As the weather even in California gets nippy, I’ve begun to raid my closet for sweaters. Some sweaters loose style after a while and a gray cardigan I used to love did just that so I turned it into a turtleneck. Are you surprised? By now, I hope not. But I ended up with so many scraps. Little sweater scraps that I wanted to use in a strategic project that really accentuates their fun texture and pattern. An upcycled sweater trivet, anyone? These geometric upcycled sweater trivets whip up fast, even a beginner can make them, and they make wonderful gifts. I plan to give mine to my dad and his girlfriend.
These upcycled sweater trivets offer a fantastic way to use up sweaters you don’t wear but don’t want to toss. Or just sweater scraps. Most upcycled sweater projects require cutting into sweaters and leaving tons of little scraps. I used wool felt for the dark pieces. Want felt without buying felt? Throw a wool sweater into the wash and put it in the dryer. We all know what happens when you do that!
Just because, here’s a picture of the cardigan turned turtleneck. If you want to see more stuff that I never post here, just check out my Instagram because that’s where I tend to post one-off projects I don’t blog about, tons of refashions and other ideas.
DIY Upcycled Sweater Trivets
- Sweater or sweater scraps
- 1/4 yard felt wool (or a sweater you hot washed on accident)
- 1/4 yard linen and/or bias binding
- Notions: thread, scissors, pins
- Sewing Machine (you could do these by hand, but they would take longer
1. Cut your sweater scraps and some of your felt into triangles, enough for your desired pattern. For this, I just made a little triangle template and began to cut. You don’t need your triangle to be equilateral but you do need your triangles to be congruent (woah, throwing those high school geometry terms around like what?). What this means is your triangle sides don’t need to be the same length, but your triangles must be the same triangle.
2. Align your triangles into your desired pattern and then place them on a piece of felt, sides touching. Pin all the triangles.
3. Zig-zag stitch over the edge of all your triangles. I just did this in long lines down each diagonal until all sides were covered. I pushed the edges together as tight as they would go as I sewed. Sew a straight stitch around the perimeter of your trivet.
4. Cut out a piece of backing fabric (I used linen). Then cut out several two-inch bias pieces diagonal across the grain of your fabric. If you’re stressed out by what this means, just buy wide biased tape from the fabric store.
5. Right sides together, sew your bias tape to one edge of your trivet, against the back first. Fold the biased tape over your edge and sew a neat edge-stitch. Repeat for all sides until all sides are finished.
Go use your trivets! Or give them as gifts. What are some other ways to upcycle sweaters, leave in the comments below!