Turn an Old Sweater Into THIS

Jessica Shaw
by Jessica Shaw
5 Materials
30 Minutes

Are you looking for some ways to upcycle an old sweater?

Here’s one that will take you to the end of winter, and have you ready for next winter too! Cozy new mittens – here you come!

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Tools and materials:

  • Old sweater
  • Fabric marker
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing thread

1. Create your mitten pattern

Lay your old sweater flat on your work surface.

Marking sweater

Pick the spot on your sweater with the pattern that you would like to have on your mittens. 

Roughly trace the outline of your hands on your sweater, using a fabric marker. 

Leave some extra room around your hands.

Cutting sweater

2. Make your mittens

Cut out the pattern shape from both layers of your sweater.

Making mittens

Pin both layers of your mitten together with right sides facing in.

Making mittens

Sew around the perimeter of your mittens, leaving the wrist edge open.

DIY mittens from an upcycled sweater

Upcycle a sweater

Turn your mittens right-side out, and enjoy these fashionable cozy mittens for the rest of the winter! 

You can probably get more than one pair of mittens out of your old sweater, so make a pair for a friend, too.

Let me know in a comment, if you tried this idea to upcycle a sweater!

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Suggested materials:
  • Old sweater
  • Fabric marker
  • Scissors
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