Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Wool Sweater-Repurposing

I have to be honest, I am ready for Spring. As I am writing this the snow is blowing and the wind is howling. The wood stove has been giving us trouble this week so the house isn't the warmest. Today is definitely a sweater day. We have plenty to choose from.



Most of the sweaters around here are wool sweaters that have been picked up at thrift stores for the idea of repurposing.  Mike and the girls always end up claiming them as soon as I bring them in the house. Truth be told, I am just as guilty, I have two that I claimed this winter. Nothing is as warm as a wool sweater when you have a chill and there's no sense in leaving them sitting  in a craft tote.

The first project I attempted was a wool bag. It is a fun, easy, project. There are a lot of tutorials for making wool bags.  The one I used is very simple!

Felted Bag

I use it as a library bag.




Mittens, stockings, blankets....the list goes on and on.

I have a blanket that I would love to do if I can only gather up enough sweaters to do it...





(inspiration)
Found on Pinterest



What projects are you working on?



15 comments:

  1. I love your sweater projects! I have an already-shrunken wool sweater that I plan on making chore boot inserts out of but haven't yet. And I also found an sweater recycle project on Pinterest I like: http://pinterest.com/pin/36169603227080970/. I'll have to pin yours too - I like the smaller squares! :)

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    1. The boot inserts are a great idea!
      I love the blanket, pinned it~

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  2. I love your library bag - very cute!

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    1. Teri, Thank you...glad you stopped by

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  3. Oh I love the library bag and I really LOVE the blanket. I have the same problem with trying to use old sweaters we always wear them. They are getting very hard to find in the thrift stores now. I think everyone knows the secrets of wool:) B

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    1. I think you are right. I have several friends who shop for them now. Thankfully I still can find them now and again.

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  4. Hi Sandra I just had to tell you I went to a thrift store today and bought 4 wool and two merino wool sweaters for $5 for a bag full today what a great buy. I wonder if I will get to make a blanket out of them they sure are pretty. I am wearing the merino wool one made in Italy.
    By the way Muck Boots Company stood by their boots and are mailing me a new pair so if you want to get a pair they are great. B

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    1. Wow, that is a GREAT deal!!! I love finds like that :)
      Thanks for letting me know about the boots. I have been looking for a good barn boot and heard that Muck was a good brand. Nice to know they back their product.
      Have fun with the sweaters. If you get a chance to make a blanket I would love to see it. :)

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  5. I love the blanket and the tote you made. Both of them are beautiful. Do post your own blanket when you get it done - please! :)

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    1. Thanks Laura,
      I found three more sweaters today to add to the ever growing pile. I think I have enough to start cutting squares.

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  6. Lovely bag, and what a great idea to get wool sweaters from thrift stores! Where have I been? LOL
    Thanks so much for sharing this at Farm Girl Blog Fest #21!
    ~Kristi@Let This Mind Be in You

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    1. Thank you for visiting and for hosting the Blog Hop. I am glad I found it!

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  7. I love the blanket especially and probably have enough wool sweaters to make one but I can't help myself, they're WOOL sweaters and I might need to wear one or two out to do chores in the winter... Maybe this year is the year to reduce the closet clutter the many sweaters create and just do it !I am thinking a wool blanket would be very nice.

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    1. My sweaters get confiscated all the time :) Still saving up enough to make a large blanket.

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  8. I love your ideas. Thanks for sharing on the HomeAcre Hop. Please come back and see us this week: http://everythinghomewithcarol.com/the-self-sufficient-homemaker-hop-3/

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