When cutting sweatshirts and hoodies to sleeveless undershirts or tank tops, the cut sleeves can be reused for a variety of crafts. This article will look at some good ways to reuse sleeves cut from sweatshirts and hoodies. Sleeves from short sleeved sweatshirts will be shorter than full sleeves. Unless specified, either length will be good for the craft.
Make hats, hat liners, and nightcaps out of sweatshirt sleeves. Sleeves must be wide enough to fit comfortably over the head. For a nightcap or hat liner, the sleeve can be used as is. Put it on and pull it until it is comfortable, then fold the end until it is the desired length. For a hat, measure where to cut to make a hat. Cut straight across, then taper the sides of the cut in a downward arch. Turn hat inside out and sew. Sewn hats can be used as nightcaps and liners as well as hats.
Use the sleeves as leg and arm warmers. Sleeves often are too baggy to work well as warmers, but generally if the sleeve is too narrow to make a hat it will make a good warmer. Sew a piece of cloth to each sleeve used as leg warmers, and use the cloth to fasten to a belt loop to hold the warmers up. Arm warmers can be pinned in place with a safety pin to an undershirt.
Make a quilt from sweatshirt sleeves. Sweatshirt sleeves are not square, but they interlock well for a quilt. A lot of sleeves will need to be saved for the quilt to work, unless other cloth is also used. Cut open the sleeves into halves and sew together into the quilt. The finished quilt will look like a bunch of interlocking sleeves. Remove cuffs if desired or leave in quilt for added character.
Use sweatshirt sleeves as night socks. Wear the sleeves on feet at night, with the cuff on ankles. The ends of the sleeves can be sewn together or simply left open. Alternatively, they can be worn as leg warmers under night pajamas. Leg warmers should be worn cut end up lest the cuff cut off circulation.
Turn sweatshirt sleeves into bags. Sew up the cut end. Make a hole in the cuff and run a strong string through the cuff so it comes back out the hole it is inserted. Use as a drawstring and for carrying the bag. Sweatshirt sleeve bags are good for carrying small objects as their openings are not wide.
Make a pillowcase from sweatshirt sleeves. Cut open each sleeve into two panels. Each pair of sleeves makes four panels, take the panels and make two reverse squares of cloth by sewing the panels together. Leave the side of the first sleeve intact so as to not need to sew the end of the pillowcase. Sew the squares together to complete the pillowcase.
Use as a bottle sleeve. Put sleeves over bottles that are being stored and similar items in storage to prevent dust from gathering. The cuff end can be sewn shut or twisted shut with a bread tie if desired, to better keep dust out. Sleeves can be used as dust covers indefinitely, and can be washed with the laundry if they get too dirty.
These are seven real good and simple ways to reuse sweatshirt sleeves and get maximum use out of old sweatshirts. Reusing sweatshirts and sweatshirt sleeves saves money by eliminating the need to buy new items and helps the environment by recycling material that otherwise would end up in the garbage.