Four Ways to Give an Old Sweater New Life

Fall is coming, and if there’s one thing we’re stockpiling, it’s thrift store sweaters. In this case, we’re not talking about finding the perfect designer sweater hidden among the racks; we mean simple sweaters that could use a little love. Now it’s time to get creative! Here, we share some fun ideas for ways to breathe new life into old sweaters.

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Why pay big bucks for a sweater with elbow patches when you can add them yourself? First, select the sweater to which you want to add patches. Then, choose what fabric you want the patches to be – maybe it’s leather or corduroy, or perhaps you want to add stripes or plaid. Angela over at Unexpected Elegance has some great tips for creating the elbow patch look.

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Pom-poms are an easy way to turn an ordinary sweater into a textured statement piece. You can choose the size, color, and placement of your pom-poms to create a unique, one-of-a-kind garment. You can find detailed instructions for adding pom-poms to your sweater at A Beautiful Mess.

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Bleach Dye

All you need is a little bleach and a lot of ventilation to create a bleach-dyed sweater masterpiece. We love this technique because you never know what the colors are going to do. If you want to go the extra mile with this DIY, consider adding some destruction to your sweater (see below). Visit Happy Happy Nester for tips on how to achieve the look.

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We love the look of properly distressed sweaters. They just feel so cozy and lived-in. Stay modest with your destruction by roughing up the sleeves and neckline or cropping a few inches off the bottom. The result looks great over denim for a simple yet edgy look. Check out LiveAbout for some great destruction tips.


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