Tweed Acorn Decor with Nut Bowl Caps

Tweed Acorn Decor with Nut Bowl Caps

While putting together a collection of Upcycled Fall Décor projects for a blog post, I ran across this oversized acorn decor project that I just fell in love with. It’s not my originally idea (important for me to point out), BUT I wanted to create my own version of fabric acorn décor.

And how would I make them with a Sadie twist? By using the remainders from tweed sport coats I still have after making these tweed-y projects!

I also knew this project was meant to be when I was recently thrifting in Asheville and found the perfect vintage nut bowls that I could use as acorn décor caps. And the rest, well…is upcycling history! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Vintage wooden nut bowls at thrift store to be upcycled into acorn decor caps by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Hello there, little acorn caps-to-be…

Vintage wooden nut bowls at thrift store to be upcycled into acorn decor caps by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Love that fluted edge!

So…as far as my thrifted tweed sport coats were concerned, I had ample fabric left. But my eyes immediately honed in the sleeves. Why? Because real-life acorns taper to a point, right? And sleeves are naturally tapered.

Plus, I hadn’t touched the sleeves in my previous upcycled tweed projects, so I had plenty of options in case the idea didn’t work out. I gathered my main elements- vintage tweed coats and those wooden nut bowls (and, Cottonball, of course!) and got to work.

Making DIY acorn decor for fall decorating using upcycled tweed sport coats and vintage wooden nut bowls by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I think these will look delightful together!

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Video Tutorial

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Full Tutorial: Making Tweed Acorn Decor

First, I needed to isolate a sleeve for the project- so I cut it off at the arm pit, straight and perpendicular to the sleeve itself.

Upcycling sleeve of tweed sport coat to create DIY acorn decor for fall decorating by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ok- let’s do this!

I then turned the sleeve inside out, and sewed a loose running stich about 1/3 of the way up from the cuff. I used a contrasting thread color so that you could see my running stitch, but since no one will ever SEE any of my sewing, thread color doesn’t matter one bit.

Upcycling sleeve of tweed sport coat to create DIY acorn decor for fall decorating by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Running stitch = sewing anyone can do…

Then, before doing anything else, I gently tugged the needle-end of my thread and gathered the tweed. I ran my needle through the gathered fabric (a thimble helps here), before knotting it off securely.

Making acorn decor for autumn decorating from repurposed tweed sport coat sleeve by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

So far, so good…

Then, I turned my “sleeve bag” right-side-out. Before stuffing my acorn decor, I took one additional step- adding some river rocks to the bottom of my acorn-to-be.

Why? To give the acorn decor some weight at the bottom! Once I add the nut bowl caps, they’ll be quite top heavy. So, a few stones in the base will offset that and help them stand more easily.

Adding river rocks to the bottom of upcycled tweed acorn decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Trust me on this step!

NOW it was time to stuff my fabric acorn decor- and I was *not shy* about the amount of fiberfill I used.

Creating autumn style acorn decor using upcycled tweed coats and vintage nut bowls or salad bowls by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Oooh, he’s pretty full!

I used a needle and thread again to sew another running stitch along the top of my stuffed acorn and again gathered it a touch before knotting off. You don’t need to tug it all the way closed- just gathered enough so that your wooden bowl fits on top.

Creating autumn style acorn decor using upcycled tweed coats and vintage nut bowls or salad bowls by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

We’re getting there!

Using my favorite basic craft glue, I then secured my vintage nut bowl on top of my acorn décor! And while the glue dried, I added a small weight (like a can of tuna or cat food) on top of the bowl so that the stuffing/tweed behaved.

Fall decorating with DIY acorn decor using tweed sport coat sleeves and wooden salad bowls for acorn caps by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Adding the acorn cap!

For my acorn cap “stem”, I continued to upcycle and used old wooden knobs / drawer pulls! The inspirational blog post from Cheap Eats & Thrifty Crafts used cut branches, but I wanted to use something salvaged.

Using upcycled wooden drawer pulls or knobs as acorn cap stem for DIY fall decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Won’t these be perfect?

After gluing each knob to the center of my nut bowl cap, my upcycled tweed acorn décor were complete! See how they’re slightly tapered at the bottom? Just enough to really punch up the “acorn-ness”…

Making acorn decor for fall decorating using upcycled tweed coats and vintage wooden nut bowls by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I love them!!!

Perhaps the funniest thing now is opening the coat closet to see a bunch of armless tweed coats hanging there! But, I’ve now gotten three repurposed projects from the same tweed coats- gotta love that use of resources!

AND I love how my tweed acorn décor turned out, don’t you?

Making fabric acorn decor for fall decorating using upcycled tweed coats and vintage wooden nut bowls by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Adorable fall decor…

Don’t forget to check out my full collection of repurposed autumn decorating projects here before you go!

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. very cute Sadie!

  2. I love these! Great idea!!

  3. You are so creative! I just love them! I have this saved – so many projects going on now but I want these for next year so I put a reminder for August 2019 Calendar!! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Jane Clelland says:

    Love this project!! Great idea!

  5. Janet johnson says:

    I like these. I will keep my eyes open for those bowls.

  6. You are so darn creative I could read your blog all day! This was fantastic! Nice acorns!!!

  7. Robyn Wright says:

    Clever girl!

  8. teri denman says:

    Oh gosh, I love these acorns! I even love the nut bowls “as is” – I’d be torn using them for anything else! Alas, I guess the days of 70’s Mom’s putting out the nuts and nut crackers on the living room end tables are in the past. *sigh*

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      We only used our nut bowl set during the holidays, but it felt so special! I always tried to crack the walnuts perfectly in half so that I could make little boats from the shells. 🙂

  9. Rita Corblies says:

    OMG Now I will be looking for small wooden nut bowls…and tweed fabric….They are so “Autumn”!

  10. chris tucker says:

    it has been a while sarah , lots of health issues, but i still read every post and i had to comment on these i am in love and they are simple enough i can even do them xx

  11. Claire Armstrong says:

    These are so cute and clever. I love what you have done here!

  12. Sarah, these are just the cutest acorns I’ve ever seen! The thought of your tweed jacket stash hanging in the closet with missing arms and pieces, just cracks me up!! A perfect fall project!

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