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How to upcycle a wool sweater into a funky stuffie

Upcycle a Wool Sweater Into a Funky Stuffie

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Felt a wool sweater. Thrift stores are great for damaged sweaters to 'relove'! I usually wash the sweater in hot water then dry it on high. Sometimes you can find felted sweaters at the thrift store.

Felt a wool sweater. Thrift stores are great for damaged sweaters to 'relove'! I usually wash the sweater in hot water then dry it on high. Sometimes you can find felted sweaters at the thrift store.

Design a pattern. I sketched a bunny then cut out a front & back for my bunny stuffie.

Design a pattern. I sketched a bunny then cut out a front & back for my bunny stuffie.

Here's the front & back. I then used buttons & felt for the face & ears. I hand-stitched using an embroidery needle & thread.

Here's the front & back. I then used buttons & felt for the face & ears. I hand-stitched using an embroidery needle & thread.

Here's the front. The buttons are nifty thrift store finds!

Here's the front. The buttons are nifty thrift store finds!

First I pin the front & back together then hand-stitch along the edges. Once 3/4 of the bunny is stitched together I then add Eco Fill to the inside.

First I pin the front & back together then hand-stitch along the edges. Once 3/4 of the bunny is stitched together I then add Eco Fill to the inside.

Once you've added as much 'stuffing' as you feel necessary then finish stitching up your stuffie. And here he is - Bob the Bunny.

Once you've added as much 'stuffing' as you feel necessary then finish stitching up your stuffie. And here he is - Bob the Bunny.

Once you've created one stuffie it's easy enough to make more. Try different patterns, upcycled wool sweaters, etc. These are great gifts!

  • Felted wool sweater
  • Buttons
  • Embroidery floss
  • Eco fill
  • Felt sheet