Repurposing Old Sweaters

Posted on February 5th, 2012 at 8:23 pm

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Repurposing Old Sweaters

Did you know your dog can be a carrier for wool-eating moth larvae?  I do now.  And I have a stack of sweaters ready for recycling into something greater than the sum of their holes.  So many talented crafters use old sweaters as their raw material.

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By Chez Beeper in the Made from Recycled Sweaters flickr pool.

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These cozy slippers are in the pool, too.

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Crispina used sweaters and blankets to reupholster a chair.

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A fantastical sweater coat by Katwise on Etsy.

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Kris at Resweater is all about recycled wool. She made these mittens from Merino sweaters; she also collects and sells sweaters for upcycling here.

The plan for my collection—a cable knit grey one, a nice medium blue, green and purple pullovers, is to take them apart, then piece them together in new ways into a throw rug. The first step is to felt the sweaters by washing them in hot water, then tumbling in the dryer to make the wool fibers more compact and durable.

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