For years I’ve been collecting old clothes with the intention of upcycling them into something new. One of my favorite things to upcycle is jeans. I’ve made many different things with jeans, which is a versatile fabric that can be upcycled into pretty much anything from clothes to upholstery. Check out my upcycled jeans projects.
This year, I thought I’d get to all the other clothes I’ve been collecting starting with the sweaters. I found a great tutorial on Instructables on how to make cosy slippers from a wooly sweater and thought I’d start with that.
I drafted patterns for my husband and I using the tutorial and slippers we have with the same shape as the one in the tutorial.
The first version, was my muslin and is visibly more rustic 😄
I made the insoles from the sweater and used a scrap piece of leather I had for the exterior soles. To make them more comfortable and provide insulation, I sandwiched a piece of padding fabric in between the leather & wool.
I assembled the second pair the same way, but used an elastic bias tape to trim the top and the back of the slippers, which is a cleaner finish with a cable knit. To do so I had to remove 1 cm from the top and back pieces.
I think these turned out great !
A couple of tips:
- When assembling the sole, be sure to sew on the leather side and sew at least 0,7cm from the edge to give yourself enough room to blanket stitch the wool when you are assembling the top to the bottom sole. (You’ll only be stitching the wool. The leather will protect your stitches from wear and tear.)
- You’ll have to trim the wool a little once you are done sewing the leather sole, to give them a clean finish.
- I don’t recommend using a cable knit sweater to start, since it doesn’t lie flat. It requires trimming after each piece is assembled.
I will definitely be making more of these in the future. I really like how they turned out and it’s a great way to use your old sweaters. Next time I’ll try some embellishments to make them more fun 😉
Do you have any other great ways to upcycle sweaters ?