My newest endeavor is making, or re-purposing - I should day, natural animal fiber sweaters into cute, unique and stylish outerwear for kids and tots!
The first part is easy enough. You go to your closet, or your local thirft store and find 100% animal fiber sweaters: wool, alpaca, rabbit and the like. There are many to be found! I prefer wool, it seems to shrink up the best and is easy to manipulate later.
Second, you place a couple sweaters in a pillow case, tie it up and wash it in HOT water, with a cold-wash rinse. If you like the size and look of the sweater after this step, lay it flat to dry. If you want it smaller, or more "felted" place it in the dyer. If it still needs more "felting" repeat these first steps. When you are done, you will have a small, felted sweater that you can cut into fabric pieces to make a blanket, coffee cozies, gloves, leg warmers, or re-purpose for a child size cardigan. The details and labor intensity of your prject are up to you. I love this idea because you can make simple projects, to much more complicated ones.
Here is an example of a sweater I "upcycled" for my boys.