As you pull your sweaters out of storage this fall, you may find they aren’t in as good of shape as you remember. It seems like I never like my sweaters as well after they’ve been hiding in a box all summer, magically generating more and more pills. Even expensive and high-quality sweaters can get those fuzzy balls of fibers all over them, but cheaper sweaters are even worse.

This year I decided to finally try shaving the pills off my sweaters using a disposable razor. If you follow CVS or Walgreens deals, you know you can often get packs of disposable razors for free or nearly free. You might as well use them to give your sweaters new life! Warning: sweater shaving is completely addicting.

DIY how to sweater shaving

Grab an old sweater, t-shirt, or anything with pills (furniture?) and a disposable razor. You want to use a new razor, not a dull one. Lay the cloth on a flat surface and hold it tightly with one hand. With the other hand, razor over the pills to remove the fuzzies. Short, quick strokes worked best for me. Be careful around seams, and don’t press too hard. It is possible to cut your fabric with a razor.

Here are two other items I did.  You can see a swipe down the middle where I shaved the pills off.  The fabric not only looked nicer, it felt so smooth and soft.

DIY Sweater Shaving with a Razor

The other thing I used my razor to shave was the kids’ felt car playmat.  I have made a lot of homemade toys using felt, and they are definitely looking worn.  5 minutes and a disposable razor made this felt playmat look new!  In this photo, the left side has been shaved.  I shaved a tennis ball-sized ball of fluff off the playmat and it looks so good now.

DIY Sweater ShaverHas anyone else ever tried this? I can think of several sweaters I’ve thrown away in years past just because they were pilled and looked ugly covered in grey fuzzies.  Now, I’ll be able to make my sweaters new again.