modeling the final hooded scarf made from an old sweater

How to Reuse a Sweater to Make a Hooded Scarf

I’m writing this tutorial as I sweat after a walk around the block, but trust me the weather will change in a matter of weeks for most of us. That being said, let’s all start thinking about the fun ways we can reuse last year’s now boring sweaters in new creative ways! First up, the hooded scarf from an old sweater.

How to Reuse a Sweater to Make a Hooded Scarf:

1.  Turn the sweater wrong side out.

2. Cut the sleeves from the sweater and place to the side for later.

the sleeves of a sweater are cut off

3. Cut a curved line from the center point at the bottom of the sweater to the bottom of the arm hole.

A hood shape is cut from the body of the sweater

4.Fold your new “hood” so that the right sides are facing one another.  Cut the piece into two by removing the seam.

The seam is removed from a sweater two pieces of a sweater that will become the hood

5. Pin and sew along the curved side of the two pieces (right sides facing one another).

The sweater pieces are pinned in the shape of a hood

6. Cut a 2” piece of fabric along the side of sweater you did not use for your hood shape.

a long strip of fabric is cut from a sweater

7.  Run a loose thread through the 2” fabric and bunch the material together to start the ruffle process.

thread is loosely sewn through a long strip of fabric  A loose thread that was sewn through sweater fabric is pulled tight to create a ruffle

8.  Make sure your hood is wrong side out.  Pin the ruffle ½ inch from the edge to what will be the inside of the hood.  The best way to pin ruffles is to first pin both ends of the soon-to-be ruffled piece to the hood. Then pin random ruffles between the two end pins. Sew the ruffled piece to the hood.

 The ruffled fabric is pinned to the hood and sewn in place

9.  Cut the curved part of the sleeve off of the sleeve. Turn both sleeves right side out.

The curved part of the sleeve is cut away

10.  Pin the sleeves together at the larger point (what used to be closest to your armpit when you wore the sweater). Sew the 2 sleeves together to create your scarf.

The two sleeves are sewn together

11.  Center the hood on the scarf (right sides together), pin in place, and sew.

The sleeves that are now a scarf are pinned and sewn to the hood

12. Have fun around town on those extra cold nights!

modeling the final hooded scarf made from an old sweater

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s