How to make DIY felted wool boot cuffs from a thrift store sweater. Make these cute NO SEW boot cuffs in just a few minutes!
What do you think of when you hear the words “warm and cozy?” Flannel pajamas, a big down comforter, long johns…and maybe a wool sweater? I hope so, because these DIY felted wool boot cuffs start with a wool sweater. The sweater I used for this project was scored at my local Goodwill, but feel free to raid the closets where you live first. The sweater should be at least 80% wool, with 100% wool being the best. Once you have your sweater, check out my post on How To Make Felted Wool. This is important, because felting the wool first allows you to cut your sweater without it coming apart. Here’s how my boot cuffs started:
DIY Felted Wool Boot Cuffs
Notice the buttons on the sleeve cuffs. I just couldn’t believe my luck! The next step to make these DIY felted wool boot cuffs is simply to lay your sweater very flat, and cut the sleeves to the correct length for your boot cuffs. Make them a little long at first because you can always trim them if you want them shorter. If, after washing, your sweater is puffy, a steam iron will help to flatten it for easier cutting.
Believe it or not, that’s it. Both ends of the boot cuffs are finished off nicely, and you have a pair of wool boot cuffs for the price of a thrift store sweater. Because you have already felted the wool, these boot cuffs are completely machine washable, and can be dried as well. Boots are getting more and more popular every year…and these are the perfect, budget friendly accessory!
Wool sweater sleeves can also be used to make mug warmers, hand warmers, or small Christmas tree ornaments. The body of the sweater can be used to make pillow covers or small stuffed toys. The possibilities are endless!