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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 could be too difficult to let go. Thank goodness, even if you can’t wear your sweater anymore, you don’t need to give it up! As a replacement, you try upcycling your sweater into something else with a fun do-it-yourself project. We’ve accumulated some simple, creative ways to repurpose old sweaters into things you can use all winter long!

Cozy mittens. Creating a pair of warm winter mittens out of an old sweater is plain and fun! Essentially, outline your hands in chalk around the bottom edge of a sweater, making the outline around 1/4 inch bigger than your hand. Then, cut out the pieces. Finally, 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 Hayward home! To generate a pillow out of an old sweater, you need a pillow for reference and cut the sweater to size. At that stage, turn the pieces inside out and sew them together, leaving enough room on one side to slide the pillow inside. Then stitch the opening shut and add buttons or other ornamental elements.

Fingerless gloves. One more unbelievable way to repurpose an old sweater is to use it to craft fingerless gloves! Both stylish and functional, a pair of fingerless gloves can help you stay warm in icy weather while allowing you to type or swipe on your phone. Start off by cutting the sleeves off the sweater to any height you need. After that, create a hole for your thumbs. That’s it! Adorable fingerless gloves you can use in every season!

Boot toppers. One more styling option for upcycling an old sweater is to craft some pretty boot toppers. Boot toppers can assist with keeping your legs warm and protect your legs from rough seams or zippers. To make boot toppers, just 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 quick and elegant craft you can produce from an old sweater. You can shape your headband as thin or as wide as you prefer or produce more than one for more options. Start by cutting a strip from the sweater in your ideal width, then stitch the ends together to fit your head. Instant warmth and beauty!

Pocket hand warmers. One useful item 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. Get to a tiny opening and fill with dried beans, lentils, or pie weights. You may also use buckwheat and dried lavender for a wonderful scent. Following that, close the opening, heat in the microwave, and slide into a pocket for toasty warm fingers!

Smartphone case. The probabilities are that your personal tech gadgets don’t like being cold any more than you do! Protect them and repurpose an old sweater simultaneously 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. Place a button or other decorations for a wonderful and functional result!

Sweater wreath. Upcycled sweaters can be stunning and functional when you make a fun sweater wreath for your household. Using a foam or other wreath form, cut and sew your old sweater around the form to produce a gorgeous wreath. Include some pretty ribbon or other embellishing decors, and you will have a wreath you can enjoy all season long – and beyond!


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