You get to benefit from a tiny bit of self promotion! Yup, this is my book. And my publisher, the wonderful Quayside Publishing Group has offered a copy to you my loving Recycled Crafts at Craft Gossip readers. All you need to do is leave a comment in today’s post by Midnight Wed 26th, 2010 and you are entered to win. Here is a bit about it and want to see more projects made with recycled sweaters pop on over to these posts at Craftside and these posts at Sweater Surgery.

Sweater Surgery:
How to Make New Things from Old Sweaters

By yours truly,

Stefanie Girard

Contemporary crafters are thriving on personalizing, modifying, and altering fashion as not only hobbies but as a lifestyle.

Why repurpose your sweaters? Because you can’t buy sweater fabric by the yard. Sweaters get damaged or go out of style but we still love the prints, colors, and textures. You don’t have time to knit it from scratch. It’s ecologically correct. And most of all–it’s fun!

Sweater Surgery shows you how to upcycle all your slightly worn, slightly damaged, or plain old out-of-style sweaters into fabulous new items for your wardrobe and your home. Readers learn how to choose, cut, restitch, felt, and embellish old sweater fabric, transforming it into beautiful handbags, mittens, scarves, hats, hoodies, skirts, jewelry, soft toys, pillows, and more!

Complete instructions for 27 projects, plus a huge gallery of exciting ideas for further inspiration.”

[tags] Sweater Surgery by Stefanie Girard[/tags]

By Stefanie Girard


120 Comments so far

  1. janackeh on May 19, 2010 11:25 am

    i’d love love love to win this book!!! =)

  2. Erin on May 19, 2010 11:30 am

    Ooh, I love the striped bag on the cover.

  3. Jenny B on May 19, 2010 11:30 am

    This looks like fun! I’d love to win it :)

  4. Laurie Anne on May 19, 2010 11:31 am

    I would love a copy of this book on my bookshelf :) Count me in!

  5. Heidi on May 19, 2010 11:31 am

    I love upcycled sweater crafting! This book would be a fabulous source of inspiration!

  6. Jesse on May 19, 2010 11:33 am

    I am always chopping up old shirts and sweaters, this is so up my alley. I would love to win this book!
    jessehassenrik at gmail dot com

  7. Susan Spiers on May 19, 2010 11:44 am

    What a great idea for a book! I could really use this!

  8. Cindy-Sidetracked Artist on May 19, 2010 11:46 am

    I love making things from reused materials. The plushies are darling!

  9. Cherie on May 19, 2010 11:49 am

    Sweater Surgery looks amazing!

  10. Suzanne on May 19, 2010 11:49 am

    Perfect! I just returned all those felted-sweater project books to the library, and it’d be great to have one on my own shelf!

  11. Jeanine on May 19, 2010 11:50 am it

  12. Katie on May 19, 2010 11:52 am

    Your book looks like so much fun! I love going to the thrift stores to see what I can use!

  13. melissa on May 19, 2010 12:21 pm

    I have a pile of sweaters just waiting for some inspiration

  14. Carolyn on May 19, 2010 12:22 pm

    I’ve been wanting this book! I hope I win!

  15. Molly on May 19, 2010 12:23 pm

    This looks cool. I have a bunch of old sweaters that could find a new purpose.

  16. Jessi on May 19, 2010 12:29 pm

    I have this book on my amazon wishlist! Winning it would be awesome.

  17. SharlyQ on May 19, 2010 12:33 pm

    Sounds like a lot of fun – sign me up!!

  18. Ka on May 19, 2010 12:35 pm

    i soo wanna this book!!! I’m all about crafting right now, this book would be perfect for my blog project! I hope i win!!

  19. ks on May 19, 2010 12:36 pm

    Looks like a wonderful book. And a great resource to add to my bag of tricks. :)

  20. Jingle on May 19, 2010 12:47 pm

    This looks like SUCH a fun book! I love using old clothes as new fabric!!! So many possibilities!

  21. Maggie on May 19, 2010 12:48 pm

    Pick me! Pick me!

  22. Elizabeth on May 19, 2010 1:10 pm

    I just repurposed some sweaters into diaper covers, so I love this idea!

  23. Becky on May 19, 2010 1:20 pm

    Congratulations on publishing!!

    Your book looks fabulous!

  24. Janile Hill on May 19, 2010 1:24 pm

    I’ve wanted this book for a while but I just can’t buy every craft book I want, or else I’d go broke. Please pick me!

  25. carmel on May 19, 2010 1:45 pm

    i would love to have that book
    thanks alot!

