Crafts With Old Cashmere Sweaters

Written by mercedes valladares
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Crafts With Old Cashmere Sweaters
Repurpose cashmere sweaters into ponchos by cutting off sleeves and bottom hems. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Eco conscious designers as well as home crafters can turn frumpy old cashmere sweaters into a myriad of thrifty items. Mix and match knitted patterns into blankets or a quilt-like cosy for kitchen items such as toasters or kettles. Make trendy headbands, scarf, gloves or hats as well. Decorate your living space by transforming the luscious wool into home decor items such as throw pillows.

Home Decor Pillows and Toys

Budget-conscious home decorators can jazz up an old armchair or sofa with a cashmere throw pillow. For instance, cut out the back of a cardigan sweater for the front of the pillow. Use the pillow as your guide for the cut-out shape. Use the front cardigan panels for the back of the pillow. This allows you to insert an invisible zipper or buttons to hold the pillow in place. Another option is to add decorative cording and tassels in complementary colours for a designer finish. Take the same sweater and make a soft teddy bear for a friendly addition to a child's playroom.

Winter Accessories

Make hats, gloves, mittens and scarves from oversized, droopy cashmere sweaters. By cutting the sleeves open at the seam and carefully around the armhole, you automatically create a flat panel to pin patterns for your winter accessories. Recycle any buttons from the sweater as an added economical and thrifty trim for the accessory item. Cut the sweater into square blocks and make a long, patchwork-inspired scarf.

Cashmere Headbands with Flower Trim

Finishing a garment or accessory with trimmings instantly adds interest to the original design concept. Make a variety of headbands with cashmere. Most headbands finish at 21-, 22-, and 23-inch lengths for sizes small, medium and large. Another alternative is to measure around your head for a customised headband. Make a flower-shaped paper pattern to trim the headband with a cashmere flower. By hand-sewing a basting stitch in a circle pattern at the centre of the flower and pulling the thread tail, the flower forms. Make two to three layer flowers as a trendy trim for your cashmere headband.

Kitchen Decor Items

Revamp your living space, including the kitchen, by making cosies. These items can include buttons, zippers and snaps to finish the cosies for toasters, teakettles, coffee pots and grills. The cosy keeps the items free from dust during non-use. The recycled cashmere cosy can also spruce up an old favourite coffee mug.

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