I know this blog is about easy knitting projects, but I came across this great idea for re purposing sweaters that I simply could not ignore!
I love creating crafts, any crafts, but I also love reusing and re-purposing things to be new again, and I have a few sweaters that have seen better days. I usually donate gently used clothes I am finished with but I have some sweaters that have holes or thin parts and really are not any good to anyone, so instead of throwing them away I came across this video on how to simply upcycle.
Upcycling - Trendy and Chic
"Upcycle" is a trendy word, not even sure if it is a real word as my spell check keeps flagging it! But it has become a trendy way to re-purpose things to get a second life out of them and also saves a few dollars but even better, is just how unique an item you can create for just the cost of your labour.
Your new recycled scarf will not be like anyone else's out there. You are not buying yarn that everyone else is buying, you are putting together a piece of artwork! Maybe that is a little over the top, but who else would have one just like yours? You can create yourself a knitted scarf in an evening or afternoon out of sweaters that were simply jammed in the back of your closet or collecting dust on a shelf.
If your favourite sweater has seen better days, you can still wear it as a scarf. In this video she uses many different sweaters for colour and pattern, but you could just use one and turn the squares around as you sew them to add interest in the pattern.
Sewing Machine or By Hand
This works best using a sewing machine on zigzag but you could do this by hand while watching TV or listening to music in the evenings. This is when I do my knitting projects, to wind down from my day and to stay off the computer in the late evening hours as it was interrupting my sleep.
If you have read any of my blog posts, you can see that I love to find easy to knit patterns and ideas that don't require constant counting of stitches or anything to intricate. I could handle more complicated knitting projects, but I choose not to!
This is even another step into simplification! You don't even have to knit the item and you can end up with a gorgeous scarf!
Check out the video, and see if this doesn't get you thinking about those old sweaters you have or your kids have, especially if you live in a colder winter climate as I do! If you simply don't have any sweaters you want to cut up check with the thrift store.
I have a friend who works in our local Salvation Army thrift store and they do get bags of clothes that they simply cannot resell and have to throw away. You could ask if they have any sweaters they are throwing away that no one can buy or use and then gently wash them and get to work on your upcycled scarf!
My name is Diane and I love all arts and crafts including painting, drawing and knitting (I painted the bee above!) I decided after many years to take up knitting again and needed simple patterns that I could do while watching TV or listening to music that would help dial down stress. I hope you enjoy some of my own projects as well as ones I have found.