Transform a Wool Sweater into a Felted Vest

comments (5) February 22nd, 2013     

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Tina_Hilton Tina Hilton, contributor
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Give an old sweater in your life a second chance with a little makeover.
Simply cut off the collar and sleeves of a felted sweater.
You can even reuse the sleeves.
Give an old sweater in your life a second chance with a little makeover.

Give an old sweater in your life a second chance with a little makeover.

Photo: Sloan Howard
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Turn the sleeves into mitts
Don't toss the sleeves you cut off; they're perfect for a pair of toasty fingerless mitts.

1. Cut out the sleeve seam. First, try on the sleeve, and mark the length you want for your mitts. Shorten the sleeve there. Then, cut out the sleeve seam to open the side of the mitt as far as the
top of the cuff.

  Cut out the sleeve seam.

2. Open the thumb hole. Determine where you want the thumb hole, and cut open the cuff seam until the hole is large enough for your thumb. Hand-sew a few stitches at each end of the opening to prevent raveling.

  Open the thumb hole.

3. Fit the mitt. Turn the sleeve inside-out, and put it on, inserting your thumb through the thumb hole. Pin the sleeve seam to fit your arm. Machine-sew the new seam, and trim away the excess fabric.

  Fit the mitt.

4. Blanket-stitch the edges. Hand-sew around the top edge of each mitt with contrast yarn, as described above.

  Blanket-stitch the edges.


  Finished vest and mitt!
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Comments (5)

TinaHilton writes: Hi from another Tina Hilton! You could be my clone, except for the fact that we look so different. I'm a craftsperson too, mostly weaving and spinning. Have you ever made a felted tote bag from a wool sweater? That's fun too.
Posted: 8:29 pm on December 14th
Tina_Hilton writes: One of the best parts of this process is scouring the local thrift shops for diamonds in the rough. I have a stack of reclaimed sweaters ready to be converted to hats, bags, pillows, vests, cat beds, hot pads, mittens, scarves - somebody stop me!!!!
Posted: 5:38 pm on October 7th
Sweet_Dee writes: Very cool! Love the fact that you reused rather than buy or trash. And I, too, love the red blanket stitch. the colour combos are awesome!
Posted: 3:08 pm on September 26th
VeryPrairie writes: I especially love the red blanket stitched edges, very cool project!
Posted: 6:14 pm on September 24th
theemptynest writes: LOVE IT!!!!! I have the same felting fetish. Great job.
your friend,
The Empty Nest
Posted: 5:21 pm on September 23rd
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