Saturday, February 2, 2013

What Not To Toss Weekend: Make mittens & hats from old sweaters!

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Remember this little sweater that became a cardigan?Make mittens & hats out of old sweaters - choosetothrive.blogspot.com

Well it’s too small for kid #6 and has a few stains here and there which makes passing it down to younger kids a no-go.

Time to trash that striped number, right?

Wait! Don’t toss that!

With a little Edward Scissorhands love, that sweater or cardigan can yield mittens and hats --even with those pesky stains.

(Good thing, too, since winter in Utah this year has been a little like living on the ice planet Hoth. Add to that six kids who keep jumping head-first into snow drifts and I’m having a hard time keeping enough dry hats and mittens around.)

*Cue the back ups.*

Chop off the sleeves and nix any trim or zippers. Open plain sweaters up along a side seam.

sweaters to hats

Use a hat for your guide  and make sure you have enough material to cut twice the length of your hat + side seam allowance.

Make mittens & hats out of old sweaters - choosetothrive.blogspot.com

Cut the extra fabric away and fold in half with right sides together.

Cut around hat leaving room for a seam allowance.

Make mittens & hats out of old sweaters - choosetothrive.blogspot.com

Stitch around the top and serge or zig zag the raw edges.

Make mittens & hats from old sweaters - choosetothrive.blogspot.com

And those stains? Yeah, totally covered them with some scrap t-shirt fabric. Just stitched in place.

Make mittens & hats from old sweaters - choosetothrive.blogspot.com

I got one kids size hat out of this 5T sweater. Adult sizes would easily yield a hat from both the front and back pieces.

So don’t stop there!

What about those sleeves? Or any extra sweater material?

When I opened up the sleeves, I realized I had enough material for another hat.

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Trim up the arm and scrap pieces to even rectangles.  Measure from the border and trim pieces 1/2” longer than the height of your finished hat.

Make mittens & hats out of old sweaters - choosetothrive.blogspot.com

Fold each piece in half and round the raw edge at the top to match the curve of your hat piece …

Make mittens & hats from old sweaters - choosetothrive.blogspot.com

… so that it looks like this.

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Then just pin and stitch together. Serge or zig zag edges.

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Done and done, right?

Nope.

There’s still left over material from the tops of the sleeves. What about that?

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Mittens!

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That same t-shirt scrap kicked out two more little hearts while the folded sleeve edge made some quick and easy seam binding for the cuffs.

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So …

Trash-bound sweater?

Make mittens & hats from old sweaters - choosetothrive.blogspot.com

It’s What-Not-To-Toss This Weekend!

nike

Oh … and one more thing.

On behalf of all Utah residents:

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8 comments:

  1. This a great idea. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

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  2. Nike, you are so creative! That is a fantastic idea, and the hats & mittens turned out soooo cute!

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  3. Wow! I would never had thought of getting a hat from the sleeves. You did a great job, thank you for posting the tutorial. I'm headed to my garage sale pile; its yucky in MI too.

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  4. Like you, I hate to throw anything away. I started with 2 sweaters to make 2 pillows, but couldn't just throw the sleeves away. I turned the sleeves from one sweater into mittens and the sleeves from the other sweater into gift bags. Here's my sweater sleeve mittens: http://organized31.blogspot.com/2013/01/repurposed-sweater-valentines-pillow.html

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  5. As always adorable and inspiring.

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  6. I seriously love your rock-what-ya-got approach to life. Thank you for all the inspiration (and I'm not just talking about craft ideas). You really are inspiring. PS, I love your note to winter - made me smile!!

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