Hello, lovelies! How do you feel about recycling?
I think I’ve mentioned that I am all for it . If it’s not ratty, smelly, soiled, or tattered beyond repair, I usually keep old clothes in the hopes of turning them into something new.
If you look around Etsy, you’d notice some sellers using the tag “upcycled“, instead of recycled. Upcycling was a term coined by one Reiner Pilz in the mid-90’s to describe reusing things by giving them more value, not less. The opposite of upcycling is downcycling (duh) where materials are converted into something of lesser quality.
For example, an old T-shirt could be downcycled by turning it into a rag. You’re recycling it but it has been downgraded. Now, if you turn that T-shirt into a dress, then you’re upcycling it.
For this tutorial, I used a child’s old sweater and upcycled it into 3 new accessories: a knitted hat, arm warmers, and a headband. I got this sweater from a Freecycler who had kids. (If you haven’t heard of Freecycle yet, visit their website. I’ll make a post about it one of these days, don’t you worry.) It’s quite easy and you don’t even need a sewing machine for this project.
What You Need: scissors, a seam ripper, needle and thread, and a child’s old sweater (the label says 4/5).
How to Make your Arm Warmers: Let’s go through this clockwise, shall we?
Just make sure to reinforce the stitching around your thumb hole so it won’t fray. Here’s the finished product:
How to Make your Knitted Hat: Clockwise, please.
Joyful fell in love with the hat. He thought he and it shared the same nose. Teehee!
How to Make your Headband:
Just carefully cut out. This will only work if your sweater has a band like mine does.
That’s it, lovelies! I hope this inspires you to recycle or upcycle. Let’s keep still usable things from landfills, everyone! Have a lovely Sunday. See you Monday! 🙂