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30+ Things To Make With Old Sweaters
Posted By Tipnut On May 4, 2011 @ 9:27 am In Crafty Ideas | 1 Comment
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!
Bottle Vases : Instead of hot glue, sweaters are cut to fit then sewn so they can slip over the bottle (easy to remove and wash).
Make Hats : Felt an old sweater to make this hat which is still stretchy even when felted.
Recycled Bag : Felted wool sweaters whip up nicely into an easy tote. Embellish with a fabric flower if you like.
Cozy Throw : A good project to use up 5 or 6 sweaters, finished size is 42″x47″ (though you can make as large as you like).
Cozy Candles : Fit sweater cuffs over a glass candle holder for a pretty, decorative effect.
Aromatherapy Rice Pillow : The arm of a felted sweater is removed to be filled with uncooked rice and tea, ends sewn closed.
Vases : Cover vases and candle votive holders with fabric cut from old sweaters (hot glued in place).
Flower Pillow Form Cover : Repurpose an old sweater to make this charming flower pillow cover (round).
Flower Pot Covers : Measure planters and flower pots to make a custom fitted cozy out of old sweaters.
Scarflette : A long rectangle is cut from the body of a sweater, edges finished then ends sewn together, buttons added for embellishment.
Box Bag : Fully lined with a handle for easy toting, has a zip pull tab and can be made any size you like (length/depth).
Dog Clothes : Cut from an old sweater vest and turned into a charming coat for pup.
Also see Learn How To Felt Wool Sweaters .
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URLs in this post:
 Girls Spring Mini-Tote: http://blog.betzwhite.com/2008/03/girls-spring-mini-tote-tutorial.html
 Bottle Vases: http://thegirlbythesea.com/tutorials/recycled-sweater-vase-tutorial/
 Felted Stuffed Animals: http://www.marthastewart.com/265648/felted-stuffed-animals
 Make Hats: http://www.craftstylish.com/item/28927/how-to-make-hats-from-recycled-sweaters
 Hat & Mitts Set: http://www.onepearlbutton.com/2008/11/recycled-luxury-sweater-to-long-mittens.html
 Recycled Bag: http://whipup.net/2006/05/24/30-minutes-to-a-recycled-sweater-bag/
 Pocket Warmers: http://gluegunannie.com/?p=482
 found on this page: http://tipnut.com/make-your-own-microwave-heating-pad/
 Teacup Pincushions: http://www.marthastewart.com/267628/teacup-pincushions
 this page: http://tipnut.com/22-free-pincushion-patterns/
 Leg Warmers: http://createanddelegate.blogspot.com/2010/09/tutorial-make-sweater-better-asleg.html
 Cozy Throw: http://www.womansday.com/home/craft-ideas/make-a-cozy-throw
 Potluck Dish Cozy: http://blog.makezine.com/craft/how-to_make_a_potluck_dish_coz/
 listed here: http://tipnut.com/free-casserole-tote-tutorial/
 Slippers: http://www.craftstylish.com/item/40130/how-to-make-snuggly-slippers-from-old-sweaters
 found here: http://tipnut.com/slipper-patterns/
 Seat Covers: http://www.wholeliving.com/136142/25-eco-chic-ideas-your-home/@center/136755/green-home-guide#/27437
 Cozy Candles: http://www.countryhome.com/projects/freshthinking/cozycandles_1.html
 Tube Scarf: http://rhythmofthehome.com/2010/07/sweater-into-scarf/
 Tissue Cover: http://resweater.blogspot.com/2010/03/tutorial-tuesday-recycled-wool-tissue.html
 found on this page: http://tipnut.com/tissue-covers/
 Eyeglass Case: http://blog.betzwhite.com/2007/06/caterpillar-eyeglass-case-tutorial.html
 found here: http://tipnut.com/eyeglass-cases/
 Pet Bed: http://www.craftstylish.com/item/41168/how-to-make-a-pet-bed-from-recycled-sweaters
 more pet beds here: http://tipnut.com/pet-beds/
 Dog Toys: http://www.craftstylish.com/item/40916/how-to-make-sweater-dog-toys
 iPad Sleeve: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-create-a-slighty-self-c-113839
 Kindle cover here: http://sugarcreekfarm.net/?p=1658
 listed on this page: http://tipnut.com/ipad-kindle-covers/
 Purse: http://www.lemonsqueezyhome.com/2010/10/purse-week-kick-off-with-guest-tutorial.html
 Aromatherapy Rice Pillow: http://themagiconions.blogspot.com/2010/01/how-to-make-aromatherapy-rice-pillow.html
 Hot Water Bottle Cozy: http://thenewnew.blogspot.com/2009/01/make-your-own-hot-water-bottle-cozy.html
 found on this page: http://tipnut.com/hot-water-bottle-covers/
 Vases: http://www.bystephanielynn.com/2010/09/more-recycled-sweater-vases-easy-simple.html
 Laptop Cozy: http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2009/how-tuesday-sweater-computer-cozy-from-refashioned-bags/
 on this page: http://tipnut.com/laptop-sleeves-cases/
 Felted Tea Cozy: http://www.clotilde.com/newsletters/loveofsewing/pages/SSNL1509_patt.html
 on this page: http://tipnut.com/rosy-tea-cosy/
 Scrappy Felt iPad Cover: http://mypoppet.blogspot.com/2011/05/how-to-scrappy-felt-ipad-cover.html
 Flower Pillow Form Cover: http://dhwilson.blogspot.com/2011/05/flower-pillow-form-cover.html
 Boots: http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/sweater-boots
 Flower Pot Covers: http://www.duofiberworks.com/journal/2010/1/5/sweater-covered-flowerpots-tutorial.html
 Raspberry Lemonade Mittens: http://luckyandblissful.blogspot.com/2010/11/raspberry-lemonade-mittens.html
 Scarflette: http://whipup.net/2010/10/12/2010-guest-blogger-series-cool-weather-refashion-with-cheri/
 Flower Pillows: http://www.fingerprintsonthefridge.com/2011/08/03/guest-post-by-the-famous-mrs-nato/
 Box Bag: http://trulymyrtle.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/box-bag-tutorial.html
 Make A Throw or Pillow: http://www.bhg.com/christmas/gifts/recycle-sweaters-make-a-throw-or-pillow/
 Dog Clothes: http://www.craftstylish.com/item/40669/how-to-make-a-recycled-dog-sweater
 Socks: http://www.pearlsandscissors.com/2012/10/diy-upcycled-socks-from-sweater-sleeves.html
 Learn How To Felt Wool Sweaters: http://www.motherearthnews.com/do-it-yourself/how-to-felt-wool-ze0z10zhir.aspx
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