Free Crochet Patterns Sweaters September 23, 2011 at 4:08 am
Free Crochet Patterns Sweaters
You likely have some sweaters thrown in the back of your closet, damaged with a stain, moth hole or two. Instead of tossing old and unused sweaters, turn them into something new and completely lovable. You can also look for inexpensive sweaters at the thrift store. Crafting with old sweaters saves money on craft materials and helps to reduce your household waste.
Yarn – If you knit, crochet or even weave, salvage the yarn from an old sweater to use in a new project. Find a seam in the perspirer and cautiously snip one of the seam stitches with a pair of very sharp scissors. Use a blunt needle to lift out the seam stitches, snippet the seam yarn for each. For a knit sweater, you want to unravel the yarn from the cast off edge, generally astatine the top of the sweater since sweaters ar made from the bottom up. Start rending from the last cast off stitch and cautiously wind the yarn into a ball as you go. You should end up with four or more balls of yarn from the different perspirer pieces.
Felt – Sweaters that ar at least 20% wool can be felted in your washing machine. 100% wool sweaters will give a sturdier felt for different crafts. Make sure the sweater has not been treated to make it washable, such as “superwash, ” as these will non felt. Throw the jumper into a zippered delicates bag and wash on high heat. Dry on high heat, cleanup the lint trap frequently. Some sweaters require more than one wash and dry to fully felt. The perspirer will finally shrink dramatically and will be ready to cut apart!
Pillows – Use a pillow form to help you measure and mark the sizing for your throw rest on the old sweater. You need a stitching machine for this project or a bit of patience with hand sewing.
Potholders – Stitch several layers of the old sweater together and add binding or trim around the edges to create potholders. You can also use thick quilt batting to fill the inside of your upcycled perspirer potholder.
Plastic Bag Holder – Have a dog you need to clean up after on walks? Use the sleeve of an older perspirer to create a handy plastic bag holder to hang from a door. The stretchy wrist end is perfect for the bottom and you don’t even need to stitch it closed. Just cut the shoulder seam and sew a neater edge. You can add embellishments such as ric – rac at the edges or cut out “Dog Walk” in fabric letters and appliqué to the sweater sleeve. Loop a piece of elastic and sew to the top to hang from a door.
Brooches – A brooch adds instant style to any jacket, sweater or bag. Either felt the perspirer first to prevent unraveling or double – stitch a flower shape with your stitchery machine. Use a fabric pencil to mark a simple flowered design and double stitch over this design. Cut out the shape at least 1 cm away from the stitch line. Stitch and cut out another(a) flowered shape slightly littler than the first. Layer the two flowers and sew together with an interesting button.
Coffee Cup Sleeves or Water Bottle Cozies – Cut a band in your old perspirer sleeve to make a coffee cup sleeve, or use a larger piece of the arm for a water bottle cozy. You can felt the sweater first to make a more solid material fit for embroidery and other embellishing.
Paper Craft – Cut out small pieces of wool for embellishing scrapbook pages or handmade cards. Cut out letters or even tiny perspirer or scarf shapes for autumn. Make a wonderfully textured tree with an old fuzzy angora sweater.
Blanket or Quilt – If you have several old sweaters, turn them into lovely blanket or quilt. You can cut the sweaters into blocks or varying shapes, and even use the ribbing for the edges of the blanket. Some sweaters may be too thick for the sewing machine, so you will have to pin and hand – sew pieces together with right sides facing and ½ inch seam allowance. If seams do non lay flat after steamer – ironing, hand – stitch seams to back of the blanket. Thinner sweaters can be sewn with the stitchery machine and can be given a fabric backing.
Toys – Whether felted or not, old sweaters are a great material for making toys or stuffed animals. Create a puppet with the sleeve of a sweater. Hem the cut edge to prevent fraying. To make the head of the puppet, you can simply sew the cuff together straight across or trim a curved line and sew. For a puppet with hair, gather a few inches of the cuff and weave the thread back and forth. Pull tight and secure the thread. Cut off some of the gathered cuff to leave fuzzy hair.