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Sweaters used to be my winter uniform, but pesky moths seem to have made a feast of my fashions. If you’re like me and have a closet full of holey sweaters that you’d like to replace, don’t toss them out before you take a look at these cool ideas for upcycling sweaters.

5 Sweater Crafts That Are No Sweat

These dress shirt and sweater pillows from Brian Patrick Flynn are delightfully preppy and would add a wonderful menswear touch to any bedroom. Get all the how-to details and instructions here.

5 Sweater Crafts That Are No Sweat

Like the idea of pillows but looking for something a little different than the idea above? Spell it out with sweaters! These letter pillows are so plush and perfect for a kids’ bedroom. Read the tutorial to create these cushions at home.

5 Sweater Crafts That Are No Sweat

Camilla Fabbri‘s candle cozies are so simple. Cut the cuffs off of old sweaters, slip them over some votives and voila! Just looking at these makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

5 Sweater Crafts That Are No Sweat

If you’re hosting a dinner party but don’t have napkin rings, try this quickie craft from Elizabeth Anne of Elizabeth Anne Designs. Cut a small section of sweater, sew the ends and slip a napkin through for a sophisticated yet rustic table element.

5 Sweater Crafts That Are No Sweat

It’s still freezing outside — at least here in NYC. While you can’t change the weather, you can defend yourself against the elements with some fierce fingerless gloves like these by ake your own with these step-by-step details.

Which sweater craft are you sweatin’ the most? And do you have any genius uses for sweaters I didn’t mention? Leave them in the comments below!

14 Responses

  1. AnnieP says:

    Boot cuffs from sweater sleeves!

  2. debbi says:

    The pillows are very cute, love the use of the sweater and the dress shirts that is interesting.

  3. Joan says:

    I love the napkin rings and the fingerless gloves!! I have made pillows, and I have also made small afghans by sewing squares of different colored sweaters!

  4. JN Shellhart says:

    Shrink them, then cut to fit your dog…makes a great dog sweater. Using scraps of the shrunken sweater make 4 booties with velco wraps for matching dog booties. Stitch the body of the sweater into a teapot cozy….

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Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...


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