Bad sweaters are everywhere, and sometimes awesome. But if you don’t have the stones to wear them proud, you can turn them into something new. Just felt, cut and re-assemble. Turn that sweater with the hole in it into your new favorite laptop tote. That sweater with a lot of holes into coasters (cut circles) or a necklace (cut circles, string together with embroidery floss). And if you start now you can get a jump on some Holiday time gifting.
Some of my favorite tutorials:
1. Basic sweater pillow from Digs Magazine.
2. Recycled slippers via sew green
3. Totes by Canadian Living
4. Beverage sleeve and coasters from Tenth Muse Studios
5. Wreaths made by vintage songbird
6. Hat and Mittens at Simple Up
7. Sweater scarf by Knitty
Get creative. Felt is great to work with. You can cut it into whatever shape you want, and the edges won’t fray. You don’t even need a sewing machine. Just some imagination (or a pattern), a knitted thing, a washing machine or hot water and soap, scissors, and some kind of binding agent. Could be thread. Could be glue. Felt’s not picky, it likes both.
Need inspiration? Check out designs by Cocoon Designs, Katwise, Snugglepants, FeltSewGood, or Gaye Abandon on Etsy. But remember inspiration is meant to get your creative juices going. Don’t steal. Besides, Snugglepants has come up with an ingenious way to discourage such things.