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Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle: Ideas for Your Old Sweaters

A Cozy Pillow Made from a Red SweaterWhen the time comes to say goodbye to your favorite old sweater, it may be too difficult to let go. The best part is that even if you can’t wear your sweater any longer, you don’t have to give it up! As an alternative, think about upcycling your sweater into something else with a fun do-it-yourself project. We’ve compiled some quick, creative ways to repurpose old sweaters into things you can use all winter long!

Cozy mittens. Making a pair of warm winter mittens from an old sweater is simple and enjoyable! Simply outline your hands in chalk around the bottom edge of a sweater, giving the outline approximately 1/4 inch bigger than your hand. Then, cut out the pieces. After that, turn the pieces inside out and sew them together, leaving the bottom edge open. Flip your new mittens right side out and enjoy!

Decorative pillow. Nothing says comfy like a sweater-covered decorative pillow for your Newington home! To make a pillow out of an old sweater, simply utilize a pillow for reference and cut the sweater to size. After that, turn the pieces inside out and sew them together, leaving enough room on one side to fit the pillow inside. Then stitch the opening shut and add buttons or other finishing touches.

Fingerless gloves. One more excellent way to repurpose an old sweater is to use it to craft fingerless gloves! Both elegant and functional, a pair of fingerless gloves can help you stay warm in chilly weather while enabling you to type or swipe on your phone. Begin by cutting the sleeves off the sweater to any height you prefer. After that, create a hole for your thumbs. That’s it! Lovely fingerless gloves you can use all season!

Boot toppers. Another styling option for upcycling an old sweater is to create some pretty boot toppers. Boot toppers may assist keep your legs warm and protect your legs from rough seams or zippers. To create boot toppers, simply cut the upper sleeve off an old sweater long enough to fit your calf and then fold the extra material over the top of your boot.

Headband. A headband is another easy and delightful craft you can produce from an old sweater. You may create your headband as thin or as wide as you desire or make more than one for more options. Begin by cutting a strip from the sweater in your preferred width, then stitch the ends together to fit your head. Instant comfort and beauty!

Pocket hand warmers. One useful thing you can take with you to stay warm in cold weather is a pocket hand warmer. To create one out of a sweater, cut several squares from a sweater arm or band, turn inside out, and stitch up the sides. Make a tiny opening and fill with dried beans, lentils, or pie weights. You can also include buckwheat and dried lavender for a wonderful aroma. Then, close the opening, heat in the microwave, and slide into a pocket for toasty warm fingers!

Smartphone case. The odds are that your personal tech gadgets don’t like being cold any more than you do! Protect them and repurpose an old sweater by crafting a simple smartphone or tablet case. Trace your tech device with chalk on the sweater, then turn inside out and sew, leaving one edge open. Put a button or other decoration for a gorgeous and functional result!

Sweater wreath. Upcycled sweaters can be attractive and functional when you make a fun sweater wreath for your house. Using a foam or other wreath form, cut and sew your old sweater around the form to make an attractive wreath. Place some lovely ribbon or other decorative items, and you will have a wreath you can enjoy all season long – and beyond!


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