you've expressed AND ALSO that you're inspired to try it out- WOO-HOO! :D

      elizabeth

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  38. Oh wow! How clever! Must try and find this kind of ribbon here in the Lowlands. Thank you so much!

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    1. I'm Delighted that you've enjoyed the Tutorial Veronique AND I hope that you can find similar ribbon in your area so you can try making some sweaters too! :D

      elizabeth

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  39. Un resultado fantástico con un tutorial muy ingenioso.
    Un abrazo

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    1. Thank You Very Much Marian! :D
      Sometimes certain materials are easily translated into projects with few difficulties and these sweaters and caps from ribbon, are very good examples. :D

      elizabeth

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  40. Hello Elisabeth,
    Thank you for the great tutorial. the sweater looks beautiful and so realistic. I appr3eciate that you take us through each step and clearly indicate the glues and materials you use.
    Big hug
    Giac

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    1. Hello Giac !!! :D
      I've been thinking about for for quite awhile and wondering how you are so it's Terrific to see your comment here and I Thank You! :D
      Janine and Fatima came over last week and we each made a sweater.
      Janine can use hers in her Swedish House and Fatima could use hers in her Christmas House, and I just enjoy making them! ;D

      elizabeth

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  41. Hi Elizabeth, What a terrific tutorial, with such wonderful photos and detailed instructions. The finished set sure looks great and in time for Christmas gift giving. So much fun that Janine and Fatima were making them with you, that must have been so much fun. Hugs, Jean

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    1. Hello Jean! :D
      How Lovely to hear from your again and Thank You for your comment which I Greatly Appreciate! :D
      and Yes it was fun to make these sweaters with my friends and I believe that each of them had fun making them too, not to mention that it was a bit of a reunion after not seeing each other for several months.
      I hope ALL is well with you? :))

      elizabeth

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  42. Idea fantastica!!! Adoro i maglioni in stile svedese, in versione 1:12 sono ancora più adorabili!

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    1. Thank You Very Much Elene for your Lovely Compliment and Comment! :D
      These Swedish sweaters turned out really well not only for me but for my friends who made them as well! :D

      elizabeth

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  43. Elizabeth you are a wonder and I've missed looking at your amazing projects...but now have more time to devote to miniature projects and yours is the first place I look for inspiration. What a wonderful project and you are so clever to make use of this particular ribbon...shall have to give this a go as it is such a fun look. Fabulous idea and workmanship! Cheers, Alayne

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    1. Hi Alayne and Thank You Very Much! :D
      I have to say that making these sweater became somewhat addictive and I ended up making way more than I needed so gave some away to family and a friend who is building a cabin in the woods some of the surplus went to good homes, because with 25 feet of ribbon you can make A LOT of sweaters and caps! ;D

      elizabeth

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  44. This is awesome!!!
    Thank you for the tutorial.It sure is worth trying to find this ribbon to make this.

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    1. Thank You for your comment and Compliment Hopblogger, and I DOI hope that you'll be able to find the ribbon at Michael's before they're completely sold out of it.
      Good Luck and Success! :D

      elizabeth

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  45. Hello Elisabeth,

    This is such a 'cool' tutorial! A great idea and the result is stunning. thank you!

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  46. Hello Huibrecht! :D
    Many Thanks for your comment and for your 'cool" compliment too! ;D

    elizabeth

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  47. How clever! And oh so darn cute! I love the idea of using wire to "stage" the arms on the sweaters! Adorable!

    Hugs,
    Teresa

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  48. Thank You Very Much Teresa! I 'm So Glad that you like these sweaters because they were lots of Fun and incredibly easy to do.
    This was the first time i've used wire inserts for doll clothing and it worked a Treat- Hooray!!! :D

    elizabeth

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  49. I finally got to Michael's and bought some of this ribbon!!! There are so many neat things you can do with this idea!! Gift tags, place setting name tags, ornaments. Thank you for being so generous and sharing this!

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    1. Hi Carrie! :D
      I am soooo Glad that you were able to get some of this ribbon and your additional suggestions are Fabulous!!!
      I especially like your gift tag idea! :D

      elizabeth

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  50. I have been have a hard time getting my comments to go through, so I am trying a different way to comment. As I tried to say, I love this projects. The winter clothes would be perfect in a mountain cabin. The photos are so clear with very good instructions.

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  51. Elisabeth these sweaters are marvellous! I like to use ribbon for pillows but I never would have the creative thought to use them to make clothing. You are so clever! I am going to have to make a trip to the craft store now and see what we have over here that would suffice for wonderful christmas sweaters even though it will be 100 degrees here on Christmas Day.. lol I do wish Christmas didn't fall in the middle of summer downunder. :)

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  52. I very much like your pattern it's beautiful,thank for sharing good i dea !

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