Monday, November 10, 2014

UPCYCLING: Sweater Sleeve to Heating Pad

Upcycled Sweater to Heating Pad via homework - carolynshomework (5)

Now that the weather is dipping, it’s time to bust out those old sweaters. Not to wear… to cut up. Whoever first came up with the upcycle sweater idea was a genius. I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of sweater crafts. You can use the sleeves to cover cans and jars, make stockings and more.




Upcycled Sweater to Heating Pad via homework - carolynshomework (9)For this project I used a sweater sleeve to make a rice filled heating pad.


Upcycled Sweater to Heating Pad via homework - carolynshomework (1)Start with your old sweater. This one was my son’s and it’s way too small now. I don’t know why we still had a boy’s size sweater in his closet (the things you find in your kid’s rooms).


Upcycled Sweater to Heating Pad via homework - carolynshomework (2)Cut off the sleeve and if you want add an embellishment. I used the argyle pattern from the body of the sweater to add a heart. A simple running stitch with bakers twine holds it on.


Upcycled Sweater to Heating Pad via homework - carolynshomework (6)Fold the bottom ends to the inside and stitch closed. I used a little bit of fabric glue to seal the bottom end and then stitched it closed to make sure it was secure.


Upcycled Sweater to Heating Pad via homework - carolynshomework (4)Fill the sleeve with rice and gather the top end. Stitch the top and gather your thread pulling tightly. Go around a few times to make sure it’s secure.


Upcycled Sweater to Heating Pad via homework - carolynshomework (3)Tie the top end off with ribbon or cording.


Upcycled Sweater to Heating Pad via homework - carolynshomework (8)Heat in the microwave for a minute or two. Check your pad every 30 seconds to that it doesn’t overheat. Heating will depend on how much rice you’ve used and your microwave.


Upcycled Sweater to Heating Pad via homework - carolynshomework (7)Use your heating pad to warm up with a cup of tea and a good book. You’ll be surprised at how long it retains heat. Enjoy!


 
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11 comments :

  1. Carolyn love this idea...what a great gift to give at Christmas...

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  2. Lovely idea, Carolyn! Thanks for sharing it!
    Hope you have a wonderful week!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  3. What a great idea! I know I have some old sweaters around here and I'm always cold in the winter, plus all the achy muscles.

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  4. This is so cute! I love it, and can't wait to make my very own!

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  5. This is adorable! Much better than the sock I'm currently using;)

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    1. That's so funny Ginnie. I was going to use a sock but didn't have one that was "presentable". I happened to find this sweater that didn't fit my son anymore. :)

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  6. Aww that heart is a nice touch. Hello from The Party Bunch.

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  7. I love everything you do, Carolyn!! Beautiful. Best wishes for happy gobble gobble. Linda Crafts a la Mode

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  8. GREAT IDEA!!! i work in a Long Term Care home and the ladies i care for are always looking for ways to 'give back', especially at this time of the year, and we try and support the Women's Shelter closeby. This is a WONDERFUL idea to supplement the warmth for both the women AND children that is so needed at Christmas...
    cheers

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  9. Great idea! If we don't have old sweaters at home, maybe we can find them at tag sales/garage sales! Or thrift shops. Sometimes I run across sweaters that are too small to wear. Also: We can make draft tubes to place in front of a drafty front door. The rice will keep it somewhat heavy and stable.

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