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!

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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. .