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danyel
True Blue Farmgirl

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Danyel
Robertsdale PA
USA
315 Posts

Posted - Jan 27 2014 :  12:01:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am interested in making items from recycled wool sweaters. My daughters received beautiful hand made gloves from recycled wool sweaters. Before that I really never knew about using old sweaters to make items. They are so beautiful and warm. Do you need to use 100 % wool or can it be a blend? like 80 %? How do you keep them from unraveling as you cut and sew? Is there anything that you can do with sweaters that are not wool? I have a lot of those that stretch out over the years (rags for the garage is where they end up) any ideas for them?

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Lavender Rose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Brenda
Jackson MI
USA
1931 Posts

Posted - Jan 27 2014 :  12:59:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Danyel.

I have taken ones that are mostly wool and washed and dried them in the dryer to felt them and used them to make appliques on purses etc. Also, they make great quilt squares, slippers, bags, etc. Just anything you can think of.

Blends also work well for lots of crafts. Throw pillows, rugs, tote bags.

If you are afraid they will unravel, stitch around the edges before cutting out.

Lavender Rose

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danyel
True Blue Farmgirl

315 Posts

Danyel
Robertsdale PA
USA
315 Posts

Posted - Jan 27 2014 :  3:12:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you, I will probably try the sweaters that are 85 % wool and try to felt them as well. I am looking forward to making some gloves. Have you tried the quilts squares?

Danyel
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MagnoliaWhisper
True Blue Farmgirl

2817 Posts

Heather
Haysville Kansas
USA
2817 Posts

Posted - Jan 27 2014 :  6:21:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I use 100 percent wool.

If they are felted they will not unravel.

I've never had one unravel yet.

I have not made mittens though. Although I may try that next, cause that would be good to do with the body of the sweaters any way! lol I usually make pants for my kids with the sleeves, it keeps them dry and is the best diaper cover ever!


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DeniseMGM
True Blue Farmgirl

110 Posts

Denise
WI
USA
110 Posts

Posted - Mar 26 2014 :  8:29:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have made mittens with old sweaters, but my experience is that only 100% wool felts well. The 80% blend just doesn't keep the edges as tight as I prefer. I'm done making mittens because they create a LOT of "lint" in my sewing machine.

I do have a lot of scraps left over and I plan to make flowers with them - the kind of flowers than can be pinned to a hat or jacket. In the past I made a penny rug that was so fabulously relaxing to sew. Here's a link to that project: http://lionsdaughter.wordpress.com/2011/04/18/montana-zen/

My latest thing is gathering up old cashmere sweaters at thrift stores. They also shrink it the washing machine. I am thinking of making a modern throw, backed with a super soft flannel.

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OregonGal
True Blue Farmgirl

509 Posts

Chris
No. IL
USA
509 Posts

Posted - Mar 27 2014 :  09:19:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You can see the penny rug I made at this site. Love felting sweaters and such. http://www.pinterest.com/cheekenlittle/rooster-penny-rug/ . Here is a pattern tomake mittens that iI found on line but I haven't tried it. http://www.hobbyfarms.com/crafts-and-nature/upcycled-sweater-mittens-plus-pattern.aspx

Have fun!

Edited by - OregonGal on Mar 27 2014 09:36:30 AM
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Calicogirl
True Blue Farmgirl

5176 Posts

Sharon
Bruce Crossing Michigan
USA
5176 Posts

Posted - Mar 27 2014 :  1:15:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The penny rugs are so cute! Thanks for posting the links girls :)

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danyel
True Blue Farmgirl

315 Posts

Danyel
Robertsdale PA
USA
315 Posts

Posted - Mar 28 2014 :  5:56:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love the penny rugs, and thank you for sharing a link for a mitten pattern, I have one of my daughters open finger mittens that I was going to try to create a pattern from. I have washed and dried my sweaters and I can't wait to get started, With the scraps I thought I would make a blanket, still looking for ideas.

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Danyel
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thebyrdhaus
True Blue Farmgirl

520 Posts

Patty
Columbus Oh
USA
520 Posts

Posted - Jul 06 2014 :  04:57:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have seen birdhouses made from felt wool. Does anyone know if they can be made from sweaters or are sweaters not thick enough? I would love to have some direction for them. I bought oneto try to figure it out. It is rounded, it has a "knob on top with a string to hang and only has one seam in the very bottom. Just wondering if anyone is familiar with making them.

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KarenP
True Blue Farmgirl

666 Posts

Karen
Chippewa Falls Wisconsin
USA
666 Posts

Posted - Jul 06 2014 :  05:24:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Patty I have seen some too, I think those I saw are knitted and then felted, or from carded wool and hand felted.
Haven't seen any made from old sweaters. I make mittens from time to time from old felted sweaters.


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atkinst2
True Blue Farmgirl

531 Posts

Theresa
Canal Winchester OH
USA
531 Posts

Posted - Jul 06 2014 :  12:59:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Patty, I too have seen them. I think if you have a water filled balloon or Styrofoam form and your sweater is 100% wool (no super wash) it would be pretty easy to do.

Are you thinking about doing the felting in the wash machine? If so, start the felting process and when the piece gets close to the size of the form mold it around the form and secure the opening. When it drys then you can cut the hole for the bird and pop the balloon or dig out the Styrofoam.

I think this might work.

Theresa
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SandraM
True Blue Farmgirl

295 Posts

Sandra
Coldwater Michigan
USA
295 Posts

Posted - Jul 14 2014 :  12:59:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have made some wool bags from sweaters. They shouldn't unravel once felted.

I am cutting squares for a blanket I would like to do, still collecting up sweaters so I can finish it.
Have fun!


