If you have a stack of old sweaters that do not fit or went out of style, do not donate all of them. Keep your favorite colors and styles after considering the following ways to repurpose and reuse the material. They might not be good enough to wear, but they can be cut and fashioned into completely new, useful and decorative items. Some are no-sew while others require minimal stitching, but all of them are highly resourceful and extraordinarily creative.
Make Gorgeous Knitted Pillow Covers
You do not have to knit a stitch to make knitted pillow covers. All that you need is an old sweater, a pillow form, a big button and a needle and thread. A sewing machine is not required. Place the pillow form inside of the sweater, and tuck in the neckline. Pull the arms across the back, around the front and over the neck opening to cover it up. Place the end of one sweater arm over the other, and pin them into place. In the meantime, attach a big button to stacked ends and stitch the permanently in place. It will look fantastic and feel as comfy as it did when worn.
Create Easy Mug Cozies
Mug cozies are one of the latest trends in coffee cup decor. Not only do they help to keep the contents warm while protecting the hands, but they also add a stylish personal touch. Cut off the wrists, arms and waistbands from sweaters, and use them to make mug cozies. Bind the raw edges using a sewing machine and matching binding, and connect the two ends using a big button. Yours can look as great as the one in the photo.
Make a Pair of Stylish Boot Cuffs
Legwarmers were in style in the late ’70s and early ’80s. These days boot cuffs are a fashion trend. Repurpose your old sweaters to make stylish boot cuffs. When the ends of the arms are used, a single piece of binding is all that is needed to finish the raw edges of each one. They will add color and style to the tops of the boots while adding an extra measure of warmth.
Create a Cute and Stylish Sweater Bag
If purses are your passion, repurpose and reuse your favorite old sweaters to create unique new bags. Fold up and stitch the waistline to create the bottom of the purse. Knot the arms together to create the strap, and add a button at the neckline to make a simple closure. Surprisingly, it will no longer look at all like a sweater, and it will work to hold everything from small articles of clothing to makeup and beauty supplies.
Source: Advanced Crafting Education and Experience