50 Super Recycled Sweater Craft Ideas
Did you realize that you can make amazing sweater crafts from old sweaters? One thing you have to say for sweaters, they seem to last forever. If you have a sweater that you aren't particularly fond of, or one that you hate to get rid of it because "it's like new," you can make something new and amazing from it.
This article is about craft ideas using old sweaters. I have some of those sort of sweaters, and it led me to wonder if there were any ideas out on the web for making crafts from old sweaters. I know how inventive crafters can be, so I wasn't surprised to find easy and fun projects being made using old sweaters. What did surprise me was how these crafters willingly share, not only a picture of what they made, but also directions and patterns.
In this article you'll find, what I consider, some of the best crafts made using old sweaters.
For the instructions to make the cute baby caps shown above, go to Make It & Love It.
1. Fall Garland
Make a beautiful Fall garland using wool sweaters that you have washed and dried with hot water and high dryer heat. This felts your sweater so it is easy to cut and keep the leaf shapes. All the directions for making this garland are found at Her Tool Belt .
2. Cowl Scarves
An easy to make cowl scarf is the perfect way to use an old sweater. See how to make one by checking the directions at Madigan made.
3. Neck Pillow
A neck pillow is a great gift for almost anyone and for any occasion. Whether you are using the neck pillow in the car or when traveling by plane, it is an item that will really be used. Find the easy to follow tutorial for making a neck pillow using an old sweater, at thriftyfun.
4. Tabletop Christmas Trees
I love table top Christmas trees and see many of them that would be suitable to display any time of the year. This recycled sweater project is found at favecrafts, where you'll find the tutorial.
5. Colorful Pillows
You can never have too many pillows,either on a bed or on a couch or chair. These beautiful recycled sweater pillows will be great anywhere you display them The tutorial for making these colorful pillows is found at Inhabitant.
6. Santa Ornament
I'm a Santa collector, so this is a sweater re-do that really catches my fancy. The tutorial for making this Santa ornament is found at just crafty enough. Imagine how many ornaments could be made from just one sweater.
7. Slipper Boots
Talk about a useful, as well as attractive use for old sweaters and you'll come up with this project. Teenagers could make these and give them as gifts. A boyfriend, or a girlfriend, will enjoy these slipper boots. You'll find the tutorial at Home Sweet Soul.
It's never too soon to start making Christmas gifts and decorations. You'll get lots of nice comments about snowmen made from old sweaters. This is an easy project when following the instructions at DIY Beautify.
9. Sweater Ornament
I think a tree full of these cute sweater ornaments, made from old sweaters, is a fantastic idea. You might even make some of these and some of the Santas shown earlier in this article. The Restyled Junk site is where you'll find the tutorial.
10. Sweater Sleeve Snowman
Here is another cute sweater recycled snowman project. Very cute and so very easy to make. Find the tutorial at High Heels and a Hammer .
Make little slippers for all the little kids in the family, they'll love wearing them. The nice, and useful, way to use old sweaters has instructions on the Collecting the Moments site.
12. iPod Cozy
Make an iPod cozy for yourself and for your friends using the instructions shown at house wren studio.
13. Snuggly Slippers
Keep your toes toasty warm in these snuggly slippers. You'll find the instructions at craftystylish.
14. Ear Warmer
A stylish little addition to your wardrobe. You'll find the instructions to twelve crafts till Christmas.
15. Head Wrap
This very attractive headwrap is made using a recycled sweater. What a great way to use a sweater that doesn't fit right, but is a color and texture you love. Go to Ruffles & Stuff for the easy to follow instructions.
16. Cowl Scarf
This cowl scarf project actually goes along with the headband project shown above. To make this attractive cowl scarf to wear with the headband, find the tutorial at Ruffles & Stuff .
17. Sweater Trees
Imagine all the ways you can use these little trees in your Christmas décor. They are made by covering cardboard with recycled sweaters. Find the tutorial for this unique craft at Find it Make it Love it.com.
