Another great way to recycle is felting old or thrifted sweaters.  To felt sweaters, you just throw them in a top loading washer on hot with a little soap.  (like colors together)  Next, put them in the dryer.  That's it!  All sweaters felt differently, but medium  weight 100% wool sweaters are the ones I look for.  If the sweater has a high acrylic content, the results will not be very good.  My mom was visiting the other day, and below are some of the things we made with felted sweaters….

Mom made this very cute vest by cutting squares of felted sweaters, then sewing them together by hand. She added the running stitch for more detail and contrast.  Didn't it turn out well?

She then took the leftover scraps and made this scarf.  The pieces were sewn together by hand, then pressed with an iron.  When pressing felted wool, cover with a towel so as not to scorch.  Lastly, mom added a blanket stitch going all the way around.
I made this red and pink scarf on my machine.  I laid the squares together with the ends barely overlapping, then ran several zig zag seams over the ends that were just touching.  This fuses the squares together, and there are no exposed seams.  I then ran a satin stitch all the way around the perimeter of the scarf.  This gave the scarf a rippled or wavy effect.  

Looking at all these sweaters make me wish for snow…..

Send me any great felting ideas that you have!

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  • Stylecrusader January 20, 2009 at 6:57 AM

    That vest is very creative, and has wonderful details!


  • Lorna January 20, 2009 at 7:09 AM

    Wow, another amazing project. Really inspiring. Thank you for the idea!


  • cece January 20, 2009 at 7:43 AM

    Love the vest! We have a very popular beanie we designed from felted wool sweaters. I will share your link to show them how creative this vest is! Great idea!!!


  • Nini Nguyen January 20, 2009 at 9:10 AM

    Judy- Your mom is so creative. I love the vest and those scarves.


  • bluejayintokyo January 20, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    Judy, your mother should also start a fashion blog! (haha!)
    Gorgeous vest – I would love to see you or Jane styling it into one of your outfits!


  • chauss January 20, 2009 at 6:00 PM

    j, i love the pink scarf! looks warm. :)
    p.s. it’s gonna be below 60 degrees here tomorrow, first time in 3 years…


  • Milly January 21, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    great job…if only i can sew :(


  • Sara (Style Magnet) January 21, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    These are great! I’m inspired :)


  • joe August 01, 2009 at 1:14 AM

    reading this post makes me want to make my own felting projects, and drink hot cocoa of course…


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