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24 Ways to Reuse Old Sweaters

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24 Ways to Reuse Old Sweaters

Brr! Now that the cold weather’s rolling in, are you taking stock of your sweater collection? If you’ve got a few ill-fitting or out-of-style sweaters in your stash, try some of these fun sweater crafts to make them useful again!

If you don’t have any old sweaters in your closet, try hitting the thrift store or yard sales to find old sweaters for crafting. Something to keep in mind: it’s only upcycling if the main materials in your project have outlived their usefulness in their current form. Sure, you can buy new sweaters to do these projects, but if you’re using a new sweater – even one you found super cheaply on sale – it’s not upcycling. That doesn’t mean it’s not clever, crafty, or valid. It just means it’s not upcycled.

A Note on Felting

Some of these projects call specifically for wool sweaters, because you’ll need to felt them. Synthetic yarns don’t felt very well, so if a project specifies wool, look for a sweater that’s at least 50-60 percent wool. If you need to learn sweater-felting basics, this tutorial from Julie Finn is a great place to start.

OK! So do you have some old sweaters handy? Let’s get crafty! Check out our sweater reuse ideas on the next page!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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9:58AM PST on Jan 27, 2014

Thank You.

7:51PM PST on Dec 31, 2013

the skirt idea is cute

1:23PM PST on Nov 9, 2013

Great ideas,thanks for sharing

5:11AM PST on Nov 8, 2013

thanx love the ideas!

4:55PM PDT on May 1, 2013

Sharing!

10:20AM PST on Mar 9, 2013

clever, clever, clever

10:57PM PST on Mar 6, 2013

thanks

6:43AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

some super amazing ideas!!! thanks. I pinned/shared a few!

8:06PM PST on Jan 14, 2013

wow! so many creative ideas! i never would have thought of half of those things...

9:43PM PST on Jan 9, 2013

Very nice . Thanks

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