ReUse: Sweater into Mittens

It’s no secret that crafters love to reuse materials from everyday items to bring a creation to life. Repurposing outdated, torn, or just plain blah clothing into new, usable items is a great way to live a little greener and save a few dollars on supplies.

Recently, I saw a simple step-by-step on the Etsy blog, The Storque on how to use an old sweater to make new mittens. [LINK!]

(image from The Storque)

I have the pleasure of babysitting my niece after school on weekdays and she is the most crafty Kindergartener in the world. She loves to make things with Aunt Jessie and Aunt Jessie loves to chance to teach her something new.

Last week we decided it was time to do some sewing. Kay*, my niece, chose the decorations and helped with the tracing. Aunt Jessie did the cutting and sewing. I dug through my clothes and found a sweater that had been sitting unloved at the bottom of a pile. I wish I would have taken a before photo, but here are the results!

Her mittens – Buttons and lace were the decorations of the day!

My mittens!

 

You’ll be seeing more of this grey (gray?) sweater soon, makers! I was able to do a little more scavenging with the remaining material. So far, I’d say this sweater has already had a great second life!

 

We’d love to see your repurposing projects! Post in the comments section :)

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Crochet: Get Started with SC!

Single Crochet Projects

The single crochet stitch (SC) is one of the most basic stitches but there is no limit to what you can make. Believe it or not, all you need is a little practice, a touch of creativity, and a whole lot of imagination.

A good way to start is usually by making scarves (in my opinion). Since it is simple, and only requires knowing how to make a chain stitch and a single crochet (SC), it is really good for practice. Once you’ve mastered making a SC, you can do more variations.

To start, you mostly need two things.

HOOK: Various sizes. I began with a variety pack.

YARN:  Color of choice of course =)

(image credit: bonnieskozyknit.com)

I have two projects I am working on currently. One is a cowl scarf (absolutely love them because if you make one large enough, it becomes a hood too!), and the other is a mug cozy (requested by my sister).

Here are some past projects where I used the single crochet stitch.

Tissue Cover: I actually think this could double as a bag of sorts haha.

Cell Phone Sock: Buttons are one of my favorite things to add (and ribbons!).

Cup Sleeve: Going green!

Crochet Bracelet

I will be posting my own tutorial on the single crochet in the near future. But in the meantime, if you are curious or would like a head start, do a quick internet search. There’s a lot of great written tutorials and videos online. (Library is a good place too!)

Cheers Misc. Makers!