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41 Super Recycled Sweater Craft Ideas

Updated on March 20, 2018
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Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and kid-friendly craft tutorials.

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 drawings UNDER THE table.

8. Snowmen

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 .

11. Slippers

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 Momentsite 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

18. Hat Mittens, Scarf, Legwarmers and Boot Toppers From Your Old Sweater

19. Mittens

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.

27. Cowl

Can you imagine this beautiful cowl is made using a sleeve from an old sweater? You can make a sweater cowl like this one using the tutorial at Glue and Glitter.

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. Go to StoneGable for the tutorial.

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.

32. Lampshade

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 Mittens

There are times when you need to have your fingers free, even though the weather is cold enough for mittens. See how to make fingerless mittens by going to the whole living site.

35. Pumpkin

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

37. Rompers

Craft Passion has the directions for making the rompers made from an old sweater.

38. Sweater Wrap

Make a really cool wrap from an old sweater by following the directions that you'll find at Glue and Glitter.

39.Winter Headband

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.

41. So Many Crafts to Make

To find other craft ideas, be sure to check out my profile page at lbrummer on HubPages.

© 2013 Loraine Brummer

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    • CarrieM925 profile image

      CarrieM925 4 years ago

      Love these great ideas. Wonderful lens.

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Fabulous craft ideas using sweaters. I have a crafty friend in Wisconsin who makes dozens of pairs of mittens every winter from 'recycled' sweaters (and sells them on Etsy). They are very popular.

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      textbookmommy 5 years ago

      I love all these wonderful ideas! Great lens!

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      johnsonry 5 years ago

      Very nice ideas! I wouldn't ever think of so many ways how to use old sweaters!

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      greytdogz 5 years ago

      Excellent info. Recycling is so important and there are some really good ideas here. Thank you.

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      emmaheath 5 years ago

      The stuffed animals are so cute! I've been looking for ideas for an old cashmere sweater that has holes in it. Just saw Nate Berkus the other day on Rachel Ray, and he was also talking about making pillows out of sweaters. I looked at the Brassy Apple instructions and they're really simple. Thank I'm not much of a seamstress. :)

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      sue826 lm 5 years ago

      Great lense. I believe in recycling and finding uses for discarded items. This lens has some great suggestions.

    • sue826 lm profile image

      sue826 lm 5 years ago

      Great lense. I believe in recycling and finding uses for discarded items. This lens has some great suggestions.