Upcycle Sweater and Clothing Ideas

How to turn old worn-out sweaters & clothing into clever projects.

Supporting Products and links: Some of the links below may be affiliate links. We make a small commission on sales through the affiliate links, at no extra cost to you. Thank you in advance for your purchase and your support! Please see our full Affiliate Statement for more information.

7 Ways to Make Rag Rugs

7 Ways to Make Rag Rugs

Upcyle old clothes into something useful, rag rugs. My Poppet Makes


Turned a men's dress shirt into an apron with this tutorial. Gabriel's Good Tidings


How to make a blanket out of sweaters! See how to turn a stack of old wool sweaters into a useful, patchwork blanket. Swoodson Says

Braided Sweater Scarf

A fashionable scarf tutorial repurposing an old sweater. Larissa Another Day

Cell Phone Case - Sock Cell Phone Case

Cell Phone Case - Sock Cell Phone Case

Do you want to one-of-a-kind cell phone case for your cell phone? Do you need a cell phone case to protect your phone?

Watch this tutorial to learn a quick, inexpensive and fun way to protect your phone from getting scratched by making a sock cell phone cozy.

This is a good beginner sewing project.
Needlepointers Staff

Christmas Sweater Pillow

Christmas Sweater Pillow

Turn an ugly Christmas sweater into a fun holiday decorative pillow. Heather Handmade

Cozy Leggings from Old Sweater

Turn an old sweater into cozy leggings for a child. Make It and Love It

Cup Sleeve

Cup Sleeve

Protect hand from a hot beverage by upcycling a sweater into cup sleeve by reading this tutorial. Organized 31

Cushion Cover

Update your home with this gorgeous embroidered cushion cover using an old sweater and a little hand embroidery. Vicky Myers Creations

Denim Checkered Picnic Blanket

Here are do-it-yourself instructions to turn a bunch of unwanted jeans into a stunning and useful picnic blanket. Sustain My Craft Habit

DIY Sweater Box

DIY Sweater Box

Have you ever seen a sweater box in the stores, and wanted to get one? Try this tutorial. Reuse Grow Enjoy

DIY Sweater Wreath

Make this DIY sweater wreath from an old or a thrift store sweater, and a Dollar Tree Wreath. Thrifted Nest

Doll Holiday Party Dress

Doll Holiday Party Dress

This video shows and explains how to make an adorable holiday party dress for an 18" doll.

Flannel Shirt Tote

Turn a men’s shirt into an attractive bag with this easy project. Quilting Digest

Girls Spring Mini Tote

This felted tote is make by recycling an old sweater. Betz White


This instructable is a quick and easy way to make a headband from old belts. By mksabrina at Instructables

Heart Handwarmers

It is so easy to make homemade hand warmers by upcycling a wool sweater. Swoodson Says

Hot Water Bottle Cozy

Make cozy from old sweater. Etsy New York Team

Infinity Sweater Scarf

Infinity Sweater Scarf

Learn how to make an infinity sweater scarf by upcycling a sweater! Heather Handmade

Laptop Tote

Made yourself a laptop tote out of an old or thrift store sweater and belt. It's Alway Autumn

Laundry Stained Clothes

Laundry Stained Clothes

How to fix clothes that have been dyed in the wash by mistake … Dye them on purpose!

Did you ever take clothes out of the washer to find that it is color stained. Don't throw it away. Tie Dye it!

Learn how to fix it with this tutorial. Staff

Lavender Sachets

Lavender Sachets

Use an old sweater and a little embroidery to make pretty little lavender bags. Sum of Their Stories

Messenger Bag

Learn how to turn a pair of cargo pants into a messenger bag. Craftaholics Anonymous

Mug Cozy

Dress up your favorite teacup or coffee mug by recycling a sweater. eHow

Patchwork Lap Quilt

Here is a great idea for using old sweaters and turning into useful home decor that adds warmth on those chilly evenings. Fiber Luscious

Patchwork Pillow

Upcycle your sweaters into fun patchwork pillows with these instructions. Craft Foxes

Pillow - Felted Pillow

An article on a way to turn an old sweater into a pillow. Sewing Green

Pocket Handbag

Pocket Handbag

How to make a small, cute handbag using an old jeans or shorts pocket. This project only requires simple sewing skills so beginners and kids can sew this project.

Reupholster A Chair

Reupholster A Chair

Reupholster a chair and give it a bright and fun new seat with denim jeans. DIY Candy


Turn an old, unwanted sweater into awesome DIY Sweater Slippers with this easy tutorial! Busy Being Jennifer


Create your own pair of slippers from an old sweater. eHow

Sweater Box

Sweater Box

Upcycle that sweater by covering a box. Organized 31

Sweater Covered Lampshade

Transform a plain lampshade into something special. Beth Bryan Designs

Sweater Covered Pot

With this quick and easy tutorial, made a little pot cozy for indoor plants from an old sweater. A Cultivated Nest

Sweater Flowers

Turn old or thrift store sweaters into flowers. Whipper Berry

Sweater Handbag

With this easy sewing tutorial, turn a sweater into a handbag. A Crafty Mix

Sweater Lamp Shade

This lampshade makeover uses a sweater. A Cultivated Nest

Sweater Mittens

Transform an old sweater into a cozy pair of sweater mittens. Live About

Sweater Pillow

Sweater Pillow

Upcycle an old sweater that you no longer wear or no longer fits? Here is a DIY Sweater pillow tutorial. Reuse Grow Enjoy

Sweater Stockings

Learn how to upcycle old sweaters into Christmas stockings to adore the mantle. The Homeless Finch

Sweater Stool DIY

Upcycle an unwanted sweater into a cozy new bench or stool! Upcycle That

Sweater to Christmas Stocking

Sweater to Christmas Stocking

You can turn just about any sweater into a Christmas stocking. Check out this tutorial to learn how. Scratch and Stitch

Sweater Tree Decorations

A simple idea for an attractive Christmas decoration for the home - sweater trees. Find It Make It Love It

Sweater Wreath

This wreath upcycles no longer used sweaters and doesn't require sewing, so it’s super easy craft for kids to help put together. Dragonfly Fun

T-Shirt Embellishments

Ideas on re-purposing old sweaters scraps into embellishments on t-shirts. Make It & Love It

Wine Bottle Bags

Recycle old sweaters into cool wine bottle bags with these instructions. The Homeless Finch

Profile Photo

Annette & Chris are a mother/daughter team. We've brought you craft projects and tutorials through this web site for over 20 years.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Green Craft Shopping

Topics - 300x250 UltimateGreen/General/350x350

Looking for something you cannot find on our site? Click here to e-mail the Needlepointers Information department.

Copyright ©2003 - 2019 All Rights Reserved. | Powered by w3.css

Secured by RapidSSL