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The things we make,
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A blog about making things by
MICHELLE SEXTON

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

UpCycled Sweater Series Part 4 - Sweater Vest and Infinity Scarf Tutorial

It's time for Part 4 of the Up-Cycled Sweater Series!! If you've missed the previous ones, be sure to check them out. In Part One, I made leg warmers, Part Two was how to make mittens and a hat, and Part Three  was how to make arm warmers.

This time I turned a couple of sweater bodies into a sweater vest and an infinity scarf.

You may remember this sweater:
In Part 3, I cut off the arms and turned them into arm warmers/fingerless gloves. I have to tell you, I LOVE my arm warmers, but they were a little tricky to make...at least more than I anticipated. This sweater was made from 60% Cotton and 40% Acrylic. I found this to be a difficult fabric combination to work with, simply because it was so stretchy. Because of this I decided to take a simpler route for this next project.

After cutting off the sleeves, I used a seam ripper to rip the seam that held together the sleeves to the body (The seams at the shoulders). And because I am not that patient, nor do I like tedious activities (such as ripping seams), I accidentally made a couple of small holes in fabric. Oops! So I went back later and stitched them up by hand. Here's the results:
This also makes a cute sleeveless sweater for the Fall and Spring. The best part about this small little project is that there was NO HEMMING involved!!! (and if you don't tear holes in the fabric while ripping out the seams, there is no sewing either!) ;)

Then, I made an infinity scarf. Here was the sweater after the leg warmer project.





Cut off the top of the sweater, just below the armpits. Turn the body of the sweater inside out, pin the newly cut side, and hem it. I used the sewing machine...carefully.

While the sweater is still inside out, fold over the newly hemmed side, pin it, and hem it one more time. I didn't hem the bottom of the sweater (the part that sits at your waist), but if you want a more uniform look, you can repeat the folding, pinning, and hemming process at that end too.

And that's it!
Now you have a fun infinity scarf!! (By the way, this infinity scarf only took about 20 minutes to make. Bonus points for a fun, easy, and quick project!!)

There is one more part left in the sweater series. Don't miss it. It's coming soon.
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4 comments:

Sarah Sanford said...

I really like the infinity scarf the knit is so beautiful.

Karen at Bargain-ista.com said...

I love the vest! Great color and totally on trend right now! Thanks for sharing.

AmieAnn said...

These look awesome! You did such a great job upcycling your sweaters.. I especially love the vest.. such a great color! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo party.. can't wait to see what you share next!

AmieAnn said...

These look awesome! You did such a great job upcycling your sweaters.. I especially love the vest.. such a great color! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo party.. can't wait to see what you share next!