I originally shared this project on Life After Laundry.
Being a military family, with moves coming every 1 to 3 years, I prefer to use repurposed and upcycled items to organize and craft with. That way if I don’t have room in the next house, I can recycle them and not feel guilty. Plus, I enjoy the process of upcycling an object into something new and useful. Upcycled sweaters are one of my favorite items to use. They’re so pretty and there are so many different ways you can upcycle them.
Now is the perfect time to start going through your closets and getting rid of sweaters that you won’t be wearing or don’t need any more. Of course, donating those sweaters is always a great idea, but sometimes I have a favorite sweater that is hard to part with. Last year, I turned just such a sweater into an Easy Upcycled Sweater Box for free. If you don’t already have a sweater, you can pick one up from a thrift store
You’ll need a sweater (I started with a favorite sweater that the hubby gave me but that had seen better days), a shoe box, scissors, packing tape and glue dots (glue dots really work best for this, but you could use double-stick tape).
Slip the box into the bottom of the sweater. You want the finished hem of the sweater to fold into the inside edge of the box so it will hold up and not fray. Pull the finished edge of the sweater hem into the inside of the box and down about an inch. If your sweater has a pattern, make sure the pattern is straight all around the box. Pull the finished edge of the sweater hem into the inside of the box and down about an inch. If your sweater has a pattern, line the pattern, make sure the pattern is straight all around the box.
Using glue dots, stick the finished hem down evenly around the inside of the box. You want the finished edge inside the box to keep if from fraying during use.
Measure twice because the sweater will move around and stretch on you and then cut the extra sweater away.
Use packing tape to stick all the cut edges down well on the bottom of the box.
In about 10 minutes and for free (or minimal cost), you have a pretty and useful box for organizing all kinds of things.
Do you have any old sweaters that could be upcycled?
I’m a mom of 3, a veteran and military spouse. I’ve moved into 20+ homes all around the world. My passion is helping busy people make the space and time for what’s really important to them.