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30+ Things To Make With Old Sweaters

We made it through another winter and now that Spring is here, it’s time to go through our closets and pack up the sweaters until next season. If you have a few that are too worn or no longer fit, you can repurpose them into all kinds of useful or pretty things. Here is a bunch of clever and crafty ideas you can try, many have you felting the wool first which is easy enough to do by washing in hot water (most projects include detailed instructions for felting). A few of these projects are found in other collections here on Tipnut but copied here to keep things organized in one spot. Have fun!


Girls Spring Mini-Tote [1]: Made with a felted wool sweater, scraps of felt and assorted buttons.

Bottle Vases [2]: Instead of hot glue, sweaters are cut to fit then sewn so they can slip over the bottle (easy to remove and wash).



Felted Stuffed Animals [3]: Free pdf template download for three different animals provided, a lamb, pig and chicken. Finished size is 5 to 8 inches tall.

Make Hats [4]: Felt an old sweater to make this hat which is still stretchy even when felted.



Hat & Mitts Set [5]: Pretty mitten and cloche hat set made from a thrifted turtleneck cashmere sweater. Long cuffs feature a row of buttons.

Recycled Bag [6]: Felted wool sweaters whip up nicely into an easy tote. Embellish with a fabric flower if you like.



Pocket Warmers [7]: Filled with uncooked rice, dry beans, lentils, etc., that will heat will in the microwave. More filler ideas found on this page [8].

Teacup Pincushions [9]: Made with felted wool sweaters, both written and video instructions provided. See lots of pincushions on this page [10].



Leg Warmers [11]: These couldn’t be easier to make, simply cut the arms off an old sweater, finish the edges and voila! ready to wear.

Cozy Throw [12]: A good project to use up 5 or 6 sweaters, finished size is 42″x47″ (though you can make as large as you like).



Potluck Dish Cozy [13]: Two felted sweaters are used for this project (one for lining), top flap folds over and held in place with velcro. More casserole totes listed here [14].

Slippers [15]: Simple slippers made with a wool sweater, top edge is finished with crochet trim. More slipper tutorials found here [16].



Seat Covers [17]: Reupholster chair seats with thrift-store sweaters (secured in place with a staple gun).

Cozy Candles [18]: Fit sweater cuffs over a glass candle holder for a pretty, decorative effect.



Tube Scarf [19]: With a bit of cutting and simple sewing, you can fashion a tube scarf (or cowl) to wear all winter long.

Tissue Cover [20]: A little pouch cozy to carry a pack of tissues, made with a piece of felted wool. More tissue covers & cozies found on this page [21].



Eyeglass Case [22]: Made with an 8″ square scrap from a felted wool sweater, trimmed with ric rac and scraps of felt. More eyeglass cases found here [23].

Pet Bed [24]: This is made by crocheting strips of old sweaters together then shaped into a bed that puppy can cozy into. You’ll find more pet beds here [25].



Dog Toys [26]: Make squeaky sweater bones that are stuffed with replacement squeakers (can be found at the pet store).

iPad Sleeve [27]: You’ll also find a Kindle cover here [28]. More iPad & Kindle projects are listed on this page [29].



Purse [30]: Made with a sweater, fat quarter of fabric, fusible interfacing, batting, ribbon and purse handles.

Aromatherapy Rice Pillow [31]: The arm of a felted sweater is removed to be filled with uncooked rice and tea, ends sewn closed.



Hot Water Bottle Cozy [32]: Made with a felted turtleneck sweater (large size) and yarn scraps. More hot water bottle covers found on this page [33].

Vases [34]: Cover vases and candle votive holders with fabric cut from old sweaters (hot glued in place).



Laptop Cozy [35]: Made with a felted wool sweater, zipper is added to keep case closed. More laptop covers on this page [36].

Felted Tea Cozy [37]: Made with two old wool sweaters that have been felted, grosgrain ribbon and a decorative button. More tea cozies listed on this page [38].



Scrappy Felt iPad Cover [39]: Made with pieces of old wool sweaters (first felted), batting and cotton fabric. Button & foldover tab closure.

Flower Pillow Form Cover [40]: Repurpose an old sweater to make this charming flower pillow cover (round).



Boots [41]: Flat shoes are used for the base then the arms from an old sweater are cut off for the boot legs.

Flower Pot Covers [42]: Measure planters and flower pots to make a custom fitted cozy out of old sweaters.



Raspberry Lemonade Mittens [43]: Sleeves from a felted sweater are cut and sewn into fingerless gloves, trimmed with a bit of pretty lace.

Scarflette [44]: A long rectangle is cut from the body of a sweater, edges finished then ends sewn together, buttons added for embellishment.



Flower Pillows [45]: A men’s sized sweater is cut into 1″ strips which are then rolled/folded around a pillow and hand stitched or glued in place.

Box Bag [46]: Fully lined with a handle for easy toting, has a zip pull tab and can be made any size you like (length/depth).



Make A Throw or Pillow [47]: Instructions for making both a throw and pillow from felted wool sweaters.

Dog Clothes [48]: Cut from an old sweater vest and turned into a charming coat for pup.



Socks [49]: Simple DIY with the sleeves cut then stitched together at the foot and some elastic added at the calf.

Also see Learn How To Felt Wool Sweaters [50].