18. Hat Mittens, Scarf, Legwarmers and Boot Toppers From Your Old Sweater
Make extra pairs of mittens for the kids so they always have dry ones when they play in the snow. Go to Good Home Design to see how to make them.
20. Sweater Trees
A nice, unique look made easily with old sweaters. Pocket Full of Pink has the instructions.
21. Sweater Boots
This is an outstanding project. You'll find the step-by-step instructions at instructables.
22. Cozy Throw
Throws are a great idea for graduation gifts, Christmas gifts, birthdays and anniversary gifts. Woman’s Day is the place to go for the directions.
23. Cute Storage Box
I love the looks of this storage box. To make one like these go to Hometalk.
24. Easy Vase Covers
Add pizzazz to plain vases with sweater covers. Find the directions at Stephanie Lynn.
25. Easy Boot Cuffs
26. Stuffed Animals
Some sweaters just beg to be made into stuffed animals. Martha Stewart will show you how to make them.
Can you imagine this beautiful scarflette is made from an old sweater? Impressive!
28. Sweater Dress
Isn't this little girl's sweater dress just too cute for words? Quick and easy directions can be found at Make It & Love It.
29. Sweater Pumpkins
I love when I can make a craft using something that I would normally toss. These pumpkins are a perfect example of finding a completely new use for an old sweater.
30. Cat Bed
Make a warm and cozy bed for your favorite cat. You'll find the instructions at wikiHow.
31. Dog Sweater
And don't forget your doggy friends. You're puppy will love a cute sweater like this. Find the instructions at craftstylish.
When you find the right texture and color, make this beautiful lampshade to enhance your lamp. The easy to follow directions can be found at Unskinny BOPPY.
33. Sweater Cap
I think this is a really attractive sweater cap. You'll find the directions at at Second street.
34. Fingerless Gloves
There are times when you need to have your fingers free, even though the weather is cold enough for mittens. These fingerless gloves are easy and quick to make.
Another version of a pumpkin to make using an old sweater. This one has a shabby chic look that many people love. Follow the instructions at SEWING barefoot to make the pumpkin.
36. Turn an Old Sweater Into a Slouchy Hat
Craft Passion has the directions for making the rompers made from an old sweater.
38. Sweater Cloche and Sweater Knit Sewing Tips
Did you know you could make a really cool cloche from an old sweater? Also you get tips for sewing sweater knits.
This simple headband could be easily made using an old sweater. Find the directions at HANNAH TYLER.
40. Sweater to Vest
Your little fellow will love wearing a sweater that is made from Dad's old sweater. Find the instructions for this project at Made Everyday.
41. Laptop Cover
Protect your laptop with this useful old sweater project. Find the tutorial at Artsy Ants.
42. Christmas Stockings
Make a trip to a Goodwill store to stock up on inexpensive sweaters to make everyone in the family a beautiful Christmas stocking.
43. Potluck Dish Cosy
This potluck dish cosy is perfect for keeping your food warm when taking it to a party.
44. Baby Booties
Upcycling becomes more fun when you make sweater baby booties as gifts for a new mom and baby.
45. Sweater Bunny Softie
Whether this little bunny softie is given as a child's toy or used as an Easter decoration, it is the most adorable sweater bunny you'll find.
46. Jingle Star and How to Felt Wool Sweater Tips
This is a project that I can't wait to make. I love the vintage look of this wool sweater jingle star. Information includes how to felt wool sweaters and three other projects.
47. Sweet Hat and Mitten Set
Isn't this just the cutest little hat and mitten set? It's hard to believe it was once a nondescript sweater.
48. Kitty Pillow
For all the many cat lovers in your world, make them cute and cuddlykitty pillows.
49. Pet Toy
If you are tired of buying pet toys, consider recycling an old sweater, or two, into a pet toy. Your puppy will love you.
50. Sweater Candle Holders
This is certainly an impressive modern fall centerpiece. I love the simplicity and elegance of the sweater candle holders which make up the centerpiece.
© 2013 Loraine Brummer