Sunday, 8 November 2009

Recycled Sweater

This week, for the first time, I am taking part in Metamorphosis Monday over at Susan's Between Naps on the Porch, so please click on the link and take yourself over to see all the wonderful ideas by those also taking part.

Months ago my husband had a clear out of his wardrobe and had thrown a couple of sweaters into the rag bag. When I saw them, I thought they were too good to just throw away, so I kept them with the idea of selling them at a car boot. Well, that never happened and then I read somewhere about felting wool. This involves washing pure wool items on a hot wash to shrink it and 'felt' it.

This is a photo to give you an idea of how large the sweater was to begin with:

Now the sweater above isn't the one I 'felted' because I forgot to take a 'before' picture of the one I actually used. This one is being used to show you how much the sweater shrunk.

I have to admit that even though the sweater was headed for the rag bag, I still had to steel myself to put it in the washing machine and turn the dial to the maximum programme. Could I really do it? Could I?

Well, I did, and here is the actual garment. Remember, it was the same size as the sweater you've seen previous:

I decided to use the main part as a hot water bottle cover and the rest may be turned into Christmas decorations of some kind.

Well, husband saw me in the throws of cutting up his sweater and wailed 'That's my jumper you're cutting up!' I reminded him that he'd thrown it in the rag bag months before. 'That's not the point - it's a good jumper and you're cutting it up!' I pointed out that after he'd thrown it out he'd have no control over what happened to it whoever owned it. He went off muttering under his breath and I carried on cutting.

My new hot water bottle cover:

And I have to say it is sooooo cosy, and in the middle of the night when a bare hot water bottle can feel soooo cold, this one now retains a little warmth and so it doesn't get thrown out of bed.

I realise this is a very small project compared to some of the wonderful things on Met Monday, but I'm very happy to have recycled with very pleasant results.




  1. I coulnd't believe it when I read your blog post. I did this same process several years ago and used the wool to make mittens. Got the idea from an article in Country Living Magazine, I think. I still have the pattern!
    I think it's one of the most clever ways of reusing something I've seen to date.
    Great job! And....thanks for your nice comment on my blog.

  2. Hi Andi and it's so nice to meet you. This was a great little project! I'm sure it feels so soft against your skin.
    My daughter and her husband used to live in Otley! We visited a couple of times and had a ball.
    Thanks for popping in to see me and I do hope you'll come back sometimes.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. Hi Andi, nice to e-meet you :), and I LOVE how you reused the sweater! Actually, I love that you even use a hot water bottle...I don't think its done much here in the states, unless I'm just totally out of the loop? It sounds so cozy, especially with this adorable cover you've made for it.

    Have a wonderful week-

  4. Hi. I had read in a magazine about doing this and making felt pieces. I think yours came out so nicely--It makes one want to have a water bottle!

  5. O, I am so glad to meet you..thanks much for stopping by my place today. It just thrilled the peepee out of me that you think my hall if British. I am thrilled that I want to post your comment on my post. You are so sweet.
    That hot water bottle cover is the cutest thing I've ever seen. Just precious. You are a smart and talented lady. Please come back to see me. I will sign up to follow you and learn all I can about your woonderful country...:)
    xo bj

  6. It sure is funny how hubbys agree to get rid of things until you want to cut them and use them for something else.
    I love the hot water bottle wrap...I need one!
    It looks way better then that rubber against your skin!

    Thank you for sharing!

  7. I love the hot water bottle cover, it must be really snuggly and warm. I'd better have a look through Mr F's wardrobe and see if he needs to get rid of anything.


  8. i love your blog banner and all your little trinkets and treasures in the little shelflings! how fabulous! love the water bottle cover too great idea ;0)xx


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