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DIY: From Cotton Sweater to Circular Scarf…

When thrifting, I’m always on the look out for sweaters.  They represent so many possibilities to me.  You may have noticed my cushion cover here in my living room.  I’ve been sewing cushion covers from thrifted sweaters long before Pinterest existed.   I was recently in a thrift store and was rather taken aback by the cost of some of the sweaters I was seeing.   Albeit, they were in very good condition, so not necessarily fodder for cutting and sewing.  Yet still, I had a hankering for a little DIY, so I headed over to the children’s section.  I found this little treasure in the boys aisle, and loved the colour scheme.  Home it came.  It was too small for covering a pillow, and I secretly wanted to wear it anyways, so I decided to make a circular scarf out of it.  Here’s a quick DIY for those of you that aspire to create a little something out of a little something.

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 Above left is the original sweater.  Above right is the finished circular scarf, and a quick pair of fingerless gloves

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1.  View of sweater indicating where I will cut.  
2.  Close-up of scarf edging pinned and ready to be sewn.  The cut edge has been folded over twice onto right side of scarf, revealing the wrong side of fabric.  Machine stitch close to edge.
3.  View of finished scarf hem.  Note that the new neck opening of the scarf was originally the waistband of the sweater.
4.  Close-up of finished scarf edging.  My gold horse is now upside-down.  I shall consider that a unique new designer motif.


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I found the neckline {originally the waistband}  a little large for my liking, so I sewed a small dart at each side seam.  After sewing, I cut open the seam and hand sewed a few stitches so it would lie flat.  I cut and edge stitched the sleeves to create a fingerless glove.  I created an opening for my thumbs by stitch ripping the side seam just above the ribbing, and then machine stitched each end to secure the original seam.


DIY-circular-scarfThere you have it.  I now have a cozy scarf that slips easily over my head.  I can tuck it in closer to my neck for extra warmth, or allow it to drape in a more open fashion.



Linking up for Ta-Da! Tuesday at Faith Hope and Charity Shopping.  Pop on over and take a look at what people have been creating.


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26 Comments

  • Reply Val Sparkle January 24, 2013 at 7:15 am

    You're clever times two! This looks so cozy – what a great idea. I'm glad you included that link because I somehow missed that other post with your living room photos. How pretty – you certainly do have a colourful canvas!

  • Reply Sacramento Amate January 24, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Brilliant!!!
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  • Reply Marlen January 24, 2013 at 8:55 am

    can we just take a moment and acknowledge how brilliant you are? seriously, i'm going to be looking at sweaters in a whole new light. and the pillows you made were ADORABLE. i especially liked the yellow buttoned up one 🙂

    xo Marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

  • Reply Style Sud-Est January 24, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Great idea Sue!
    Oh i forgot to mention i find your sweater cushion so cute!
    That's a great idea as well!

  • Reply Shirl January 24, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I want one! Good find, Sue…..

    Shirl

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas January 24, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Hey Val, thanks for visiting. I always appreciate your comments.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas January 24, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    xoxoxoxox

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas January 24, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Ah, thank you Marlen. Thanks for visiting from Messages on a Napkin!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas January 24, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Thank you, thank you!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas January 24, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Oh, yes a nice soft and cozy type 2 woolly for you.

  • Reply Alexandra January 25, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    So crafty! Love how you repurposed the sweater. Beautiful colours too.

    Alexandra xo

    tovogueorbust.com

  • Reply Teddi January 25, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    how completely awesome of you! 🙂

  • Reply Anonymous January 25, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Unique idea well executed. love it.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas January 25, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Alexandra.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas January 25, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Thank you Teddi!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas January 25, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Thank you so much Anon!

  • Reply grunge-queen January 26, 2013 at 8:58 am

    What a super cool and inventive idea, Sue! I love the final look and the new scarf and gloves rock with your coat!

  • Reply Cheryl January 27, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Well now you're just showing off 🙂
    Seriously, though – what a cool idea! I harbour no illusions that I could actually pull that off, but for the price of a thrift store sweater, I'd be willing to give it a shot. I'll be keeping my eyes open for the right sweater.

  • Reply Tallia January 27, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    this is a really intresting look! and i love the info you gave out!

    http://www.trendinginfashion.blogspot.com

  • Reply Natalie G January 27, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    This is amazing and so crafty, love it!

  • Reply Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] January 29, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Very crafty, thanks for the idea!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas January 29, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    And a big thank you for hosting Ta Da! Tuesday.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas January 29, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Thank you Natalie. Everytime I see your cute picture, I think about food…but healthy food, :).

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas January 29, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Thanks Tallia. So nice of you to take the time to comment.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas January 29, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    How 'bout this? Buying a large 100% wool sweater, making the scarf, and then doing your felting magic to it…Just an idea. You've got until fall before you'll even want a scarf around your neck anyways.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas January 29, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Hey Kelly. Thanks for the kind words. Let me tell you…so many cute little ones knits, and clothes in general, in the thrift stores. You'll have such fun!

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