Recycled Sweater Fun – 100+ Ways to reuse your old sweaters!

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42 Responses

  1. tee hee am using old sweaters in an embroidery design…right now…literally!!! hugs Ems x

  2. what great ideas!! Can’t wait to see what you end up doing..makes me wish I had some old sweaters to play with..LOL great post.. Hope you add/follow me on my blog so I can get updates on your sweater adventure!!

  3. Came by your blog via another…funny to know we are in the same place. Not only am I doing the clearing away of things not used or needed (we as artists tend to collect, don’t we?) I’ve recently thought again about recycling sweaters and have ‘wish listed’ a few of the books you found. Looking forward to seeing what you create!

  4. no new suggestions but just wanted to comment bout the flickr links – thank YOU. I especially love all things felted. I’m getting excited about the wool sweaters I have acquired over the years.
    also wanted to say how much I appreciate the energy and, especially, ways you use it, of the ocd and other issues with which you live. yay, Chrysti.

  5. I too wish I had some old sweaters to recycle. I have never been a sweater girl…loose tops is what I prefer. But I definitely would love to see your creations. As for the cleaning bug. I wish I had it right now. I have company coming and my art projects are soon to take over the world!! Yikes!!

  6. Old wool sweaters make great felted patchwork pillows! When I was teaching art at the little private school, we took old wool sweaters and felted them (machine wash, hot water) and then cut them into squares and made patchwork pillows out of them. They were too cute!

  7. First of all, that is a gorgeous sweater! Just my style. Secondly, WOW! Thanks for the treasure trove of resources! And finally, I wish I’d get hit with one of those bugs so I could follow through on something to completion.

  8. Great brainstorming… I sometimes recycle them in the conventional way, that is give them to those in need. I have also cut them up to use as floor shiners (when I wax my wooden floors) and pieces of used sweater are a must if you are applying wax to your walls, which I did as well, a special wax mixed with paint. I have also used old sweaters for my cat, to keep it warm in the winter. They love old sweaters… though I did not make a sophisticated house with them.

    I love the idea of getting mileage out of clothes we no longer need, and as I was packing up a bag of shirts my sons both wore, I thought to myself, maybe instead of giving these away I should use them in a collage or some other art work, so thanks for getting us started! You always have great ideas!

  9. Great ideas-every single one.I am planning a mad dash thru our local Goodwill(Thrift Store) and grab a few sweaters just to try out some of these ideas…I get a gift and give gifts…My old mama cat is losing fur but now she can stay warm with a cut-off sleeve which I will whip stitch or something simple and the most fun of all will be putting it on her…LoL…Wishing All A Very Joy-filled Season!!!

  10. I came across your blog because I’m trying to figure out how to turn an old cashmere sweater into a jumper for my daughter…I’m looking for a tutorial…any ideas???

  11. wow…all this time I’ve been in arts/crafts and I didn’t know about felting??? Goota make something! Thanks Chrysti :)

  12. I have a blog chock full of great recycled wool projects :)

  13. I also have a shop where I sell wool sweaters for felting (Resweater) for those of you having a hard time finding wool sweaters.

  14. Just found this and am so excited to try a ton of projects!

  15. A great resource, thanks! And if you’ve come across some old dishes you can’t part with, why not use them for some great mosaic projects?
    Take a look at for simple yet lovely mosaic projects all week.

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  17. Love it! I have been buying used wool sweaters felted and not yet gelted for projects….must start project…..
    Thank you for the inspiration.

  18. […] then I came across this blog that contains a huge list of things to make.  Oh boy, it may take awhile! Possibly related posts: […]

  19. Warning warning: I made a gorgeous blanket out of felted sweaters, only to find that our dogs’ hair became permanently embedded in it (yes, we let them on the bed), so now it is relegated to the guest bed. Best to make a blanket that matches your dog or cat. Now working on a jacket for next winter.

  20. Thank you so much for the inspiration! I, too have been doing the closet cleaning craziness thing. I have recently heard that much of what is donated to second hand stores just goes into landfills, so now I don’t want to part with my old sweaters! (or other clothes for that matter!)

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  22. […] can also be liberated from old clothes and sheets. Art quilts, re-purposing old tee shirts and sweaters, even fabric scraps can be made into something […]

  23. I used the front of a really old sweater of mine that said SKATER on it and made it into a pillow : )

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