These Upcycled sweater slippers are the perfect solution to cold toes! All you need is an old sweater, needle, thread and scissors!
Do you have an old sweater you love or saved for a fun project? Turn turn that old, unwanted sweater into awesome DIY Sweater Slippers with this easy tutorial!
In less than a half hour, you can turn an old, forgotten sweater into the coziest slippers for your feet! In no time, your toes will be toasty warm.
Hey, I am back with a new repurposing post! In case you missed my introduction in the Sweater Mittens post, I am Valerie. I am a Mom to 5 kids ages 19, 15, 5, 3, and 1 with a grandbaby due in June.
We live in west Michigan and help run a family hobby farm. We do our best to raise our food and repurpose what we can to keep a small footprint. We try to live as frugal as possible so that I am able stay home with our kids. With so many kids we have all extra circular area covered, from starting 4H this year to sports and volunteering at an animal rescue.
With all the cut up bits of sweater layering from the sweater mittens I made, I figured I had to find something to do with them. Slippers can to mind first because my feet are ALWAYS cold. These upcycled sweater slippers are the perfect solution!
What You Need to Make Upcycled Sweater Slippers
~ Old Sweater (if you don’t have one, head over to the thrift store–they always have a ton)
~Sewing Machine (This is a great starter sewing machine!)
How to Make these Upcycled Slippers from a Sweater
Cut the wrists off the sleeve of an old sweater. The length of your cut from the wrist determines the length of the ankle of your slipper. I like 4-6 inches. Cut both sleeves together so they are the same length.
Lay the sweater flat and fold in half. Trace the foot for the slipper or use a shoe to determine your size. If tracing a foot allow ¾ to 1 inch, for shoes only allow ½ inch. You should have 4 layers. Cut all layers at once.
Lay out the pieces so you have a slipper for each foot. Turn your fabric so the right sides are out. You are NOT sewing the foot of this inside out.
Stack the top slipper pieces and fold in half, cut a semi circle out. This will be your foot hole. Pin the sleeve to the inside of the hole. Sew this seam. Trim excess seam as needed.
Place the bottom part of the slipper and pin edges together. Sew around the perimeter. Remove pins. Trim any excess fabric from around seam.
Using a large needle and yarn, stitch around edge of slipper.
Ta-Da, sweater upcycle project complete!
**Note, for added thickness in the sole of these slippers stack multiple layers of fabric for the bottom piece. OR you can add pieces of felt, just cut in the same sole pieces shape as the bottom layer of sweater.
And there you have it! You’ve successfully turned an old sweater into upcycled slippers! I’ve been wearing these cozy things non stop for the last couple weeks and I’ve got to tell you my toes have never been cozier!
You can use any remaining fabric you don’t use from this slippers pattern to make so many other things like leg warmers, boot socks, fingerless gloves, those recycled sweater mittens I talked about before or a gnome for home decor.
A wool sweater has never seen the last of it’s days with me! And this pair of slippers is everything I could have hoped and more.
Thanks so much for this Awesome upcycle project Valerie! I’m definitely going to be on the look out for a sweater to turn into my very own cozy upcycled sweater slippers!
Upcycled Sweater Slippers
Have an old sweater you love or saved for a fun project? Turn turn that old, unwanted sweater into awesome Upcycled Sweater Slippers with DIY tutorial!
- Old Sweater
- Sewing Machine
- Straight Pins
- Sharp scissors
- Large needle
- Cut the wrists off the sweater. The length of your cut from the wrist determines the length of the ankle of your slipper. I like 4-6 inches. Cut both sleeves together so they are the same length.
- Lay the sweater flat and fold in half. Trace the foot for the slipper or use a shoe to determine your size. If tracing a foot allow ¾ to 1 inch, for shoes only allow ½ inch. You should have 4 layers. Cut all layers at once.
- Lay out the pieces so you have a slipper for each foot. Turn your fabric so the right sides are out. You are NOT sewing the foot of this inside out.
- Stack the top slipper pieces and fold in half, cut a semi circle out. This will be your foot hole. Pin the sleeve to the inside of the hole. Sew this seam. Trim excess seam as needed.Place the bottom on your slipper and pin edges together. Sew around the perimeter. Remove pins. Trim any excess fabric from around seam.
- Using a large needle and yarn, stitch around edge of slipper.
- Ta-Da, upcycled sweater slippers!
**Note, for added thickness in the sole of these slippers stack multiple layers for the bottom piece. OR you can add a felt layer, just cut in the same shape as the bottom layer of sweater
Elle Spann says
this is awesome!! thanks for the idea 🙂
Southern Elle Style
What a great idea! These look so cosy!
