The past couple of years I have had this thing with recycling old wool sweaters and making things from them. I just love the feel and look of felted wool and interestingly enough, so does my border collie! My favorite thing to make using the sweaters are mittens and slippers. You can find some fun pattens here in my pattern shop. They are quite easy to make and sew up quickly. You will be hooked once you start sewing these up.
|Instinctively Drawn To the Wool|
In the summer months I like to go to garage sales and I frequent the local thrift stores and second hand stores in search for wool sweaters. It has almost became an obsession.
If you have never been to a thrift store, well here is your opportunity. It is a fun thing to do. My daughter and I go often and usually find some kind of treasure. Look for sweaters that are at least 80% wool. They will shrink down nicely. Prepare your wool sweaters by washing in very hot water. This will shrink and tighten the fibers, making it nice and dense and very warm. Dry the sweaters in the dryer on the hottest setting. You can wash and dry them with a pair of gym shoes or tennis balls to help agitate and tighten the fibers.
How to get the most out of your upcycled sweaters
To get the optimal use out of the sweaters, I like to cut down the side seam and up the one arm hole to the neck. This will allow you to open up the sweater and make it more accessible for cutting. Another thing I like to do is cut off the bottom 4”of the sweaters to use on cuffs. After cutting out the slippers or mittens, don’t throw those little pieces away. I don’t throw away any scrap pieces unless they are really small.