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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 might be challenging to let go. The best part is that even if you can’t wear your sweater at all now, you don’t have to give it up! As another alternative, attempt upcycling your sweater into something else with a fun do-it-yourself project. We’ve prepared a set of some basic, creative ways to repurpose old sweaters into things you can use all winter long!

Cozy mittens. Producing a pair of warm winter mittens out of an old sweater is easy and amusing! Just outline your hands in chalk around the bottom edge of a sweater, making the outline approximately 1/4 inch bigger than your hand. Next, cut out the pieces. At last, 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 Parkville home! To design a pillow out of an old sweater, just use 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 insert the pillow inside. After that, stitch the opening shut and add buttons or other decorative components.

Fingerless gloves. Another ideal way to repurpose an old sweater is to use it to craft fingerless gloves! Both trendy and functional, a pair of fingerless gloves can help you stay warm in cold weather while enabling you to type or swipe on your phone. Concentrate on cutting the sleeves off the sweater to any height you prefer. Next, make a hole for your thumbs. That’s it! Charming fingerless gloves you can wear all season!

Boot toppers. One more styling option for upcycling an old sweater is to make some pretty boot toppers. Boot toppers can help keep your legs warm and protect your legs from rough seams or zippers. To make 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 gorgeous craft you can make from an old sweater. You may design your headband as thin or as wide as you desire or make more than one for more options. Concentrate on cutting a strip from the sweater to the proper width, then stitch the ends together to fit your head. Warmth and beauty in a snap!

Pocket hand warmers. One handy tool you can take with you to stay warm in cold weather is a pocket hand warmer. To produce one out of a sweater, cut several squares from a sweater arm or band, turn inside out, and stitch up the sides. Cut a small opening and fill with dried beans, lentils, or pie weights. You can also use buckwheat and dried lavender for a lovely scent. Lastly, close the opening, heat in the microwave, and slide into a pocket for toasty warm fingers!

Smartphone case. The likelihood is that your personal tech gadgets don’t like being cold any more than you do! Protect them and repurpose an old sweater by making 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. For an appealing and functional result, incorporate a button or other embellishment.

Sweater wreath. Upcycled sweaters can be both fashionable 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 create a lovely wreath. With the addition of some stunning ribbon or other decorative touches, you’ll have a wreath you can enjoy all season long – and beyond!


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