Home décor with a purpose of repurposing.

Felt That

Felted sweater pillow


t’s a sad day when one of your favorite wool sweaters accidentally gets washed in the washing machine; it’s an even worse day for whose fault it is (Bill!). But, it’s always good to make the most of a bad situation. I’ve discovered that washed and tumble dried wool sweaters make awesome felted fabric, and that fabric makes awesome pillows.

When Jennifer Serr of The Sewing Room in Alameda offered a class in felted sweater pillows, I was the first to sign up. I finally had a use for those shrunken sweaters stuffed in the back corner of my closet. I was surprise how easy the fabric was to cut and sew. It has a nice hand, and doesn’t fray. Plus, you can create any design your mind comes up with, combining colors, patterns, and textures.

felted wine cozies

Recently, studio neighbor, Erinn Larsen of Craving Color on Etsy, started making wine cozies with felted wool sweaters. Lucky for her, I had a couple wool sweaters with holes and stains to offer up for the felting. Here’s a photo of her cozy cozies at the Holiday Fair at Redux.

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3 responses to “Felt That”

  1. Alana says:

    Ooh, you could make coffee insulator sleeves too. Hey, do you know anyone who makes little felted doo-dads you could decorate them with? I bet you do… 😉

  2. Kristine says:

    Love these ideas and the coffee insulator idea too! I have a pile a sweaters that have moths holes in them just waiting to be re-purposed. What a great holiday gift idea! Old wool sweaters could also be re-purposed into non-breakable ornaments.

  3. michelle says:

    Nice, Nicky!! Love the pillow and the cozy cat sleeping nearby!

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