Recycled Sweater Accessories for Winter

       Before you donate those old sweaters think again! 

They can be recycled into your new favorite 

winter accessories!

Recycled Sweater Accessories for Winter.

I don't know about you but I am all about the KonMari organization that is going viral right now. Mari Kondo's book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I've purged half the things in my closet! 

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So the DIY lesson here is to check the donation bag before you send it off... is there a sweater in there that might work for your next recycling project? 

This old sweater was perfect for the projects I had in mind. 

DIY Recycled Sweater Accessories for Winter.

I began by turning the sweater inside out and pinning off a square to be used as a pillow. 

DIY Recycled Sweater Projects for Winter.

I had a little help from Kitty who is going to be 22 years old in February! She is almost an antique! 

I cut out the square along the pins and sewed around 3 sides with my sewing machine. This is the simple sewing machine I use and love!

The next step was to right side the pillow and drop in a pillow form

I hand stitched around the last side to close up the pillow. 

The next thing I needed was a cozy little floret or three to decorate the pillow. 

Recycled Sweater Projects for Winter.

To make the florets I cut a long strip of fabric,

Recycled Sweater Projects.

rolled it up into a flower shape then hand stitched the back to hold it together. 

DIY Recycled Sweater Projects.

This cozy pillow was easy to make and gave my sweater another go around. 

DIY Repurposed Recycled Sweater Projects.

What about the rest of the sweater you ask? 

Well, I stretched the sleeve over a vase and made a cozy sweater for a candle. A candle cozy! You can use flameless candles for safety.

DIY Repurposed Recycled Sweater Accessories.

One last piece of the sweater got folded around and stitched with a floret to create a nice warm headband for the cold weather. 

Repurposed Recycled Sweater Accessories.

Look through your donation bag or your closet
and find a sweater that would look great as
new winter accessories!

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife of 28 years, the mother of 4 daughters, and the grandmother of 4 grandsons. I am a DIY Blogger and a part time PreK teacher.


  1. Susan, I love creative! I would have never thought to recycle old sweaters...I usually just give them away! Have a great one! Hugs!

    1. Benita have fun with this... there are so many beautiful sweaters that can be upcycled into pillows and things :)


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