Sweaters can be turned into short sleeved sweaters and undershirts. This article will look at how to recycle sweaters into short sleeved sweaters and undershirts that look great and perform well.
First, determine the potential of the sweater. Find a T-shirt that fits well and comfortably, and use it as a guide for how to cut the sweater. For the sweater to make a good short sleeved sweater, it cannot be much wider than the T-shirt, and the shoulder seams cannot be more than an inch out from the T-shirt seams. Otherwise, it will not look good as a short sleeved sweater. All sweaters can be turned into short sleeved undershirts. Sweater material can be thick for an undershirt, so sweater undershirts will work for those who are comfortable wearing a sweater as an undershirt and only dislike the sleeves due to length. Lightweight sweaters make undershirts that are much more versatile.
To make short sleeve sweaters, line the T-shirt up with the sweater. Cut the sleeves off the sweater parallel to the T-shirt, a half inch longer than the T-shirt sleeve to allow material for hemming. Take the cutoff sleeve, and test the material for fraying, unraveling, and running. Some sweater material runs freely while other material behaves. If the material runs, hem the cut sleeves, if not, leave the sleeves as is for comfort; try on the sweater and see if you need to trim them back the half inch or if they are fine the way they are.
Sweaters that are too big can only be used as undershirts. Spread out the T-shirt and trim back the sides and bottom of the sleeves so they are a quarter inch wider than the T-shirt. Cut the sleeves a half inch shorter than the T-shirt. Test the sleeves for fraying. If the material frays, hem. If the material holds, trim the sleeves back an additional half inch instead of hemming. If the cloth curls, hem to prevent the curl from showing under the shirt. Turn the sweater inside out and do all the necessary sewing.
You now have short sleeved sweaters that can be used as undershirts or sweaters, or sweater undershirts. This is a great craft for re-purposing sweaters that are not worn and prolonging the life of old sweaters.