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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 agonizing to let go. The good news is, even if you can’t wear your sweater anymore, you don’t need to give it up! Instead, consider upcycling your sweater into something else with a fun do-it-yourself project. We have produced a list of simple, 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 simple and exciting! Just outline your hands in chalk around the bottom edge of a sweater, making the outline roughly 1/4 inch bigger than your hand. Afterward, cut out the pieces. At that point, turn the pieces inside out and sew them together, leaving the bottom edge open. Flip your new mittens right side out and have fun!

Decorative pillow. Nothing says comfy like a sweater-covered decorative pillow for your Lubbock home! To produce a pillow from an old sweater, simply use a pillow for reference and cut the sweater to size. At that point, turn the pieces inside out and sew them together, leaving enough room on one side to slide the pillow inside. Next, stitch the opening shut and add buttons or other patterned pieces.

Fingerless gloves. Another fantastic 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 winter weather while allowing you to type or swipe on your phone. Begin by cutting the sleeves off the sweater to any height you like. After that, cut a hole for your thumbs. That’s it! Lovely fingerless gloves you can wear all season!

Boot toppers. One more styling option for upcycling an old sweater is to sew some pretty boot toppers. Boot toppers can help keep your legs warm and protect your legs from rough seams or zippers. To manufacture 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 one more simple and charming craft you can produce from an old sweater. You may modify your headband as thin or as wide as you want or make more than one for more options. Start by cutting a strip from the sweater in your desired width, then stitch the ends together to fit your head. Instant warmth and flair!

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

Smartphone case. The stakes are that your personal tech gadgets don’t like being cold any more than you do! Protect them and repurpose an old sweater at the same time by fashioning 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 pretty and functional result!

Sweater wreath. Upcycled sweaters can be both lovely and functional when you produce a fun sweater wreath for your home. Using a foam or other wreath form, cut and sew your old sweater around the form to create an adorable wreath. Place some lovely ribbon or other finishing touches, and you’ll get a wreath you can enjoy all season long – and beyond!

 

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