10 Clever Ways to Reuse All Your Old Wool Sweaters

published Oct 18, 2018
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The first whiff of colder weather makes you dream excitedly about boots and cozy sweater outfits. As you run to the closet to dig out your sweaters, you find… moth holes? Don’t throw out those old sweaters though. Sweaters make perfect upcycle material and can be transformed into a myriad of useful (and cute) DIYs. Check out our favorites below.

Teapot cozies keep your tea of choice warm as you settle in for a snug night. Reinforce any holes you create for the spout and handle to keep the sweater from unraveling in the wash.

Turn a cuddly knit into an equally cuddly pillow. Cami shares how she gets crisp edges for her sweater upcycle project so you can make your own couch statement.

Dog friends get cold too. Make sure your pup can comfortably enjoy the winter weather in a dashing little number.

It’s almost that time to start bringing your plants inside. Caitlin knit these planter covers, but you could easily repurpose a sweater cuff by pulling it over your pots for the same look.

Wool dryer balls are an eco-friendly way to cut down static and dry time. Felt an old wool sweater like Patti, or for a less intensive route, tightly wrap a swath of old sweater like Karen.

Make those staple leather boots actually warm and cozy with DIY sweater sleeve leg warmers.

Ever have sweaters that were so cuddly, you wished you could be completely wrapped in them? Save those from the trash bin and stitch them together for a patchwork quilt.

The bottom hem of a sweater gets a second life as a hat brim. Jennifer lays out how to turn one sweater into matching hat, scarf, and gloves set on her blog.

How cute are these recycled sweater bears? This makes a thoughtful gift for a child who’s outgrown their favorite pull-over.

Store-bought sweater stockings can easily go for $30+. Make yours instead using just two matching pieces and one simple stitch.