Buy 1 thrift store sweater or re-purpose an old sweater of your own to make 5 ideas that are easy and will warm your home during the cold months!
For our first project – a pillow cover!
Pick a pillow that you will insert into the sweater cover. I had this pillow on hand, it came from IKEA for $2.
Turn the sweater inside out and hot glue the bottom together, this will be the seam.
Turn the sweater right side out once the glue is cool.
Measure your pillow you’ll be inserting inside your pillow cover so you will know where to cut it next.
Cut the sweater across.
You can hot glue the new cut edges together if you are okay with leaving the pillow permanently in the sweater cover. I wanted to make my sweater cover removable so I decided to use Velcro that I purchased from Dollar Tree. Measure the amount of Velcro you will need on your sweater and cut it.
Hot glue “scratchy strip” of the Velcro to the outside of the front side of the sweater, and the soft strip of Velcro to the outside of the back side of the sweater. You can use self-adhesive Velcro if desired. There are also several colors of Velcro so you can find the color you like the best. High in side I maybe would have used black.
Insert the pillow, and flip the 2 sides of Velcro into each other and press together.
This will be the bottom of your pillow. If you don’t like seeing the Velcro, Turn the sweater inside out. Hot glue seams like you did in the first step. Next hot glue the Velcro to the on the inside of the sweater above the seams you just made. Turn your sweater right side out, put your pillow in, and press the Velcro together.
Second we are going to make a Door Draft Stopper.
This is what we have left of the sweater after the first project. You’ll need 2 tube socks, and rice to continue. My tube socks came from Dollar Tree, and my rice was from Walmart.
Fill both tube socks with rice.
Flip out one edge of the tube sock. Place hot glue on the turned out edge and press the other tube sock onto the hot glue. Continue all the way around to seal the sock.
This is what it should look like when you’re finished.
Cut your sweater sleeve and part of the chest of the remaining sweater to be on the outside of the socks.
Turn inside out and hot glue any edges that need to complete the tube shape. Turn right side out after glue cools. Slide rice sock pack into the sweater sleeve tube.
Slide rice sock pack into the sweater sleeve tube.
Hot glue the outside of the sweater sleeve ½ way around. Flip the sleeve inside and press together to seal. Repeat to the other side.
Place the door draft stopper in front of your door.
Third we are going to make a couple coffee cuffs
There is what we have left of the sweater for round 3
Cut the cuff edge.
Slide onto travel coffee mug… but wait here’s the 2nd one.
Cut another section of the sleeve.
Cut a slit in the section vertical.
Slide onto the mug and slip the handle through the slit. If your sweater had any embellishments feel free to glue them onto your sleeve to decorate, or add your own buttons, stickers, etc.
Fourth we are going to make a candle sleeve
Measure the candle you will be covering.
Cut another section off the sleeve
Slide the section onto the candle. Decide if you want it folded over or not, &/or whether you want to wrap around the bottom or be exposed above the bottom.
If your sweater had any embellishments feel free to glue them onto your sleeve to decorate, or add your own buttons, stickers, etc.
Fifth we are going to make a hand warmers.
There is what we have left of the sweater for round 5. Cut 2 rectangles
Hot glue 2 sides and fold together
Once the glue cools, flip the pocket inside out.
Put hot glue on one side on the outside of the sweater.
Flip both sides in and press together.
To use as a hand warmer, place in the microwave for a few seconds. It depends on the strength of your microwave but 10 seconds is enough in mine. Use to warm cold hands after coming in from outside. Warm and place inside your mitten for added warmth.
These also double as cold backs for sore muscles and boo boos. Place your hand warmer in the freezer. Pull out when you are ready to use it, and place back in the freezer when you’re finished.
And now you have 5 things from 1 thrift store sweater!
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