Sweater Bracelets

Make fun and fashionable Sweater Bracelets by upcycling old sweaters and using $1 store bangle bracelets. Wouldn’t a warm cozy bracelet be fun this time of year? I mean it is sweater weather in most of the country.

Fun and Fashionable Sweater Bracelets

Do you want to see something pretty cool? Continue to the bottom of this post to see when this project (with a twist) was featured in a magazine. I’ve been in a couple magazines but it’s always an honor.

You only need a few supplies to make these fun and cozy sweater bracelets. It will only cost you around $1 each unless you have some bangles and old sweaters on hand, then you’re looking at a free project. Free projects are my absolute favorite!

Supplies needed for Sweater Bracelets:
old sweaters
bangle bracelets (it doesn’t matter how ugly they are, they will be covered up)
hot glue gun

sweater bracelet supplies

I decided to use a sleeve so I could save the body of the sweater for another project. I ended up making a pillow cover with the body of the sweater but I never did a post on it. It turned out really cute and I’m sure you know it was super comfortable to lay on. Nothing’s better than comfortable sweater material to cozy up with.

sweater bracelet cutting sweater

Anyway, let’s make these cozy bracelets. Cut the sleeve off then cut along the seam to flatten it out.

sweater bracelet sweater sleeve

I took the center out of the bracelet to make sure I could still get it on after I added the thickness of the sweater. You can add this piece back in after you attach the sweater but it isn’t necessary and I think the black is distracting. If the bracelet is too big the insert will help with sizing.

sweater bracelet unassemble

Trim the piece of sweater to fit around the bracelet in all directions. You want to make sure it fits exactly so you don’t have excess bulkiness from the sweater. Trim down the sweater if you need too.

sweater bracelet assembly

Secure the sweater to the inside center of the bracelet using hot glue. Glue it all the way around.

sweater bracelet attach sweater piece

Now pull the sweater over the bracelet and glue the other side of the sweater to the inside of the bracelet. Make sure the sweater ends touch in the center but do not overlap.

sweater bracelet glued

Pretty cute, don’t ya think? And such a cozy look and feel.

sweater bracelet fashion

I made a yellow one too, but I cut the sweater on an angle so it has a slightly different look. Attach it to the bangle bracelet in the same way.

sweater bracelets jewelry

I think these are so fun to wear in cool weather and add a fun touch of style. They would also make a cute gift.

sweater bracelets yellow and blue

Here’s a photo of the Women’s Day magazine article were I was runner-up for a project using old sweaters. I had to cut down the directions quite a bit but it’s still easy to understand.

magazine article

Pin it for later: Sweater Bracelets

upcycled sweater bracelets

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  • JenMarie January 17, 2011, 9:12 pm

    Such CUTEness!!

  • Ellie G January 17, 2011, 9:15 pm

    This is BEYOND cute! So awesome. I’m in love. And it’s now on my list of to-do’s. But I kind of need that exact sweater. Will you send me the other sleeve? (tee hee)

  • Rachel January 17, 2011, 10:30 pm

    I am so going to make these!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jill January 18, 2011, 2:43 am

    Fabulously simple idea! I love it! Perfect for a winter accessory!

  • Beth January 18, 2011, 8:32 am


    I love them so much I have posted a link to them in my blog.

    Can I just say…you are so awesome. I love your blog – it’s one of my top five in my feed reader!!

  • Toni January 18, 2011, 8:42 am

    I love this idea. I have a bunch of sweaters I don’t wear anymore so I’m off to find some bangles!

  • Stacy January 18, 2011, 9:26 am

    I don’t even really wear jewelry and I NEED one of those! Amazing! I love love it 🙂

  • abeachcottage January 18, 2011, 9:28 am

    The craft is nice. I would surely make one for my self. Thank you for this post. Kudos to you!

  • maleahbliss January 18, 2011, 12:15 pm

    Love these! I made a similar braclet last week, only mine is sewn and has a big flower. Come check it out! 🙂

  • Lyndee January 18, 2011, 4:37 pm

    These bracelets are so perfect. I honestly want to go up to my craft room right this minute and make something similar. Alas, gotta help the kids with homework.

  • Madigan at madiganmade January 18, 2011, 6:31 pm

    These are adorable! They look so chunky and cozy.

