Sweaters can be used in a variety of recycled crafts. This is a guide about recycling sweaters into crafts.
Don't throw away old sweaters. Recycle them! I have even bought them at thrift stores to recycle. Most projects can be done in under an hour.
Approximate Time: 1 hour or less
This is a guide about recycle yarn from old sweaters. Old outdated sweaters of your own or thriftstore finds are a great source for reclaimed yarn.
Turn your old wool sweater into a pair of pants for your baby! Wash the sweater with hot water and dry with high heat to shrink it. Cut off the sleeves, and sew them together to make a pair of "legs". Finish the waist with a draw-string (an old shoe-string works great) or elastic. You can even use the collar or bottom of the sweater to make it look more professional around the waist. And, wool makes a great diaper cover, too!
By Jackie from Burlington, KY
I have several old sweaters that my family and I love and would like to recycle or re-use. I want to put large squares from the sweaters together to make a king-sized quilt.
Can I stitch the blocks of sweaters before cutting them apart, to keep them from unraveling, then cut them out, and attach them to each other by stitching them along the prior stitch line?
I do not knit at all and have very little experience sewing. I only know how to make some hand stitches, and I don't have a sewing machine.
If my idea is ridiculous, please advise me how I can do the "quilt" or submit these sweaters to someone else to do it for me.
By Miss Bonnie from Denver, CO region
If you go to buy a used sewing machine please take a sewing person with you as you could end up with nothing and have spent your money. I rebuild old machines and can find a lot that have a little wrong with them for 20 dollars but you have to know how to use one to buy used.
Go to a Sewing place that fixes machines and 50.00 with a 30 day guarantee is a good price and you are covered and they will instruct you or you can order a book if one doesn't come with it by googling the name of the machine. You seem to be wanting to tackle an awful big job so be careful, get some help.
I did a google search and found quite a few instructions. I do agree with the rest that you will need a sewing machine even if you are a very accomplished hand stitcher. I will include some of the links I found & you can easily do the search with " making quilts from sweaters" , or other variations of your own query.
http://funessa.wordpress.com/2007/10/28/recycled-sweater-blanket-part-two/ (I only found part 2 but I'm sure with a bit of looking there is a part1 here someplace)
Hope this helps get you started.
Your question gave me a brilliant picture of a "quilt" made from sweaters! OOOOOO! cozy!!
Try going to a quilt shop with your idea and find a class to join. It could be the start of a wonderful new hobby for you!
At garage sales, I always keep an eye out for turtlenecks. I don't like the way I look in them; rather, what I do is bring them home and snip off the "turtleneck" part, which I then wear as a stretchy headband! Just make sure you cut so that the seam is still attached to the neckline of the shirt. That way, you have a finished edge on what is left, and your new headband stretches nicely. :)
By AlaskanAurora from Dutch Harbor, AK
Leg-warmers are back in style and can easily be made from the sleeves of old sweaters, even sweaters with holes! Just turn the sweater inside-out and cut the seam out at the arm-hole using sharp scissors.
Look at the latest holiday edition of www.threadbanger.com for instructions how to make easy beanies and matching mitten from an old sweater! Kids are always losing theirs, so this would be great for a wintry mom.
How can I recycle old knitted cotton sweaters?
By Loretta from Steep Falls
There are a lot of great ideas on this site alone, and you can also find some great ideas on these sites:
I made an old sweater of mine into a hot water bottle cover! I didn't have a pattern, just snipped off the arms, ballparked the size, and did a quick stitch around. I kept the turtleneck opening of the sweater around the spout of the bottle. Keeps it very warm and cozy!
Enhance your Shabby Chic or vintage decorating with crafts from OLD CROCHETED SWEATERS from the thrift store. These sweaters are often torn or pulled in one area so are not useful as sweaters anymore. I have bought them for between $1-$3 each.
You can decorate using one or two main colors of sweater - like all white or all cream or white and blue, for example. Or you can use many colors throughout.
You can create a romantic wedding with sachets out of white or cream sweaters, napkin rings out of strips of white or cream sweaters tied around rose colored napkins and a silk rose on floral wire, whatever you can think of to add that vintage look!
Using these sweaters has been my favorite crafting ever!
My daughter is 14 years old and very particular about her clothes. Luckily she is happy to shop at thrift stores and is willing to spend her own allowance and money from relatives on clothing she doesn't "need".
I like making them into pillow tops. The sleeves can be bolsters and the backs can be the main front of the pillow. Keep in mind that some pillows are for decoration only, so it's OK to put things like the buttons, any rosettes, embellishments, etc. on them.
Old sweaters are excellent (and beautiful) for recovering throw pillows, or making pillows for the kids to use on the floor while playing video games. Another great use for them is to cut them into huge squares and sew together.
Does anyone know how to make mittens and afghans from old sweaters?
The best way I've found is to take the sweater apart and unravel it into a ball keeping it very loose. I take the arms off first, then find the connecting yarn and open them up. Usually, the thread runs from the wrist to the underarm. I cut off the wrist piece & work from there. Then, detach the neck piece & discard, or save for emergency scrap material, Last, separate the shoulder seams.
The front and back pieces will have a few inches of cut yarn, usually. I trim these, and then pull the pieces until I reach the first row that goes all the way across, and ball from there. If you save each piece in a separate ball and use one arm and front or back first, you will know when you've used half of your material, and be able to gauge how much more you have to work with.
I've found that 2 mens XL sweaters will make a nice sized afghan.
If you shop at thrift stores, (of course, wash first) you can find some wonderful quality yarn for just a few dollars. Sometimes, if the garment in the store is damaged, it sells for pennies, You might also ask the manager if you can buy (by the bag) the sweaters that they don't deem fit for sale. Some will be unusable, but most can at least be used for granny squares. Have fun : )
I use the sleeves of the sweater to make mittens. Trace a mitten shape as big as your hand (or whomever you are creating for) on the inside of the sweater sleeve using the cuff of the sweater as the wrist of the mitten. Cut out the shape, sew along the edges and turn inside right.
do you have to baste felted squares or can you just go ahead and sew them on a machine????