My addiction to recycled sweater pants has turned into a problem - a storage problem. I have at least two large totes of wool sweaters, sweater bodies, sweater arms, sweater ribbing....Ack!
Yet I can't bring myself to throw any of it away. I thought if we put our collective creative brains together, we could come up with some uses for the wool sweater leftovers, other than the obvious pants, shorts and soakers.
Here is my list so far:
1. Wool patchwork blankets
these, no real pattern required.
2. Stuffed animals
Hmm, wonder what pattern I could use?
for bendy dolls. Selena's detail is amazing.
4. Cut sweater into strips, wrap into ball, and use as core for wool felt balls. Points for frugality.
7. Slippers/soft shoes
8. Hats and mittens. Link for mitten pattern
9. Mama pad holders
10. Bean bags
12. Braided rug. patchwork rug
13. Diaper bag
15. Bags eg satchels/nappy bags - these wear really well
16. Toys/animals - teddy, sheep is good, depends on colour really
17. Rugs - pathwork or otherwise - again, if well-felted, should wear well
18. Jackets - think of those ones made out of woolen blankets with
blanket stitch around the edge
19. Growbag type sleeping bags, sleep sac or nightgown
20. Wool diaper liners
21. To co-ordinate with wool longies, try a square (or other shape) patch
of the felted fabric sewn to the front of a sleep top eg t-shirt or flannel
PJ top. Or as a trim eg around the hem.
22. Gnomes & stuffed pocket animals (and for the pockets!)
23. Sewing 'cards'-- cut two identical, simple shapes and give to
pre-schooler with a blunt needle and thin wool and let them whipstitch
24. Baby's wool ball-- cut twelve pentagons and sew together with wool or
cotton floss, then stuff with unraveled wool sweater leavings...
25. Unravel them (the un-felted ones) if you knit, and they're gorgeous!
Directions at www.nouveau.com
26. Nursing pads
27. Appliques for soakers, pants and shorts.
28. Wool skirt
29. Felted coasters
30. Felted beverage holder
31. Wool changing pad or mattress pad
32. Hot pads
33. Cat bed (my 1986 hand-knit-by-me mohair sweater has met this fate.)
34. Biodegradable plant mulch/weed barrier
35. Dog sweater, sheep sweater, goat sweater :-)
36. Gag gift: sew scratchy wool sweater into a negligee for a bridal shower.
37. Tea or coffee cosy
38. Tacky cover for kid's bike helmet
39. For a fly fisher, fly-tying material
40. Cage liner for a hamster :-) Mouse nesting material
41. Christmas stockings
42. Christmas ornaments
Ok, so I admit that I am better at finding other people's inspiring uses for wool than coming up with my own ideas (see item #4)
, but it's a starting point.
So what ideas do you have?
I'll add them to the list as mamas post!