So I’ve shown you how to repurpose your old t-shirts by cutting them up into t-shirt yarn to make all sorts of rugs and blankets, but what about your old sweaters? Well, when the cold comes around again your dainty little fingers are going to start numbing and freezing up, so instead of tossing those old, highly unfashionable or shrunken sweaters, make mittens out of them! This brilliant idea comes from Natalie @cremedelacraft.
You will need:
- A wool sweater – 100% wool is the best, otherwise it needs to be at least 80%
- 10 straight pins
- Sewing needle
- Embroidery floss, buttons, ribbon or whatever you want to use for decoration
There’s an important step that is not included in the video and that’s felting the wool. This is done by putting the sweater in a pillowcase or a mesh laundry bag (so you don’t get fuzz balls all over your machine) and washing it on a warm-water cycle, then drying it on high heat. This process shrinks the fibers which will thicken the wool to make it warmer and less likely to fray or fall apart when cut.
Once you’ve gone through all the steps you get to decorate your new warm mittens however you like! You can even personalize them and give them as gifts. This is such a great way to finally get rid of those old sweaters that just take up space in the back of your closet, and it really takes just a few minutes to do.
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