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Felting Wool Sweaters

By: Paige Russell for
Felting Wool Sweaters
Felting Wool Sweaters
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There are a number of ways you can make felt, but Felting Wool Sweaters is one of the easiest methods. Learn how to felt a wool sweater with this helpful tutorial. Complete with step-by-step photos and helpful troubleshooting tips and tricks, this article will make you a felting expert in no time. This is a frugal method for making felt. Simply go to the thrift store and purchase a few wool sweaters for next to nothing, or upcycle some old sweaters you no longer like wearing. This is a great recycling craft for Earth day or any day of the year!

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueRepurposing


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Brilliant! Just what I was looking for to use the old sweater stash in a new way.

This would work well with old 100% skirts too. I found a moth hole right in the front of a wool skirt and plan to felt it. What I'd like is some ideas on what to make with the felted fabric besides the obvious - purses, totes, vests and the like.

You can also make placemats, coaters, patches for blankets and quilts, and they make cute flowers too! You can make different styles/colors of felt flowers (if you want to use the same fabric from your skirt you can dye them different colors or try bleaching for different effects) and use as embellishments for other crafts or make a buquet of felt flowers! I hope one or some of these ideas were helpful. Have fun!

I love this idea, not just for the mittens, but the felting. I was so please to see the instructions for how to reuse sweaters. It so much more fun to shop when you know you will be able to reuse the item later. Plus now when I see sweaters that are marked 95% off but are the wrong size, I can buy them anyway! I'm ready to see if the "dots" have moved at my local discount store. Thanks to all of the contributors to this site. I share it with my friends as much as possible and try to utilize the affiliate links when I can. Keep up the GREAT work. Donna a collector of craft projects, too

I had no idea you could make your own felt. This is great especially since you use old sweaters that have seen their better days and either shrunk up already or have holes in them. Thank you for the info


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