Crafts Sewing

New Life for Old Sweaters

June 2, 2010

One of the bad things about having pets is that sometimes the little angels enjoy chewing up your belongings. One of my cats decided to chew a hole through a nice sweater– one that was so big it was impossible to repair without looking like a ragamuffin. Rather than throw items like this away, however, you can keep the fabric and make them into something else. I made my sweater into a little librarian-inspired pillow. It’s incredibly simple and lets you keep enjoying your favorite now-defunct items of clothing.

A pillow is only one way to make use of old knits, however, and with a little creativity you can use your wooly items to make a variety of household items. This post on 100+ Ways to Reuse Your Old Sweaters is an excellent place to start looking for project ideas.

Here are a few photos to inspire you to hang on to those less than perfect sweaters to make them into something else.

Sweater not working out for you to wear? Hand it down to your doggie! Photo from Resweater

Felted wool makes a great coin pouch with a little embellishment. Photo from Sesame Seed Designs

This old sweater found new life as a super stylish purse. Photo from Sassy Crafter

Hard to believe this owl used to be a sweater! Photo from Squishyfish Creations

Combine a few different sweaters and make  a cute plush pear. Photo from Whimsy Wire and Wool

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  • Reply Auntie Chris Quilt Fabric January 20, 2012 at 6:57 am

    What great ideas!!That pooch is adorable!

  • Reply Mariann Harrison February 7, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Does anyone have a pattern on how to make shoes for young children out of sweaters. How do you cut a pattern and it not ravel?

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