10 Things To Do With An Old Sweater

Filed under: Recycling — Savvy Housekeeper at 9:17 am on Thursday, August 18, 2011

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The back-to-school/fall clothing lines are in the stores and, believe it or not, it’s a good time to buy a sweater.

I have a couple of sweaters that are looking worn out, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I’m going to get rid of them when I buy a new one. In fact, sweaters are great for recycling–there are tons of things you can do with them.

Just as a sample, here are 10 projects you can do with an old sweater:

1. Make Fingerless Gloves. This is my own tutorial (pictured above) for making a pair of fingerless gloves out of a sweater.

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2. Unravel the sweater for yarn and knit something new.

3. Make footwear with them, like these boots or these slippers.

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4. Cover a pillow with a sweater, like this argyle pillow or this dog bed.

5. Turn the sweater into a wine cozy because, why not?

6. Make the sweater into a purse or a tote.

7. Sew a plush stuffed animal, like these cashmere bunnies.

8. Make a scarf, like the flower one or this infinity scarf or this scarflette.

9. And while you’re at it, make a hat too.

10. Or save a lot of sweaters and turn them into a blanket.

How have you recycled a old sweater?


Comment by WolfSong

August 18, 2011 @ 9:40 am

Every year I make a certain amount of scarves to donate to children’s charities. The last few years, I started buying real wool sweaters from thrift stores, and a. pulling them apart to crochet into scarves, or b. cutting out mitts and sewing them together to go with the scarves.

Last year I did the mitt thing, and learned that my local Koats for Kids chapter often gets good re-usable coats and ski pants, but rarely scarves, hats and mitts. So, they were quite grateful for the scarves and mitts I sent their way. This summer, I have been stocking up on sweaters-again thrifted, or from yard sales-to make mitts. I am toying with a sew-together hat pattern, something quick, simple, and warm. I love the one you linked to!

Comment by Rob

August 18, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

I have seen folks make dog sweaters out of the arms. My dog would not like it, but hey….

Comment by Savvy Housekeeper

August 19, 2011 @ 8:14 am

Wolfsong, very cool. You are such an ingenuous person!

Comment by Sarah

September 10, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

I felted old wool sweaters and wool socks to make my son’s diapers. Some are lanolized to be waterproof covers; others are left for greater absorbency.

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