Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A Sweater into a Poncho

Repurposing sweaters has been of great interest to me lately. Every fall I go through my wardrobe and find one or two things that are in pretty good shape but I no longer wear. I thought I would take this old, pink sweater and make a poncho for my youngest daughter.

In order to create a denser material I felted the sweater. It is very easy to felt a sweater. First you put it in the washer on a hot/cold cycle with a towel. After it is done you check to see if it is the proper texture for the project. If not, it can be washed many times. When you are satisfied with the texture the sweater can be hung to dry or put in the dryer. One hundred percent wool sweaters felt the best but partially wool sweaters can also be felted. I like this process because it prevents the fabric from unravelling when cut.

This sweater had a lovely v-neck and I decided to use that for the neckline of the poncho. I cut the arms off and measured the length on my 2 year old daughter.

I then sewed from the shoulders (approximately) 3 inches down leaving lots of room for arm movement. This part of the poncho would depend on the size of the child.

I cut the bottom of the poncho into a curved shaped.

I added a zigzag stitch around the edge for decoration. The pocket is for collecting all the wonderful things we find on our fall walks. I cut out a few felted hearts and sewed them on for decoration.

Of course, we also had to make a puppy out of the leftover material.


  1. Great idea! I love the puppy - and the poncho!

  2. Both the puppy and the poncho are adorable! I have a couple of cashmere sweaters that I cringe to think about getting rid of, but they are beyond their use for me. I'm inspired now.

  3. what a clever idea! It is so cute!