Vintage Sled and Repurposed Sweater Mittens

Vintage Sled and Repurposed Sweater Mittens

During a $1.00 White Tag sale at a local thrift store here in Greenville, I purchased a pretty red cable-knit sweater. I had every intention of creating yet another embroidery hoop project using it as a backdrop.

Red cable knit sweater for repurposing into DIY mittens by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

No hoop for you!

But my sweater plans went out the window when I finally found an affordable vintage sled to use for Christmas décor.

Vintage sled at antiques store to be repurposed into DIY Christmas porch decor with upcycled sweater mittens by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Hurray! Something I’ve been on the hunt for.

I love the idea of incorporating these old sleds into porch décor for Christmas/winter- but many of them are decorated with traditional wreathes or a pair of vintage ice skates.

I don’t know about you, but I didn’t wear ice skates while sledding. And while I love the look of the old skates, I probably didn’t need to replicate that look. Surely I could make my sled a little different, right? This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

So I reminisced about my sledding days and thought about where I went sledding (Jackson Hill), who I went sledding with (fellow Villa Park southsiders), and what I wore (snowsuit or snowpants, hat, mittens).

Mittens.

Red woolen mittens.

Red woolen mittens with a string connecting them.

I wasn’t about to go hunt down some vintage red mittens- and I definitely didn’t want to purchase new ones. But I had that thrifted red sweater, didn’t I?

Sweater, mittens… sweater-mittens… smittens.

To make some smittens, I turned the sweater inside-out and grabbed a Sharpie. Cottonball insisted upon helping.

Repurpose a thrift store sweater into mittens by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A sharpie is a toy, right?

I then put my hand at the lower edge of the sweater, lining up my wrist with the bottom sweater banding. Using the Sharpie, I traced along my hand in a mitten shape.

Repurpose a thrift store sweater into mittens by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A mitten is taking shape…

On the other bottom corner of the sweater, I did the same thing with my right hand. Then, I cut out my “mittens”, still with the right sides facing each other, and pinned the edges (not the bottom ones, though) closed. I lined the cut edges with specialty glue, allowed them to dry, and quickly (i.e., not perfectly) hand-stitched the mitten closed with embroidery floss.

Repurpose a thrift store sweater into mittens by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Inside-out “smittens”!

After all was said and done, I turned them right-side-out, and ta-da! Perfect red mittens. Maybe not perfect enough to wear, but certainly good enough to decorate with.

Repurpose a thrift store sweater into mittens by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ready for sleddy!

Now I was ready to assemble my sled décor!

First, I propped it up…

Wait, I take that back. First, I swept the corner of my porch which was long overdue…embarrassing!

Anyway, so it’s propped up and I snipped some nice branches from our plethora of cypress trees and tied them to the sled with some jute twine. Look at that! First I incorporated cleaning into this project and now some yard work!

Decorating a vintage sled for Christmas porch decor with DIY mittens made from a repurposed thrift store sweater by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Vintage sled: Layer 1

Over the branches, I hung some large bells. I’ve had these suckers for years but never knew what to do with them. FINALLY they have a purpose!

Decorating a vintage sled for Christmas porch decor with DIY mittens made from a repurposed thrift store sweater by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Decor Layer 2…

Then, I wrapped my smittens around the sled. Since I didn’t have any red yarn, I simply safety-pinned a short red ribbon to each smitten to “connect” them, which also held them in place around the sled.

Decorating a vintage sled for Christmas porch decor with DIY mittens made from a repurposed thrift store sweater by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Layer 3…!

For the final touch, I added a large bow. I’m not much of a bow person and I’m certainly not skilled in bow-tying, but I was happy with how it turned out.

Decorating a vintage sled for Christmas porch decor with DIY mittens made from a repurposed thrift store sweater by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Layer 4 and done!

And I am telling you what- I LOVE THIS! It is just so darn cute, and I love that I “made” the smittens. Hurray for my vintage sled! So tell me, what’s your porch décor this holiday season?

Before you go, please check out my full collection of repurposed and upcycled Christmas projects for more festive inspiration!

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. Love it! I’ve been searching for a vintage sled. My sister in Colorado found one for me, but the cost for shipping was far more than the cost of the sled so she sent me a pic of “my” decorated sled on “her” front porch. The smittens are adorable.

  2. cute! we have a sled that i’d like to use like this, but i don’t trust the amount of people who walk by house.
    b

    • I have my Dad’s childhood sled from the 40’s, but sadly I think like you so maybe I can put it next to the fireplace!

  3. I LOVE vintage sleds, and you’ve made this one look so pretty with the handmade gloves. And those bells could not be more perfect for hanging in the greenery!

  4. Beautifully done! That sled was a great find! 🙂

  5. That is beautiful!! I so want to find a sled like that, but up here in the mountains, people are still using theirs and not selling them! 🙂

  6. I love your sled and your smittens. Thanks for linking up at the #HomeMatters linky.
    ~Bonnie

  7. Oh, your Sled & Smittens is adorable! I love it. There is just something wonderful about vintage decor at Christmastime. Thank you for sharing at the Home Matters Linky Party. Pinned and shared. 🙂

    ~Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai
    #HomeMatters

  8. This is such a cute and creative idea for a porch decoration. Enjoy the holidays! #WWDParty

  9. So, so cute! I love this fun holiday decoration. Thanks for sharing. PINNED!

  10. I know this post is really about the mittens, but I really love those super large bells! Lovely display 🙂 Thank you for linking up at the Make it Monday Party! Join us next week for one last party in 2014.

  11. Joy @ Yesterfood says:

    I love everything, everything about this, Sarah! Red, smittens, bells, vintage, porch….and only YOU could include a cleaning project in with your decorating project! 🙂 Thank you for sharing this with us at Treasure Box Tuesday- pinned!

  12. Clever idea, re: mittens!

  13. Cute idea – love the sled!

  14. I love your different décor for the vintage sled! The smittens are fabulous and have a vintage look to them. My sled is left plain with my childhood skates in their original plaid bag sitting next to it. I didn’t wear my skates while sledding either!!

  15. Adorable vignette!

  16. Such a pretty vignette. Sleighs are hard to come by in Florida, although I saw a lady buying one where my booth is. Had I been there 5 minutes earlier…anyway your porch decor is very welcoming.

    • Thank you, Debra! Yes…I can imagine not many folks bring their sleds with them when they migrate to Florida. Guess you just need to go pickin’ in North Georgia (which is where I found mine!). 😉

  17. very sweet. An d I love the cat!

  18. I’d say you really lucked out! And I love the name smittens, and what a cute helper you have! Thanks for sharing this on Throwback Thursday – I’ll be pinning it to our board, so make sure to follow! 🙂 Happy Holidays!

  19. This is so adorable! I have been looking for decor porch ideas. Now to get lucky and find an old sled!!

  20. This is such a cute idea! I love this!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J! Merry Christmas!

  21. Great sled decor idea. The mittens are adorable. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  22. What a great welcome to your home, and reminds me of the days gone by with sledding!!
    Thanks for stopping to share on the Oh My Heartsie Girls Wonderful Wednesday!
    Merry Christmas!!

  23. Your sled turned out really cute. I see mittens at all the craft shows made from sweaters and think they are very popular! Wishing you are very Merry Christmas!

  24. They really add a pop of colour to your display – love it!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  25. What a fabulous find, and I especially love, love, love way you did to it.

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