Recycled Wool Sleaves

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I made myself “wool sleaves” this winter by cutting apart several felted wool sweater arms and sewing them together. I love to recycle wool! I sewed this on mom’s fancy sewing machine and decided to leave the selvedge on the outside for a grungy look. What do you think? Strange or fun?

I thought I’d wouldn’t be using these, but I actually have.

The inspiration came from Katwise and her awesome style.

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23 Responses to Recycled Wool Sleaves

  1. Sarah Louise says:

    I love them!! Especially how the blue looks like it’s peeking out of the white.


  2. amy says:

    Oh, I love these! How do they stay up? And how far up do they go? I like the selvedge on the outside, too.

    • iHanna says:

      Thanks Amy, they are thick wool so quite sturdy. I think they would stay up anyway, but as you can see I’m wearing them on top of a long sleeved top and that helps them to stay “up”. :-)

      • Donna says:

        If you measured them correctly, you could attach the ‘sleeve’ to the sleeve of a t-shirt, transforming it into a cool weather garment.

  3. Laila says:

    Hi Hanna, cool !! I had seen the video of Katwise earlier. She is really something. It struck me that one has to collect quite a few sweaters to make a coat like hers. Perhaps I should let Sandra try to make something.

    • iHanna says:

      Laila, yes she is cool. I imagine she goes through quite a lot of wool sweaters making just one coat! But it’s good, because who would wear all those second hand, already felted/worn sweaters anyway? I love how she turns old into new! :)

  4. Kathryn says:

    Super fun. I love the layers! And you made some smart color choices for a sophisticated handmade look.

    • iHanna says:

      Kathryn, thanks! If I would’ve found more colourful sweaters I might have gone rainbow, hehe, but I’m glad you think it looks sophisticated! :-)

  5. I love them, and LOVE the selvages on the outside :)
    xoxo MotherDana

  6. Lynette (NZ) says:

    So fun – we are just heading into winter so thinking i might try this!

  7. Lynda says:

    Love these! And you didn’t use a serger??

    • iHanna says:

      Lynda, thanks! I sure did use a serger if that means overlock sewing machine? That’s mom’s fancy sewing machine to me, sorry for not writing it out! I think you could do it on a ordinary machine too, but using the overlock machine is fun!

  8. Chris says:


    I love these. Nice grungy touch, too!

  9. Arielle says:

    Love them, Hanna! They’re extremely fun!

  10. sandra dorey says:

    really good – praps you could use socks with feet cut off too

    • iHanna says:

      Sandra, not sure about socks but maybe if you have huge socks to begin with. It will shrink quite a lot in the washing machine when you felt the wool… But why not give it a try!

  11. Kates says:

    I think these are awesome.

  12. Andria says:

    I love these! They look super-cozy!

  13. kristin says:

    fun. most definitely fun.

  14. Diana Trout says:

    I love it, Hanna! Fun and different (not strange ;)

  15. Fun, fun, fun! I love that idea!

    (and I will most probaby copy it some day… do you think the same thing will work on cotton tops as well?)

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