Sweater Projects You Can Make for Free

Stop! Do not throw out that old sweater!

I had a few projects in mind for this old sweater but first I had to upgrade my old sewing machine. 

The old one lasted me 40 years and probably had about 200,000 miles on it.

I figured it was more cost efficient to get a new one than to have the old one fixed.

I bought a heavy duty Singer, (Amazon affiliate link) very simple, no bells or whistles... it's just what I needed! If you're looking for a simple sewing machine this is the one you need!

So now I'm ready to sew!

I liked this sweater a lot but it was a little big so I thought I'd sacrifice it for the cause.

First I pinned out a square... this is my assistant Kitty, at present she is 21 years old. 

then I sewed around the pins and cut out the square.

I turned the fabric right side in and then got to work on the leftover fabric from the sides of the square...

I made a flower.

Actually, several... and sewed them onto the pillow.

Easy as pie! I just twisted the left-over fabric and then tacked it down in the shape of a flower. 

But wait! There was more sweater left!

The sleeve made a nice slouchy candle or vase cozy...

Love the texture!

And the turtleneck made a great ear warmer/ headband for the cold weather!

Now that was one useful sweater!

I hope you enjoyed this project and you'll take a look at my Amazon Shop for craft supplies I recommend. Also while you're here please sign up for the Homeroad emails on my sidebar so I can send my latest DIY post straight to you. 


I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. Simple. Elegant. Brilliant! (I believe we were sisters in another life!) Ya know....I love sweater upcycling! :)

  2. Love it & its Green!

  3. Wonderful! How fun to get so many projects out of one sweater.

  4. Great ideas! And I love the "assistant!" Blessings, Sharon

  5. Love these projects! So creative...you have a great blog! I'm following along too.


  6. Great ideas. LOVE the pillow idea the most.
    NEW FOLLOWER so can't wait to see what you come up with next!

  7. It's me! Your newest follower :) Thanks for stopping by Joy2Journey!

  8. Wow! I've recycled sweaters many times but never every last bit... You rock!

  9. This reminds me of what they say about organ donation ... that one life (or in this case, sweater) can do so much. It was a great sweater to start with, and your creations look great. I never thought to pin out a sweater pillow before cutting it out ... I usually struggle to get the fabric to stay under the foot of the sewing machine, as it desperately tries to escape. I'm definitely going to try this!

  10. Susan, that pillow is beautiful! What a nice job and the vase warmer and the headband is cute too!

  11. Great ideas, they all came out beautiful! I love the cat just hanging out in the one photo! I found you through the blog hop and I am your newest follower! I would love it if you could drop by Moose Mouse Creations and follow me too!

  12. That is great! Who knew a sweater could be so versatile?!

  13. LOVE it! New follower from the hop, I would LOOOVE a 'follow back" thanks in advance!



  14. simply the best! I have just the perfect sweater to do this with. thank you for the inspiration! I'm a follower now!


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