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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Adorable Repurposed Sweater Mittens

By: Susan from Organized 31

You will have so much fun with these recycled craft ideas that you won't want to stop until you have made a pair for your entire family. These Adorable Repurposed Sweater Mittens would make great Christmas gifts for anyone on your list. Easy to make and especially inexpensive, these mittens are the perfect project to complete this winter. Best of all, these recycled crafts ideas can be personalized with any color scheme or pattern you wish. Create these Adorable Repurposed Sweater Mittens from thrift store sweaters.

Primary TechniqueSewing

Beginner

SeasonWinter

Sewn byMachine

Materials:

  • Scarves or sweaters
  • Cleaning rags
  • Hand drawn mitten pattern
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

Instructions:

  1. Throw any scarves or sweaters in the washer with a load of cleaning rags on hot. Dry them on hot to continue the felting process.


     
  2. Use the mitten pattern you've made earlier and lay it on the scarf or sweater. Cut out 4 pieces for the mittens and sew them up with just a simple strait stitch on the sewing machine.
     
  3. Because the fabric is felted, just leave the opening of the mitten as is.  It won’t unravel and you don’t want to make it too bulky by adding a hem there.
     
  4. Next, move on to your next clothing item.


     
  5. To minimize the amount of sewing on a more difficult fabric, lay the pattern so the outside edge is on the seam.  By using the seam as the outside edge of the mitten, you don’t have to sew that area.

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Mom used to do this when she was raising 8 kids on a ranch hand's salary. Old sweaters, outgrown or worn out, were felted and made into mittens, sewed on a treadle sewing machine. If you make the wrists longer than the picture shows, it will keep snow, ice and cold air at bay. You can trim the edges however you want to after the mittens are finished.

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