  26. Yvonne on May 19, 2010 1:48 pm

    This would be great to have, I have a whole chest of sweaters for just this purpose!

  27. Carole Ann on May 19, 2010 1:56 pm

    Be still my heart! I love upcycling!

  28. Elyse on May 19, 2010 2:04 pm

    I would LOVE to have this book!!

  29. Jeanne on May 19, 2010 2:33 pm

    would love to win this one! i have tons of sweaters that need surgery!

  30. The Answer Is Chocolate on May 19, 2010 3:12 pm

    Congrats on the book! I am just getting into upcycling clothes so winning this would be fantastic.

  31. Cindy on May 19, 2010 3:17 pm

    WOW …. I would LOVE this book! so CUTE, so FUN! This would be awesome to share with friends and family! OXOXOX Pick ME… PICK ME !!!! OXOXOX with joy and love – Cindy

  32. Kylie on May 19, 2010 3:52 pm

    This would be a great book for my craft collection. With eight people in the house I have all sorts of lovely things to up-cycle these days.

  33. Ellen Lai on May 19, 2010 4:21 pm

    I have not done such things, the book will be a good eye-opener!

  34. Deney Nguyen on May 19, 2010 4:27 pm

    I have plenty of sweaters for some of these projects.

  35. Emma on May 19, 2010 4:36 pm

    What a great idea! I love to upcycle… this would be a great start for me.

  36. Christa on May 19, 2010 5:11 pm

    I would love to get some more ideas. Recently I made a quilt for my son out of all my old sweaters. It turned out great, soft and so warm.

  37. tanya Barrett on May 19, 2010 5:13 pm

    Looks like a fun book!

  38. Angie on May 19, 2010 6:08 pm

    Repurposing is a wonderful trend and I’d love to see new ideas!

  39. Tema on May 19, 2010 7:22 pm

    I’d love to win acopy of your book. My husband used to have asweater busiiness so I’ve got lots of old sweaters ust waiting to be reinvented.

  40. Elizabeth on May 19, 2010 7:37 pm

    What a neat book! Congratulations!

  41. victoria on May 19, 2010 8:13 pm

    I have a ton of sweaters that no longer fit after 3 babies. Teach me how to upcycle them so I don’t have to look at my “skinny” sweaters anymore. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  42. Kris on May 19, 2010 9:35 pm

    My ideal day is upcycling anything and this looks like a great book to polish off some of my projects and give me inspiration for others.

  43. jenn on May 19, 2010 10:21 pm

    What a great, creative way to recycle sweaters. I hope I win this book, then I’ll be headed to Goodwill for some fun colored old sweaters to start creating with:)

  44. noa .d. on May 19, 2010 11:31 pm

    I would love to win this book! I have many sweaters that really need a surgery :)

  45. Audrey on May 20, 2010 3:47 am

    I’d love some new ideas…..

  46. Elvi on May 20, 2010 5:06 am

    Awwwww I’d love this book!

  47. Becka on May 20, 2010 5:52 am

    thank you for the offer!

  48. Melissa on May 20, 2010 7:05 am

    Keep looking at it online but would love to see all the projects inside. Thanks!

  49. Jo on May 20, 2010 7:31 am

    great looking book – congratulations!! I would of course LOVE to win this!!

  50. Jane on May 20, 2010 7:59 am

    Awesome! Thanks!

  51. Danielle on May 20, 2010 8:18 am

    wow, this looks like great book! We can use some new ideas for our company GoJindy.

  52. Sarah on May 20, 2010 8:27 am

    This looks like a great book! I hope I win it!

  53. sonya on May 20, 2010 8:32 am

    I need this book.

  54. Debbie on May 20, 2010 8:47 am

    I just bought some wool sweaters at a rummage sale and would love to get this book on what to do with them. It looks awesome!

  55. Rachel on May 20, 2010 8:53 am

    This book would make my daughter a very happy girl!

  56. Sindy on May 20, 2010 9:00 am

    I have done a few things with sweaters and would put this book to good use. I am teaching sewing to my daughter too so there would be double use out of it.

  57. Joanne Carpenter on May 20, 2010 9:11 am

    I love to upcyle old garments. This sounds like a great book.

  58. Robbie on May 20, 2010 9:15 am

    This is one book I will definitely look for. I am into recycle, repurpose, reconstruction of used and older outfits. I hope I win this book, but if not, I hope I find it at the local bookstore. I have a book on redesigning T-Shirts and that was inspiring. I hope this one will help on some ideas I have. Wish me luck!

