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Turn Shrinking Sweaters Into Felted Pillows: Washed and dried wool sweaters can easily be transformed into comfo...

Turn Shrinking Sweaters Into Felted Pillows: Washed and dried wool sweaters can easily be transformed into comfo...

Washed and dried wool sweaters can easily be transformed into comfortable home decor such as felted pillows or blankets. Some years back, I wrote a series of DIY projects for Family Fun magazine. One of the projects used recycled wool sweaters to make felted mittens. When we think of felt fabric it is usually the synthetic acrylic used for craft projects and felt boards. Have you ever made the mistake of throwing a wool sweater in the dryer? If you have, you’ll notice that the sweater shrinks into to a soft dense material. That’s the fabric used for this project. Natural fibers (wool) felt because they have bumpy fibers that bind together. The wool felt is easy to cut and will not unravel like regular knitting will. If you don’t have a collection of old wool (moth-eaten is OK) sweaters lying around, try the local thrift, Goodwill or secondhand clothing stores. For a warm a...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/shrinking-sweaters-felte...

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