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10 clever ways to reuse wool sweaters

Every household creates trash, whether you aren’t that preoccupied with your garbage or are trying to live a zero waste lifestyle. One thing we can all agree on is that less trash is better, for ourselves and the environment. But some trash is just hard to avoid. To put this trash to good use, I will share tips to reuse this trash in a lot of different ways in and around the house. Glass jars, plastic bottles, veggie scraps, old jeans; everything can be used again if you look at it in a different way. Today I will share 10 clever ways to reuse wool sweaters. Wool is an incredibly durable material and even if your sweater shrunk in the laundry, isn’t in style anymore or simply doesn’t fit you like it used to, you can still use the sweater or the wool for all kinds of purposes. 

#1 Mittens


An old wool sweater can be made into a lot of different things. One of the most commonly seen upcycle projects for wool sweaters is a pair of wool mittens. You can find a tutorial on The Balance.

#2 Blanket


If you have multiple wool sweaters that you aren’t wearing anymore, you can make a fantastic warm blanket out of them. You can either unravel the sweaters and reuse the yarn, or you can make the sweaters into a patchwork blanket. There are a lot of great ideas on Pinterest.

#3 Wool Bag

wool bag

An old wool sweater can make a great bag or purse. You can go for a patchwork bag, but you can also create something entirely different. You can find a great tutorial on Not Dabbling in Normal, but again: search Google and Pinterest for some more great ideas.

#4 Wool Pillows

wool sweater

An old sweater can make a great cover for a pillow. You can make a cute sweater pillow in less than 30 minutes if you follow the instructions on Miss KopyKat.

#5 Wool Vase Covers


If you choose to make the wool pillow from the previous suggestion, you will probably end up with some sleeves from the sweater that you didn’t use. Miss KopyKat has a great purpose for those too. You can actually make vase covers out of them!

#6 Wool Slippers


Old sweaters can also keep your feet warm! Just use the tutorial on Instructables to make comfy wool slippers for yourself and you will be warm all winter!

#7 Wool Scarf


With this tutorial on YouTube you can make yourself a warm and cozy scarf from an old wool sweater. If you use one big sweater, you can probably make this scarf and the mittens (and maybe even a hat) from just one sweater to make them match.

#8 Leggings


Keeping your kids warm during a tough winter is extremely important. Wool leggings are great to have in abundance because you can combine them with pretty much anything and they can also be worn under an outfit. With this tutorial from Make It & Love It you can learn how to make leggings yourself from an old sweater.

#9 Stuffed Animals and Toys


With a bit of handiness you can turn an old wool sweater into the cutest toys and stuffed animals. You could, for instance, make this adorable teddybear yourself, but Pinterest is full of inspiration.

#10 Unravel and Reuse

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If you have no real use for the wool sweater at this moment, you could always unravel the sweater and keep the yarn for a later time. Wool is valuable and durable and will be just as useful in the future as it is now. Just keep it somewhere until you stumble upon a great project.

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