Gorgeous Colorful Soft Rug From Old Sweaters

6 Materials
10 Hours
My mum gave me a bag of her old wool sweaters to repurpose and upcycle. Lucky for me my mum loves to wear bright colors. So I ended up with a bag of sweaters in lovely pinks, reds, and purples.

I had recently made a very popular no-sew denim rug out of waistbands (click here), so this time I thought I'd have a go at a no sew sweater rug.
The first thing I did with the wool sweaters was felt them. I did this in the washing machine.
The next thing I did was to cut the felted sweaters into strips. I used a rotary cutter and board for this (click here). My strips were about 15mm in width and as long as I could make them.

It is important that the strips of felt are all the same width, however, the lengths can vary. You can cut thinner strips to get more lengths of wool out of your sweaters. The width of the strips will determine how thick the finished rug is.
Once you have cut up all your sweaters you can start making the rug. I used between 4-5 sweaters for my rug. The number you need will depend on the size of the sweaters you use to start with and how thick you cut the strips.
To start with I pasted one side of a felt strip with fabric glue and rolled it up. I then added another strip. You continue adding strips of felt to make a coiled mat. You can use pins to keep the ends in place as the glue dries.

It's a bit like quilling you do with paper.
I made several of these coiled mats in different shapes and sizes.
Once you have as many coiled mats as you want you can join them together.
I used a glue gun for this as the glue dries quicker than fabric glue so it is more likely to hold its shape.

I made small coiled mats to fill in the little gaps between the bigger mats.
To finish off I had more stips of felt around all the mats to bring them together.
This isn't a quick craft but, the rug can be made over time and you can add to it later to make it even bigger.

There are more details on my blog.

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  • Freya Freya on Jan 31, 2021

    how do you clean it? I assume since it is glued you can't wash it, right? But it looks very nice :-)

  • Nancy Nancy on Jan 31, 2021

    I'm confused. Why are we talking about felt! I thought we were using sweaters!

  • Bea52638765 Bea52638765 on Oct 16, 2021

    Can you share a tutorial on how to reproduce the CHAIR? As someone above said, THAT is the real star!! Have the exact chair (a rocker though) and would LOVE to do something similar. Thank you in advance.



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  • L L on Nov 04, 2021

    Damn. That chair is stupendously fantastic! Going to town on a chair this weekend!

  • Michelle H Michelle H on Nov 05, 2021

    You were really fortunate to be gifted with wool sweaters, those are not easy to come by. Neat project though, wow.

    But oh my gosh the chair!!! I saw your response below, I'm so wishing to do the same!!!