  59. marie-andree on May 20, 2010 9:27 am

    I would love to win. I’m sure this book will give me more ideas for upcycling.

  60. Astrid on May 20, 2010 10:04 am

    I would love to have that book!!

  61. Karen on May 20, 2010 10:13 am

    Wow, what a wonderful book! It would be great fun going to garage sales to find cool sweaters to repurpose.

    As an aside, I flew into Portland, OR last night and in the airport they had a small display of outfits made from recycled materials…no sweaters, but there was one design was a suit made from recycled kitty litter bags and another made from plastic gelato spoons and serving cups the designer fished out of the garbage. The designs wer stunning and so fun to look at!

  62. Valentine on May 20, 2010 10:48 am

    What a wonderful book with great ideas on repurposing our old sweaters, just what I have been looking for!

  63. Barbra on May 20, 2010 10:57 am

    When a lifelong New Yorker moves to South Carolina it’s hard to give up all those sweaters. I turned some into handwarmers but need more ideas. This book sounds like the key!

  64. kate the kid on May 20, 2010 11:18 am

    keep thinking about the blanket my sisters felted…that has disapeared…thinking what i could have made with it when Mom died. would love this book!! Peace, katie

  65. Piroska on May 20, 2010 12:47 pm

    Looks like a fantastic book.

  66. Kim R. on May 20, 2010 12:48 pm

    I’d love a chance – please enter me!
    Thanks :)

  67. Jane on May 20, 2010 12:51 pm

    Congratulations on your new book!! Looks as if you have a lot of great ideas. Thanks for the giveaway.

  68. Lynn Minney on May 20, 2010 1:07 pm

    Ooooh, I was eyeing this book on amazon! I sew bags out of recycled sweaters & wold LOVE, LOVE, LOVE more ideas for the sweaters & scraps that I have around. I’d love to win this book!

  69. Stefanie on May 20, 2010 1:32 pm

    love reading the Sweater Surgery blog! hope I win. =)

  70. Andi Lackey on May 20, 2010 1:43 pm

    I LOVE using old sweaters for something new! Pick me pick me :-)

  71. Barbara on May 20, 2010 1:54 pm

    I love this book and have been waiting to buy it–having seen it at my library. It would be great to get a free copy.

    Ms. Gerard, good work and thank you so much for your generous book. It’s wonderful.

  72. Grandma Jo on May 20, 2010 2:06 pm

    I have so many felted sweaters just waiting for inspiration. This book would really help me!

  73. TheraJoyce on May 20, 2010 3:46 pm

    Oohh! Pick Me, Pick Me! I would love to have copy of this book.

  74. Laya Fisher on May 20, 2010 3:54 pm

    This book is Snuggly, cuddly and oh-sew-sweet!

  75. craftlicious on May 20, 2010 4:16 pm

    i love to recycle,so i m always looking for new idea,this book will be really handy

  76. Debbie on May 20, 2010 6:04 pm

    Oh wow! We love to repurpose and are always hunting new techniques and ideas. This book would be awesome to have.

  77. Elaine R on May 20, 2010 6:23 pm

    This sounds like a really interesting,recycling book!

  78. crazyestonian on May 20, 2010 7:04 pm

    The stuffies on the cover are adorable!

  79. angie on May 20, 2010 7:10 pm

    Great looking book! Looking forward to reading it.

  80. Jessica B on May 20, 2010 8:31 pm

    I would love to win this book. Recycling old clothes is what I do best =)

  81. Bec Clarke on May 20, 2010 9:18 pm

    So glad that I didn’t buy this last week, just in case I win it!!!

  82. Tonia on May 20, 2010 9:22 pm

    MMMMMMMM — I’d love to have a copy of this book. I hope Lady Luck is on my side!

  83. Kaylin on May 21, 2010 3:36 am

    This looks so fun! I love that black and white skirt on the cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

  84. Lynda on May 21, 2010 5:15 am

    I would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks.

  85. Ricki on May 21, 2010 8:08 am

    Would love to win this!

  86. Lyn Lewis on May 21, 2010 12:30 pm

    What would the world be without books, to read, to instruct, fascinate and inspire us!
    I dont have this one, went looking for it in march at a show I went to, and it had sold out on the bookstall! So reckon it must be one hot potato lol … so fingers crossed!

  87. Jessica B on May 21, 2010 7:45 pm

    would love to win…

  88. Michelle on May 21, 2010 7:47 pm

    What a neat book – would love to win!!!

  89. Marley on May 22, 2010 7:43 am

    I’ve looked at this book. It is filled with great ideas. Good work.

