15 Creative Ways to Upcycle Old Sweaters


Wondering what to do with the stacks of old sweaters hanging out in your closet? Don’t throw them away, upcycle them into gorgeous home decor and clothing refashions. Here are 15 creative ways to upcycle sweaters that I know you’ll love! {squeal}

These upcycled sweater crafts include pillows, lampshade cover, vase cozies, earmuffs, scarf, slippers, mittens, sweater refashions, and so much more.

15 Creative Ways to Upcycle Old Sweaters

The women I’m featuring today know their way around a sewing machine! You won’t believe their mad skillz and the cool stuff they’ve made.

Upcycle Sweaters

15. Re-purposed Sweater Pillows.


Use old sweaters from the Thrift store to make these gorgeous wool pillows. This project looks great in the home or as a gift! Find the tutorial here.

14. Old Sweater Vase Cozies.

Thrifty & Chic
Before you donate your old sweaters you might want to take a look at this post! Repurpose old sweaters as cozy vase covers. It’s a simple yet stylish way to dress up plain vases. Find the tutorial here.

13. DIY Sweater Pouf.

Thoughts from Alice
This sweater pouf looks amazing and could be the perfect addition to your play room, family room or living room! Since sweaters are so stretchy it works perfectly for making an ottoman. Get the full tutorial here.

12. Cover a Lampshade with an Old Sweater.

Inspired by Family

Look at this beautiful upcycled sweater lampshade!  It’’s another great project for using an old sweater. Only two supplies are necessary, an old sweater and a lampshade. Slide it over a lampshade for Fall and remove it for Spring. Find the tutorial here.

11. Old Box Covered with Sweater.

Upcycle old sweaters and boxes into decorative storage boxes. It’s an easy afternoon project. Find the tutorial here.

DIY Upcycling Sweaters

10. DIY Slipper Boots from an Old Sweater.

Home Sweet Soul


You can make these fabulous boot style slippers at home from an old sweater. Not only are they chic they’ll keep your feet warm and comfy. See the instructions here.

9. DIY Boot Socks.

Modest Mama


Get the look of socks with the chunky sweater look at the top, without all the bulk around your toes at the bottom! Smart, right? Plus, these are so easy to make. Grab your old sweater and head on over to see how to make them!!

8.  From a Sweater to Mittens.


This sweater repurpose idea is so cleaver! By taking that old, unwanted sweater you can easily create warm and cozy mittens to help keep you warm this winter! All you need is the sweater, scissors, a sewing machine, and this tutorial.

7. Handmade Earmuffs from an Old Sweater.

Her Tool Belt


Use an old sweater to make earmuffs. They’re perfect for keeping your ears warm this winter season. See here for detailed instructions.

6. How to Make a Hat from an Old Sweater.



Using this free pattern from Wellnesting, you can turn your old sweater into a fashionable new hat for your little one.  Make your worn out clothing go from drab to fab! Find the instructions here.

5. Braided Sweater Scarf.

Larissa Another Day


See how Larissa turned her old maternity sweater into this darling scarf. Find out more here.

Recycle Sweaters into New Clothes

4. How to Make a New Dress from an Old Sweater.

Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom


This post is great for all you mom’s out there with a daughter! Who knew you could take one of your old, unwanted sweaters and turn it into an adorable dress for your little girl!? With this post you can! Find the tutorial here.

3. Pencil Skirt from a Sweater.

It's Always Autumn


One of the simplest tutorials to refashion a sweater. Bye bye sleeves and neckline, hello pencil skirt. Tutorial here.

2. Sweater to Cardigan Refashion.

Mabey She Made It


Easily refashion a sweater into a cardigan sweater. It’s a simple tutorial that even a beginner can do. Find the full tutorial here.

What to do with Wool Sweaters

1. How to Make a Recycled Sweater Blanket with Denim Trim.

Pillar Box Blue


Everyone will love to snuggle up in this recycled wool sweater blanket. This is the perfect gift to keep friends and family warm and cozy this winter. Find the tutorial here.

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