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Topic: Felted Mittens from Recyled Sweater - Ridiculously easy!!! TUTORIAL  (Read 49241 times)
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« on: October 24, 2005 10:17:07 AM »

So I am the laziest crafter in the whole world.  I've recently discovered that felting old wool sweaters and re-purposing them is maybe the least work for the coolest payoff.  Yes, I know it's not a new thing, but it's new to me....  Anyway. 
I made these mittens from a sweater that I got for a buck seventy-five at a thrift store.   They are sooooo warm, which is important here in the chilly climes of Minnesota.  I've also done purses, totes, etc.  Someday, if I'm feeling really ambitious, I'd like to try making a quilted blanket out of sweater pieces.   But I'd have to learn to quilt first. 

The steps for the project are as follows:
1. Buy sweater (100% wool - NOT machine washable.) 

2. Wash sweater in the washing machine with a little soap and the hottest water you can manage.  The bonus to this step is that your house will, for a time, smell like a wet sheep.

3.  When sweater is felted ( you can't see the distinct stitches anymore), lay it on a towel to dry.  When the sweater is still wet, you can hand stretch it considerably, if you want.

4.  Lay your paw on the sweater and cut around it, leaving at least an inch around all sides.  It will look
gi-normous.  I was generous at the bottom - I like a long mitten.

5. Pin with right sides together (In other words, so the sides you want facing out are on the inside.)

6. Put your hand on the mitten to see how much seam allowance you want to leave.  Take your hand off the mitten and and sew all the way around. (Not the bottom, though.)  I'm not much with a needle and thread, so I machine stitched them.  Gave my machine quite a workout.

7.  Trim the seam allowance, and turn right-side out.   

8.  I wanted a tighter-fitting cuff, so I cut the ribbing off the sweater cuffs and sewed them to the inside of the mitten.  The result is a mitten that goes almost all the way up to my elbow, but as I stressed earlier, I like a long mitten. 

Here they are:



Anyone have any other ideas for recycled sweater projects?
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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2005 10:45:50 AM »

congrats on the wonderful mittens!
i just bought this amazing  book called " Second- Time Cool  the art of chopping up a sweater".
it has tons of project ideas that are really funky and original. it shows how to make bags, slippers, hats, skirts, arm and leg warmers etc. and really cool ideas for embellishing them too.
i can't believe i've been spending all this time trying to knit and crochet stuff when this is a much easier way!
so far i'm not having much luck finding 100% wool sweaters in the thrifts though.
i started making a bag with a sweater i already had- someday i will try to post something!
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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2005 06:15:55 PM »

That is aaaaaaaaaaawesome! Cheesy I am gonna do that. My hands are always cold.
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2005 06:30:49 AM »

i just bought this amazing  book called " Second- Time Cool  the art of chopping up a sweater".
it has tons of project ideas that are really funky and original. it shows how to make bags, slippers, hats, skirts, arm and leg warmers etc. and really cool ideas for embellishing them too.

Thanks for the great tip - I just ordered the book on Amazon.  I can't wait.  Here are some pictures of other recycled sweater projects.  Both from the same sweater, as you can probably tell.  I personally think the legwarmers are wicked awesome.  I didn't do anything to them - no sewing required.  They're just the sleeves from the felted sweater.

I know what you mean about wasting time knitting.  I can't believe how easy this stuff is.  




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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2005 07:30:32 AM »

Oh this is too cool, did a search a few days ago and there was nothing on sweater to mittens recons, so was planning a tute - came to post it today and you got one in already, Yipee!!  Very similiar to how mine were done, Great minds..... wow........ too too cool.  So now just need to share the photo.  The  main difference is I call the shrinking process fulling instead of felting.  Thanks for the great tute.



Photo also has a neckwarmer, short scarf made from one sleeve with button closure.  The hat is another recon - simply added vintage buttons to existing hat band on thrift store hat.  Black gloves are new with pink beads sewn onto cuff.  The leaves are fiber fusions.

morr0226 the leg warmers are wicked cool.  Fun bag too!

add my thanks to  the noodle princess, that book sounds right up my alley too!



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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2005 11:43:17 AM »

I love that hat
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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2005 02:23:13 PM »

Thanks, Grace!  Love your stuff - very creative and professional-looking.  What did you do to the sleeve to make it into the neckwarmer?  Mini-tute, perhaps?
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« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2005 04:23:19 PM »

Funny enough, I just bought a sweater and felted it up with the intention of making slippers out of the sleeves, and mittens. You're post is perfectly timed for me!
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« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2005 05:24:42 PM »

haha this is like that 100th monkey story- 1 monkey figured out how to do something and then monkeys all over the place started doing it simultaneously! well, i'm sure lots of people have been doing it forever but i'm just so darn excited about it.
not to say that knitting is a waste of time, because time that you enjoy wasting was not wasted. but using sweaters is just so much more instant gratification. Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2005 05:29:11 PM »

wow, i am def. going to try that out!

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