I’ve been fairly obsessed with refashioning sweaters this year, friends.
I hate being cold. And I hate wearing ho-hum boring sweaters. Luckily for me and like-minded DIYers, thrift stores are FULL of blank canvases (i.e. sweaters) that are rife (yes, rife!) with refashion potential!
That’s why I’m sharing this roundup of my favorite sweater refashion tutorials. Some are mine, and some are from other talented upcyclers you might not have met before!
Please pin this roundup or any tutorial you especially like so you can try one of these fun projects yourself!
How to Shorten a Sweater (without a Serger!)
Short roomy sweaters are trending! But why buy one new when you can just shorten a $1 thrift store sweater and get the same look?
Cardigan to Open Back Sweater
Trish over at Trish Stitched gave a ho-hum cardigan a gorgeous new look! I'll definitely be trying this one!
DIY Embellished Sweater
Shut. The. Front. Door. I am obsessed with this look *runs off in search of a beaded applique to repurpose*
How to Dip Dye a Sweater
Here's how to (and how NOT to) dip dye a sweater for an on-trend ombre look!
Pom-Pom Anthropologie Sweater Dupe
You can add a touch of whimsy to a sweater by attaching coordinating pom poms. Fun!
How to make a scarf from a sweater - no sew upcycle tutorial!
I love this no-sew cowl by Stephanie over at Swoodson Says. This project is perfect for old sweaters that have holes along the cuff or in the armpit.
Super Comfy Crumple Tie Dye (In a Bowl) Cropped Sweater
I used a super-easy dye technique to dye a plain white sweater a more interesting hue. I wear this sweater all the time, and I hope you'll try my bowl tie dye technique for yourself!
Tutorial: Refashion a sweater into a cardigan in 10 minutes!
Lisa at Cucicucicoo (is that not an adorable blog name?!) refashioned a pullover sweater into a cute cardigan. As a lover of cardigans myself, I'm going to have to try this!
Sweater into Cardigan Tutorial
Here's another pullover-to-cardigan refashion that uses pretty fabric for contrast and embellishment!
Turtleneck to Crew Neck Sweater Refashion
I refashioned this turtleneck sweater into a crew neck sweater and it was extremely easy too! Seriously. This takes less than 15 minutes.
DIY Love Applique Tutorial
It's not hard to see why I love (get it?) this idea. Just crochet a string and hand-stitch it to a sweater. Brilliant!
Pretty DIY Bow Sweater with Open Back
Just a simple tweak like adding a ribbon closure to the back of a sweater can really elevate it to fashionable new heights! Doesn't this sweater look high-end now?
DIY Ottolinger Deconstructed Sweater Knockoff
I DIYed my own version of a $1000 Ottolinger Deconstructed sweater...because no one should pay that much for a sweater. Seriously.
1940s Slash-neck Sweater Refashion
Charlotte at Tuppence Ha'penny gave a thrifted sweater vintage flair in this fabulous upcycle!
Darling DIY Dachshund Sweater Refashion
Some felt & fabric glue are all it takes to update a boring sweater with a silhouette applique of your favorite pet!
30 Minute DIY: Cardigan Embellishment
Looking for more felt embellishment sweater inspo? Here ya go!
Cable Knit Cardigan Sweater Refashion
Tiffany took this cardigan and turned it into a stylish pullover with a matching choker!
DIY One Shoulder Sweater Upcycle
Did I mention I hate turtlenecks? Yeah. Let me reiterate that.
DIY Zip Back
Adding a zipper to the back of a sweater gives it a bit of an edge, doesn't it?
Boxy Pullover Sweater to Drape Front Cardigan
If boxy sweaters just aren't your jam, you can refashion them into pretty flowy cardigans like this one!
How to Refashion a Sweater Vest into a Sweater
This is a great way to refashion a sweater with holes or stains on the body. Just add those sleeves to a sweater vest!
Chunky Sweater Refashion
This sweater refashion by Amy at Amy Nicole Studio is simple and oh-so-comfy looking.
Easy Bow Neck Sweater Refashion
Kate has some great beginner-friendly sweater refashion ideas, including adding a bow to the neck of an otherwise plain sweater.
DIY Prada Sweater Dupe
I made my own version of a $900 Prada sweater and you can too. And yes, I look a bit like a muppet in it.
I hope these ideas have left you inspired and ready to look at those boring thrift store sweaters in a new way!