Ten Ways to Refashion a Sweater

So many sweaters, so little time.

Click on the picture to see the “how to”.

Learn how to refashion an old sweater into a tote with this easy to follow photo tutorial from The Renegade Seamstress

Upcycle a thrift store sweater to cozy warm boot socks with this new sew tutorial by the Renegade Seamstress

Upcycle a thrift store sweater with this easy to follow photo tutorial by the Renegade Seamstress

Upcycle a thrift store sweater with this easy to follow photo tutorial by the Renegade Seamstress

Pullover to cardigan refashion tutorial6

Refashioned Sweater Dress Tutorial

sweater to skirt refashion tutorial

felted wool clutch purse

Cable knit sweater dress refashion tutorial

Have fun! If you try any of these, I’d love to see your projects. Email a before and after picture to me at bhunting@eoni.com and I’ll post it on the “Your Projects” page.

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About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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62 Responses to Ten Ways to Refashion a Sweater

  1. Absolutely love the turtleneck to a cardigan, Fantastic!

  2. Anonymous says:

    mi piacciono tutti i lavoretti. grazie

  3. Joelle Foong says:

    Love the bag! Thanks for the ideas!

  4. That’s it! I’m hitting the thrift stores and pulling out the ol’ Singer 🙂

  5. Oh So Creative – Great Pieces – thanks for sharing! Happy Tuesday:)

  6. Love it! Very creative… I’m off to look for some sweaters to re fashion.

  7. A Ponytail Kind of Day says:

    Reblogged this on A Ponytail Kind of Day and commented:
    I can’t wait to dig out all of my old sweaters !

  8. such excellent ideas! i really especially love the wine covers 🙂 your posts are always great!

  9. I also love the turtleneck to cardigan. They’re all very pretty actually.

  10. Janette says:

    Oh how I love the bag!!

  11. blankenmom says:

    I REALLY like these ones since they’re not dresses, which always look very good on you, but do me no good (other than admiring your creativeness) since I don’t wear dresses. I will definitely be using several of these ideas! Outstanding as usual!

  12. traditionis says:

    I LIKED EVERYTHING!!!!! hahahah

  13. I loved the sleeves turned bottle wrap, it’s genius!

  14. Hi Beth – Yet another fantastic post! We’d love to reblog this at Trash Backwards if that’s OK by you. Best, Rebecca of Trash Backwards & Rock Farmer

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  16. Reblogged this on Trash Backwards and commented:
    Have an old wool sweater in need of a new life? Just in time for winter weather, we’re excited to share this post from The Renegade Seamstress with 10 Ways to Refashion a Sweater.

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  19. Nice. This is the original source to the tutorial for making a felted bag out of an old sweater.

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  21. Marti says:

    I love your refurbished sweater ideas! I love the purse. I’m in the process of making some as bottle covers too, but just finished making one to use for a gift bag if you’d like to see it here’s the link….http://sew-licious.blogspot.com/2012/12/how-to-make-sweater-gift-bag-gifts.html.


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  26. Lynda Parks says:

    Got your link through a post on Knitting Paradise. So happy I found you! You are one very talented and creative lady. I will start with the mittens, but first I need to go to the local thrift store to buy a sweater!

  27. Debbie Buch says:

    How did you finish the top edge of the legwarmers (from the sweater sleeves) without sewing?

    • Hi Debbie,
      The top of the leg warmers are actually the sleeve edge so no finishing necessary. The sweater was 80% wool so when it was washed, it felted and made the fibers tight enough so the other edge won’t fray either.
      Hope this helps!

  28. Viktoriya says:

    I am almost tempted NOT to share this. 😀 I like all you ideas and think some would make very nice additions to my wardrobe and the bottle holders/bags ave caught my eye.

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  31. Rachel Weinstein says:

    I love you’re ideas! I can’t wait to try them out! I do a lot of fabric\clothes recycling. I don’t have any before photos but I can send you some after…

  32. ANDYTR says:

    Merci pour ces bonnes idées de recyclage pour les pull-over.
    La casquette et les mittènes me plaisent beaucoup.
    Thank you

  33. Pam says:

    I am so thankful I came across you site. What you do with clothes is amazing. I am so inspired that today I spent $10 at our local $1.00 Thrift Shop. I found several sweaters and larger sized skirts and dresses that I plan to make into various items as you have shown on your site. Thank you so much for sharing these tutorials.

  34. anna says:

    Hi, you seem to have a lot of experience altering knitted fabric. Do you have any advice for adding length to a cardigan that has shrunk in the wash? Garment shrunk in length but not in width. Frustrating!

  35. Daisy says:

    Love your website

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