  90. Ashley on May 22, 2010 8:57 am

    Oh, man. This is awesome! :) My sister and I have just started investigating how to upcycle t-shirts, so learning how to do stuff with sweaters too would be ten kinds of awesome! :)

  91. Miss Muffin on May 22, 2010 12:24 pm

    I have borrowed this book from our library and LOVE it! Would love to own one copy. ;-)

  92. Kellie Van Es on May 22, 2010 6:12 pm

    I wanna win! I wanna win! I made mittens and a hat out of the same polka dot sweater that’s on the cover!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  93. Deanna on May 22, 2010 8:01 pm

    Oh I could SO have fun with this!

  94. Jayney on May 23, 2010 1:43 am

    What a lovely book

  95. Holly U on May 23, 2010 11:30 am

    Looks great! Thanks for the chance!

  96. Laura on May 23, 2010 1:50 pm

    I would love to have and use this book for inspiration!

  97. Patricia Hall on May 23, 2010 4:31 pm

    I am so super excited about this book! I was just trolling the thrift shop today looking for cute sweaters to play with.

  98. Robyn on May 24, 2010 2:37 pm

    repurposing sweaters is a fave activity!

  99. carmen araujo on May 24, 2010 5:15 pm

    i hope i win it. i could really use it. :)

  100. Tisa on May 24, 2010 5:46 pm

    How fun…I’d love to win this ~ :) Thanks!

  101. Lynda Taylor on May 24, 2010 9:04 pm

    I have seen this book on a few blogs and want it bad!
    Please pick me!!!
    I would love to play like you.

  102. Michelle on May 24, 2010 10:04 pm

    Would be real fun to win something like this! I’m sure I’d be able to make lots of things with it!

  103. Mieke Bronckers on May 24, 2010 11:50 pm

    Hi, looks like a fantastic book, I would love to win this book.

  104. linda pelati on May 25, 2010 12:06 am

    my mother was a “home taylor”, I cut paper with scissors and take care of stray cats and dogs, and my daughter just discovered creativity with grandmother’s sewing machine… the world is hopefully full of women busy with life…?

  105. Amy Zimmer on May 25, 2010 3:17 am

    Set my intention on finding perfection today and look where it landed me! Thanks for the opportunity and good luck with your book. Amy

  106. Lynda on May 25, 2010 5:03 am

    I love recycling stuff and would love to have this book. Lynda

  107. Karen on May 25, 2010 8:51 am

    What a great idea for a book. I have done some felting from old wool sweaters and would love more ideas.

  108. Nancy on May 25, 2010 10:22 am

    I have loads of sweaters and fabric and need more inspiration to create functional pieces from them. I love the idea of re-using garments and adding pieces to make them fabulous. I’d love to have this book as inspiration! Nancy

  109. Amber F. on May 25, 2010 1:06 pm

    I’ve recently returned to sewing from a long hiatus and am extremely interested in recycling/upcycling/repurposing/reinventing old clothing for my family. I could sooooooo use this book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  110. Emily on May 25, 2010 2:02 pm

    I move a lot and am constantly cleaning out my closets and drawers, giving clothes and other things away. I would love to recycle my sweaters and other unused items into new handmade gifts.

  111. Heather on May 26, 2010 9:06 am

    Ooooooh! My husband ruins so many clothes, including sweaters, that I hate to discard. Looks like some very cute creations!!

  112. Gizala on May 26, 2010 9:09 am

    Cool! Cool! Cool!

  113. Anna Walker on May 26, 2010 12:25 pm

    This looks like a great addition to my library of inspiration, especially now that I’ve come into felt! Would love to win this!


  114. Jan Mollet Evans on May 26, 2010 1:56 pm

    What a fabulous book! It’s so good that — if I don’t win it — I’ll have to go out and buy it. So many creative ideas…glad I saw Stefanie at Maker Faire!!!

  115. Charlene Anderson on May 26, 2010 6:04 pm

    Cool. Would love this book!

  116. Teresa on May 26, 2010 7:32 pm

    me! me! me! I just set aside a whole bag of old sweaters.

  117. Sheila Staves on May 27, 2010 7:52 am

    Being the pack rat that I am, I’ve been holding on to a couple (okay, well, an entire box) of sweaters. It would be fabulous to re-purpose them for a fun and/or functional use!

  118. turtle on May 29, 2010 10:23 am

    wow! what a fantastic looking book!

  119. kate the kid on May 30, 2010 9:00 pm

    who won??

  120. Linda head on June 14, 2010 9:17 am

    I love to make purse with wool sweaters. I would love to win a copy of your book.

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