Old wool jackets have a variety of uses for crafting or "upcycling" for other purposes when their life as a usable garment is over. Wool jackets for adults tend to have generous yardage, and many crafters can get numerous projects from one garment. Inspect the jacket for signs of wear and moths prior to using it, and make sure you cut these areas out and discard them. Linings can be incorporated into various projects if they are in decent shape, and buttons, zippers and other trimmings can be reused.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Sewing machine
- Woven fabric
- Embroidery floss
Make a handbag. Adult-sized wool jackets have enough yardage to create a mid-sized handbag. Additionally, the jacket lining can be repurposed for the lining of your handbag if it is in good condition. Many handbag patterns can be adapted to use the fabric from your jacket, and there are books on the market about upcycling materials into handbags.
Create a stuffed animal. Stuffed animals or softies can be created from wool jackets of any weight, but keep in mind that it is easier to turn corners on lighter weight wool fabrics. Softie patterns can be found in books and on the Internet, or you can create your own. Cut out the pattern and use buttons for eyes if the softie is going to an older child, and embroider on facial features for younger children.
Make a quilt or throw. If you have numerous wool jackets to upcycle, consider cutting them apart to make a wool quilt. Patchwork quilts are relatively simple projects and can be made from a variety of materials including various weights of wool fabric. Cut strips of fabric from the jackets, discarding the linings, trim and fittings, and sew them together in long strips. Sew the long strips together to make blocks and keep adding until you have reached your desired dimensions. Layer a lighter weight fabric backing, batting and the wool top together. Tie using embroidery floss, and bind the edges using the lighter weight fabric.
Make scarves. Cut strips of fabric from the jacket about eight inches wide of varying lengths. Sew them together in a strip about 60 inches long. Use a lighter weight fabric to line the scarf and hide the seams if desired.
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