What a great idea. I would wear slippers like that.
Heather @ Viral Upcycle says
Cool upcycle Jennifer, you make it look really easy.. tempting. Great job!
Oh My Heartsie Girl says
These look so warm and toasty and remind me of Mukluks when I was a kid.
Thanks for sharing on the Oh My Heartsie GIrls WW this week!
I hope you have a wonderful week!
Jennifer, this is brilliant! I absolutely am trying this one.
Maria from Collecting Moments says
These are great and such a creative way to reuse some old sweaters! This is perfect for a cozy night in during the winter. All you need is some hot chocolate and a warm blanket 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing it with us on #shinebloghop this week
Love these! Love anything that’s a sweater upcycle. Have pinned for later. Thanks
Such a cool idea!! Must try and make some of these sweater slippers!
You make it seem so easy! I love the sweater up-cycles- it sounds so fun to find that perfect, worn out sweater from the thrift store and give it new life.
This has to be one of the best ideas I’ve seen in ages! Love them! Thanks for bringing this by Throwback Thursday!
DearCreatives (@DearCreatives) says
Love this DIY Jennifer! Pinned & shared. thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party!
Robyn D says
Oh yes! Going to make and share! Thank you.
These are so great!! I need slippers, too. And have more than one sweater that should be put out to pasture. Thanks for linking up at #SaucySaturdays.
I just had to stop by and tell you how much we loved these upcycled sweater slippers! So much that we featured them on Throwback Thursday (and you were picked by more than one of us! 🙂 Adorable!!
Thanks for this! Am so going to try. BTY: according to your photo, you have a 19 year old. You don’t look much over 19 yourself!!! Beautiful picture, and gorgeous hair!
These are the best upcyled item I’ve ever seen, they do look so comfy and like an expensive store bought item, only better, made with TLC!!!
Fabulous Jennifer, now if only I had some old sweaters…….I tend to pass my kid’s clothes along to families in need, though I will admit to setting aside and black and white striped one from my daughter that is just screaming for a few good DIYs. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing on craft schooling sunday!
What a neat idea! 🙂
I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/
Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!
a spirit of simplicity says
I have a pair of re-made mittens made from an old sweater. I love the idea of slippers!
Linda M. Finn says
I really love this idea !!! So many times I have gotten rid of a sweater I loved over a stain and I could have used it for slippers or mittens !!!
Love this idea and would love to try making a pair. Found you on Wonderful Wednesday Link Party
Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled says
Wow, great re-purpose! Great way to cuddle up near a fire, if only it got that cold here in Arizona, LOL.
What a ingenious idea! love these!
These are ridiculously adorable. I love them. Pinning and tweeting of course.
Nikki Gwin says
Jennifer, I chose your CUTE slippers recycle project as one of my features at this weeks Over the Moon Link Party. Please stop by and take a look! http://www.gwingal.com/2018/01/over-the-moon-107/
Jann Olson says
What a great recycle idea. Love them! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
What a great idea! They are so cute. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!
Jennifer, I love this repurposing idea!! I have featured you at the Friday Favorites linky party this week. Come check it out! https://be-alice.blogspot.com/2018/01/friday-favorites-week-409.html Hope you pop by and visit again this week 🙂
Are you using regular sweaters or wool? Love these.
I’ve actually done both! This particular project was just a regular sweater from the thrift store 🙂
Great post! What a great idea! They are so cute. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!
I wonder if you could add some hot glue to the bottoms for non-slip grip?
Grandma's House DIY says
Thanks so much for sharing with us! I’ll be featuring you next week on my Instagram and Facebook page and also on my blog when the next To Grandma’s House we go link party starts!
Suzan | It's My Sustainable Life says
Love these! Glad I came across your site on To Grandma’s House We Go! Pinned for making 🙂
It is -36C (-33F) here this morning, I could really use a few pairs of these sweater slippers! I love this idea and they look so pretty too. Great gift idea for next Christmas as well. Pinned 🙂
Nice! I think I would add something to the bottom for traction maybe to go outside, maybe you could use recycled bicycle inner tubes? Or something like light rubber like that with traction
Sharan G says
just got a gorgeous white angora sweater for 15Cents and a leather skirt for 65cents.
doing the slippers and putting a piece of the leather on the bottom, cause I too often forget and go outside
with the slippers on, so this way they will last for long time. THANKS
Madeline Stillions says
Sometimes thrift stores in the spring or before have sweater sales to make room for spring/summer clothes.Grab a handful of pretty wool designs & you are all set for winter projects!