Each year, it’s a good idea to go through your winter clothes and figure out which items you no longer have any need for. Whether they’re too small or full of holes, these are the things we have to say goodbye to in order to keep our closet from turning into a colossal mess. Instead of throwing them away, we’ve tracked down some amazing DIY projects that will bring new life to your old sweaters.
Obviously, donating clothes that no longer fit is always a good option too, but we all have that one special sweater we can’t imagine getting rid of even though we haven’t worn it in years. So, without further ado, check out these 14 crafts and start transforming your old clothes into comfy new accessories.
1. Sweater Quilt
The sweater in this picture cost under $20 dollars to make. How is that possible? All you need are some sweaters from the thrift store in a pattern of colors and a little bit of sewing experience. Toss the sweaters in the dryer so they shrink before you cut them into squares and start sewing. Click here for a tutorial.
2. Knit Cap
Sweaters are great for keeping your body warm, but they don’t really do much to cover your head. Create a warm knit cap with one of your sweaters by measuring your head’s circumference and then cutting out five parts of the sweater that measure 1/5 the circumference. Sew these all together and it’ll be a perfect fit! Click here for a tutorial.
3. Giant Braided Scarf
If sewing isn’t your thing, then this craft is for you. Simply cut a sweater into three long strips, braid them and then decorate it with a pom-pom or whatever else will make it extra cozy. Click here for a tutorial.
4. Throw Pillows
Even when sweaters don’t fit us anymore, they’re still super comfy and should be put to good use. To make your own sweater pillow, cut two large squares out of a sweater and sew them over a throw pillow of your choosing. Click here for a tutorial.
5. Laptop Bag
This one shows off just how versatile sweaters are. This crafty user measured out how much space they needed, cut it out and then got to decorating – it’s that easy! Plus, the armholes make perfect straps or handles. Click here for a tutorial.
6. Flower Vase Sweaters
These are a great way to spruce up a flower display. Slide a sweater sleeve around a vase and trim it so that it fits. Then, feel free to decorate with buttons or felt flowers. Click here for a tutorial.
7. The World’s Softest Slippers
Don’t be discouraged by how nice these look – they’re deceptively easy to make. Just imagine your favorite sweater, but on your feet. You’re welcome. Click here for a tutorial.