  • the cape on the corner January 18, 2011, 7:44 pm

    wow, that’s awesome. great idea, and perfect perfect perfect piece!

  • Leighann January 18, 2011, 8:13 pm

    Cute! And definitely cozy! I like the chunky-ness of them too.

  • 5Star Digital Scrapbooking January 18, 2011, 8:31 pm

    Very clever, these came out so cute would be fun in bright colors too!

  • JC January 18, 2011, 8:39 pm

    I’m obsessed with cable knit and this a great, easy way to add some coziness to winter outfit!

  • Chantel January 19, 2011, 12:55 am

    Oh my word… that is the cutest! What a brilliant idea!

  • Erin @ Crafts & Sutch January 19, 2011, 6:08 pm

    Oh my goodness! These are awesome! I have some left over sweaters from some Christmas crafts so now these are on my TO DO list! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Christina @ Christina's Adventures January 19, 2011, 7:57 pm

    I really love this!! I think I’m going to try to look for bracelets to try this on this weekend!! 🙂

  • Carrie at In the Hammock Blog January 19, 2011, 8:25 pm

    These are super cute!!

  • Pumpkin Pie Painter January 19, 2011, 10:11 pm

    What a great idea for a fresh look on a bracelet! I LOVE it!

  • Tammy @she wears flowers January 20, 2011, 8:51 am

    These are so pretty! What a great idea!

  • Kathleen January 20, 2011, 9:13 am

    Well that’s a new twist! Thanks for sharing this cute idea!

  • Cami January 20, 2011, 12:43 pm

    I love this! So easy and elegant 🙂 You are so creative!

  • shelley January 20, 2011, 7:37 pm

    Love the bracelets.
    Following from the blog hop. Hope you can follow back.
    God Bless,

  • sandi @ the whistlestop cafe January 21, 2011, 8:12 am

    Cute, Cute, Cute!
    another friday’s favorite for sure 😉

  • Stephanie January 21, 2011, 11:56 am

    These are so great!

  • Trisha January 21, 2011, 10:19 pm

    The bracelets are so fashionable! Love them.

  • jane January 21, 2011, 11:05 pm

    These are so cute! They look just like something my teenage nieces would wear. Now I just need to decide what old sweaters to cut up.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Dacia January 21, 2011, 11:24 pm

    I love this idea! How clever and inventive! I’m going to have to save this in my “to make” file 🙂 Thanks!

  • Kaysi @ Keeping It Simple January 22, 2011, 9:31 am

    Love it!!!! I want to try this!

  • Wendy January 22, 2011, 2:42 pm

    Those look GREAT!

  • Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons January 23, 2011, 1:43 am

    Ohmygosh I love it! I have tons of tacky bracelets I can make chic with this idea — you rock!!!!!!!!!

  • steph January 23, 2011, 5:13 am

    these are fab, suits my bracelet fetish atm, think i need to be making myself some!

  • Amanda January 23, 2011, 8:16 am

    Totally adorable!

  • Jessica January 24, 2011, 8:04 pm

    These are super duper cute. My daughter has tons of bangles and sweaters that she no longer wears. I can’t wait to try this ‘tute’ out!


  • creativejewishmom/sara January 25, 2011, 2:49 am

    Hi Leanne, these are great! Especially love the one done on an angle.
    thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

  • Stephanie July 27, 2011, 7:05 am

    These are super cute!

  • April December 19, 2011, 6:02 pm

    Yay! Now I know what I will do with the 2 sweaters that I can’t get the stain out of! Woo Hoo! Thanks!

  • Cheryl November 11, 2012, 9:37 pm

    LOVE these! Just printed the instructions out — my daughter is a huge crafter and we’re going to make these together.

  • Kitra Woodall February 26, 2013, 8:05 am

    Just saw this on Craft Gossip and fell in love <3 Thank you for sharing and now I'm off to hunt for a sweater to sacrifice lol!!

  • Sydney Bradford June 13, 2016, 4:20 am

    Super blog and beautiful bracelet!! Love the charms you have used!

  • Alex February 26, 2020, 1:12 am

    It looks super stylish. Thanks for the idea! It will be interesting to try your idea when working with the remains of yarn after making my cashmere sweaters.

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