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!