Unlike almost every other post on this blog, this post isn’t crochet-specific. However, I’m really in love right now with the tutorials that so many people are putting out showing how to upcycle old sweaters into cool new things. Whether it’s newer clothing, home decor or something else, the upcycled sweater can become a really fun item that’s often easy to create. It’s a great way to take old crochet, knit and other sweaters and make them into something totally new and awesome. So today I’m sharing links to 20 wonderful tutorials for upcycled sweater crafts I’ve seen around the web.

1. Upcycled Sweater Vases

upcycled sweater vase craft

There are many different variations for taking old sweaters and turning them into great household vases for decor. The tutorial for this one is free from The Girl By The Sea.

2. Upcycled Sweater Slippers

upcycled sweater craft slippers

We Can Re-Do It shares a free craft tutorial for making these upcycled sweater slippers

3. Upcycled Sweater Mittens

upcycled sweater craft mittens

The free tutorial for these upcycled sweater mittens is over at Organized 31. I saw it via @makeandtakes thanks to a link on @sulia.

4. Upcycled Sweater Wreath

upcycled sweater craft wreath

Wreaths are so popular in craft home decor right now. @adrienneaudrey of Crafty Little Gnome shares a free craft tutorial for an upcycled sweater wreath.

5. Upcycled Sweater Legwarmers

Legwarmers are one of the quickest and easiest ways to upcycle old sweaters. This free craft tutorial comes from @BeautyByElisa.

6. Upcycled Sweater Cowl

upcycled sweater cowl

My Recycled Bags upcycled a sweater into a crochet-edged cowl. She also then used the sleeve to make an cupcyled plastic bag holder.

7. Upcycled Sweater Boots

upcycled sweater craft boots

I adore these upcycled sweater boots. Free tutorial from @instructables.

8. Upcycled Sweater Beanie

Craft tutorial via @pinkwhen

9. Upcycled Sweater Pillows

upcycled sweater pillow case craft

@maidenjane shares the free craft instructions for making upcycled sweater pillows

10. Upcycled Sweater Tote

upcycled sweater tote craft

The Renegade Seamstress does a lot of great fashion upcycling tutorials. In this one she upcycles a sweater into a winter tote bag.

11. Upcycled Sweater Puppets

upcycled sweater puppet

Turn old sweaters into puppets with this free @marthastewart craft tutorial.

12. Upcycled Sweater T-shirt

upcycled sweater tshirt craft

@RockingAroundThe shares a three-in-one tutorial for upcycling the same sweater into a heart applique for a T-shirt, elbow patches and a collar.

13. Upcycled Sweater Armwarmers with Pocket

upcycled sweater arm warmers

You can upcycle sweaters into armwarmers or fingerless gloves in a lot of ways. I chose this free tutorial because I love the phone pocket that’s added to it.

14. Upcycled Sweater Tablet Cozy

@mesewcrazy1 shares this upcycled sweater tablet cozy tutorial

15. Upcycled Sweater Skirt

upcycled sweater skirt

@DIYStyle shares a free tutorial for an upcycled sweater skirt

16. Upcycled Sweater Lamp

upcycled sweater lamp

@freecraft shared the info for making an upcycled sweater lamp; I love knit and crochet lamps!

17. Upcycled Sweater Vest

upcycled sweater vest

@danawillard shares a free tutorial for upcycling an adult sweater into a kids’ sweater vest. So cute!

18. Upcycled Pet Sweater

upcycled dog sweater

@diydelray shares a free tutorial for upcycling a human sweater into a dog sweater

19. Upcycled Sweater Dog Toys

upcycled sweater dog toy

@tailsmagazines shares a free tutorial for upcycling sweaters into dog toys

20. Upcycled Sweater Stocking

upcycled sweater stocking craft

@DIYNetwork shares a free craft tutorial for upcycled sweater stockings … in case you’re ready to get a jump on stuff for next Christmas!

And a bonus

crochet knit sweater

As a bonus I thought I’d re-shared the knit sweater that I myself upcycled by adding crochet to it. I lengthened it with rows of crochet and I added some crochet circles to look like buttons down the front. It is still one of my favorite sweaters. And it was easy to do because the knitwork was already openwork enough that I was able to easily add rows of crochet without having to do any sewing.


San Francisco based and crochet-obsessed writer, dreamer and creative spirit!


  1. lyndamotvos Reply

    Love all these great upcycle ideas. I have a tie-dyed arm of sweater as bag holder in bath, another as cup holders. Your idea-collation is superb !~!

  2. CrochetBlogger Reply

    lyndamotvos Sounds like some great upcycling in your home!

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