How to Repurpose Wool Sweaters
by Nikki Willhite
Repurposing, recycling and living green are presently very
popular words. Repurposing items use to be done because of
financial necessity. Now it is done by choice.
It is now considered a valuable and admired skill to be able to
Sometimes it is very easy to repurpose items. Wool sweaters are
Unless you live in a very warm climate, you will either have old
wool sweaters in your closet, or they will be readily available
at thrift stores and garage sales.
Sweaters are often given away because they get holes in them, or
have stretched out of shape.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE WAYS YOU CAN REPURPOSE THESE WOOL SWEATERS
- If the yarn is bulky, you can pull it off the sweater, roll it
into a ball and use it to knit or crochet another item.
- You can felt the wool to make hats and mittens. When you wash
wool it shrinks and becomes dense. This means you can cut
shapes, and it won't ravel.
To make a pair of mittens, make a
pattern by drawing around the fingers and thumb.
Place the pattern on top of 2 layers of sweater fabric, pinned
together. Be sure the top of the mittens is
placed on the ribbing from the sweater.
Sew the wool pieces together by sewing around the pattern, and
then cut on the outside of the sewing line with a scant 1/4 inch
allowance. Turn right side out, and you have your mittens.
- Trace around the bottom of your boots, and make some liners for the inside
of your boots.
- Cut the wool into large squares, and use it to make quilts. I am presently making a mixed-media quilt with 6-inch squares made from
different fabrics. I'm using up some old yarn to knit some of
the squares (which I will attach to fabric for stability), and
some of the squares will be from corduroy, and other fabrics with
It is like a crazy quilt, but uniform in patch size and without
all the ornamentation. The different fabrics, colors and
textures will make it interesting. Using wool fabric will add to
the warmth of the quilt.
- If you like making Christmas stockings, you can use it for the body of the
stocking, or take advantage of the ribbing on a sweater by using a piece
at the top of the stocking, either going up or folded over.
- You can make lots of small projects with felted fabric. The fabric will
not ravel, so it is easy to make items with buttons as all you have to do
is make a slit in the felted wool for the buttonhole. You can make all kinds
of small bags, carriers for cell phones and mp3 players, as well as holders
for eye glasses.
- Attach some batting to the back, and make covers
for your hangers to protect your clothing.
- Cut wool felt appliqués for other fabric projects.
Wool is a great fabric. Have some fun with it and save some money.
About the Author: Nikki Willhite,
mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing
articles on the topic of
frugal living for over a
decade. Visit her at
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