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!