Sandra
www.mittenstatesheepandwool.com
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country treasure
True Blue Farmgirl

452 Posts

judy
SK
Canada
452 Posts

Posted - Jul 31 2014 :  4:44:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Danyel,
Have made slippers with ribbon threaded through the top of each. Quick & easy to do. they go over well for gifts.

Made grocery or library bags
dog sweaters & blankets
felted wool makes THEE best farm work coat patches. Think elbow patches.

If you find some cute coloured little girls sweaters that have the decorations on them...stitching, flowers, whatever then felt & cut up for gift card envelopes, for book covers.
Judy





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kysheeplady
True Blue Farmgirl

1291 Posts

Teri
KY
USA
1291 Posts

Posted - Jul 31 2014 :  4:56:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I made Christmas stockings with mine.

Teri
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danyel
True Blue Farmgirl

315 Posts

Danyel
Robertsdale PA
USA
315 Posts

Posted - Jul 31 2014 :  6:09:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh I love the ideas!
This would help with Christmas ideas for the family
I have a tote filled with sweaters I have been "collecting" my sister decorated her kitchen in bird houses, I will look for a picture of one.
The idea of a grocery bag would be good, and I never thought of using them as patches.
I wanted to make a blanket, and other than the gloves,
and I do have a couple that have really cute embroidery on it, that would make a special gift card holder.
I never thought of these other ideas, thank you for sharing.

so excited, hope to have time to work on something

Thank you
Danyel
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country treasure
True Blue Farmgirl

452 Posts

judy
SK
Canada
452 Posts

Posted - Aug 01 2014 :  10:01:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey Danyel,
Last night I opened a library book & found some really cute ideas or just have sweaters on the mind! lol

---giving jam jars (any kind of jars) for gift giving?? make small strips & cut the ends to make it look like a scarf & tie around the jars. Add in a little decoration for the season.EASY
--hot water bottle covers
--scrap flower brooches.....SUPER cute for wearing or parcel add ons. Cut strips then fold them around in a tight circle sew bottom tight & fluff out. the top part of the strips are cut half way to form the petals. She actually had them decorating a old mirror.
-- seen before & this looks great grouped together....buy some foam cones, the ones with the flat bottoms & pointed tops, then use sweaters with patterns or ridges/etc & sew to cover the cones. They turn into looking like Christmas trees....not too good of job with the how tos
--a friend made a wreath by cutting small circles of left overs & strung them into a circle. She used every colour of yellow she could find & it looks sooo cute!
--my last fall wreath had orange & gold squares in it

I refuse to throw even the littlest scrap of felted wool out since it's so expensive to buy here or the time to felt it.

Teri, love the socking idea. I'd love to hear other ideas too.
Judy

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kysheeplady
True Blue Farmgirl

1291 Posts

Teri
KY
USA
1291 Posts

Posted - Aug 01 2014 :  3:23:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I also made a heart wreath by just cutting into small sqs. and string on a wire and then bent into a heat shape. Here is the link to that tut on my blog.
http://www.whitesheepfarm.com/2014/01/have-heart-quick-craft.html
I check and see if I can find the stocking ...

Teri
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frannie
True Blue Farmgirl

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fran
bonham texas
USA
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Posted - Aug 02 2014 :  3:46:18 PM  Show Profile  Send frannie a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I also have been making felted projects for a long time and everyone is right, once you felt the item it can be cut and wont unravel....I have never seen the birdhouses but am always looking for a new project , in the past I made animals and stuffies. if you click on my blog site abunnystale.worpress.com you can see some of the felted crafts....have fun , I love felting..
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frannin in texas

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country treasure
True Blue Farmgirl

452 Posts

judy
SK
Canada
452 Posts

Posted - Aug 02 2014 :  4:14:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Teri & Fran creative items!

Made lots of gum boot liners....nice & warm. Hang enough over the top of the boot so it doesn't rub against your skin if wearing with bard legs.
Judy


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Beverley
True Blue Farmgirl

2704 Posts

Beverley
atlanta Michigan
USA
2704 Posts

Posted - Aug 02 2014 :  8:52:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Judy, I know over here I go to resale shops and get my wool items and then felt them. Do you have resale shops over in canada? The cost of the wool goes way down when you can buy them this way.

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kysheeplady
True Blue Farmgirl

1291 Posts

Teri
KY
USA
1291 Posts

Posted - Aug 03 2014 :  05:13:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Judy,
It was so cold last year, I made some inserts for my big old barn boots ... worked out great!

Teri
"There are black sheep in every flock"

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Calicogirl
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sharon
Bruce Crossing Michigan
USA
5176 Posts

Posted - Aug 06 2014 :  09:19:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great ideas girls :)

Danyel (and ladies :))

Here is a link with instructions on making hats from sweaters:

http://www.craftstylish.com/item/28927/how-to-make-hats-from-recycled-sweaters

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kysheeplady
True Blue Farmgirl

1291 Posts

Teri
KY
USA
1291 Posts

Posted - Aug 06 2014 :  2:48:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sharon.
Looks easy, but mostof all it looks WARM! TFS!

Teri
"There are black sheep in every flock"

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danyel
True Blue Farmgirl

315 Posts

Danyel
Robertsdale PA
USA
315 Posts

Posted - Aug 07 2014 :  5:49:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
oh wow!!! I so love the ideas, I need off a couple days to work on something, I don't know what to make first. Never thought of inside boot warmers, I need to check out the website when I have time to acutally look, please any other ideas,

Beverley, like you I go to good will, yard sales, any where looking for cheap sweaters, and I do not mind admitting it, people sell them for as little as a quarter for children sized sweaters. crazy cheap.

Thank you
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