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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 not be easy to let go. Luckily, even if you can’t wear your sweater any longer, you don’t need to give it up! In its place, consider upcycling your sweater into something else with a fun do-it-yourself project. We’ve created some simple, creative ways to repurpose old sweaters into things you can use all winter long!

Cozy mittens. Creating a pair of warm winter mittens out of an old sweater is interesting and pleasant! You just need to outline your hands in chalk around the bottom edge of a sweater, which makes the outline around 1/4 inch bigger than your hand. Afterward, cut out the pieces. To finish off, 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 Baxter home! To build a pillow out of an old sweater, you need a pillow for reference and cut the sweater to size. Next, turn the pieces inside out and sew them together, leaving enough room on one side to slide the pillow inside. Then stitch the opening shut and add buttons or other bits.

Fingerless gloves. One more fantastic way to repurpose an old sweater is to use it to craft fingerless gloves! Both elegant and functional, a pair of fingerless gloves can help you stay warm in icy weather while allowing you to type or swipe on your phone. Proceed by cutting the sleeves off the sweater to any height you like. Then, make a hole for your thumbs. Beautiful fingerless gloves you will be able to enjoy in every season!

Boot toppers. Another styling option for upcycling an old sweater is to build some pretty boot toppers. Boot toppers may aid in keeping your legs warm and protect your legs from rough seams or zippers. To produce 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 another fast and lovely craft you can make from an old sweater. You may form your headband as thin or as wide as you desire or produce more than one for more options. Begin by cutting a strip from the sweater in your preferred width, then stitch the ends together to fit your head. Quick warmth and beauty!

Pocket hand warmers. Another helpful item 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. Create a small opening and fill with dried beans, lentils, or pie weights. You may likewise include buckwheat and dried lavender for a great aroma. After that, close the opening, heat in the microwave, and slide into a pocket for toasty warm fingers!

Smartphone case. The odds 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 creating 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 decorations for a brilliant and functional result!

Sweater wreath. Upcycled sweaters can be appealing 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 gorgeous wreath. Combine some beautiful ribbon or other stylistic layouts, and you will have a wreath you can enjoy all season long – and beyond!

 

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