August 15, 2011

Upcycled Scarflette

I'm sneaking in another rerun on you guys today.  It's an old guest post I never fully published here and it's a fun project for the upcoming cool weather.
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I love all the gorgeous hand-knit scarflettes and cowls I've seen around, but I have one problem.  I don't know how to knit.  Yeah, that's a bummer.  It's on the to do list.  I do, however, love to sew and I do have garbage bags full of clothing waiting to be upcycled or refashioned.  So today I'm going to show you how to make this scarflette from an old sweater.  Here we go!


I took this long sweater and cut out a long rectangle.  (My dimensions were about 8 inches by 29 inches.)


I flipped the nice finished sides together and sewed around the edges.  I left the bottom end open (the one with the ribbed edge).


I inverted it and sewed on two large buttons.  I didn't make real buttonholes, since the scarflette can easily be pulled over my head.  I also didn't bother to sew the end shut, since the buttons keep it in place.


Super easy, super cute, and super warm.


Thank you for being here.  See you tomorrow.

34 comments:

  1. Hmmm....I just put about 10 sweaters in a bag for Good Will. I think I'll be digging those back out! I love this idea!

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  2. I love this idea! I am so ready for fall - I think I know what I'll be doing during nap time!!

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  3. I have a sweater just like this, but in yellow. it has long found its way to my up-cycle pile and now i know what to do with it.

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  4. I love the buttons!

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  5. Really cool tutorial!

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  6. Soooooo cute! Think of how many sweaters I/we can upcycle or even purchase for pennies on the dollar at Thrift stores. Yeah! Thank you for this tutorial post. Love it :0)

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  7. Supercute! I will try that since the autumn soon will arrive here in Sweden!

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  8. Ooh that's lovely!

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  9. I much love this! You are so creative. I do know how to crochet, but this will be much more time friendly. :) Thanks!

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  10. Super Sassy and Fun!
    Makes me want to find a sweater to cut up!
    Biz

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  11. You should so learn to knit. I learned to knit in less then an hour on youtube. I used the video by cyberseams. I have made 4 scarfs in 4 weeks.

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  12. I am so diggin this! Luckily for me I have some sweaters that would be awesome for this. Course, I would rather WEAR them, but my post baby body says otherwise. lol.

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  13. That's super cute! However, I also thought the sweater was pretty cute before! lol Nicely done!! Makes me rethink donating my clothes to the thrift store - you never know what you can get out of them later!

    Brie @ BreezyPinkDaisies

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  14. Did you sew the finished product together so it stays closed or is it just laying in place on its own?

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  15. Sarah - Yes, the end with the buttons isn't sewn shut. However, since the buttons are sewn through both layers it stays in place.

    Cheri

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  16. This is the post that started me following you (and to my husband's dismay, starting saving sweaters!!!)

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  17. You always make easy and clean tutorial, Cheri! Thank you for sharing this!

    dita

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  18. Goood Idea! Thank you!! ladatilera.com

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  19. Lovely...I might have to get myself to a thrift store and make a few before winter!

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  20. Just found this post from your Skip to my Lou post today. I love it! Just one question.....I see that the buttons keep the finished end closed but then how do you keep it neatly around your neck? Does it just wrap all the way around and lay in place or is it attached to the other end somehow? Am I making any sense????

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  21. Kim - The buttons are sewn through both layers so that it stays connected always. I just slip it over my head to put it on.

    Cheri

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    1. How did you sew along the sweater? Referring to this: "I flipped the nice finished sides together and sewed around the edges."

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  22. Got it! : )

    Thanks!

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  23. I love this idea! I too would love to start knitting, so many fabulous projects. I featured this on my blog today. Come check it out if you want: http://vixenmade.blogspot.com/2011/09/upcycled-sweater-projects.html

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  24. I love this! And you are beautiful. Just finished making one, thanks for the tutorial :)
    craftaphile.blogspot.com

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  25. Thanks for the great idea! When you cut out the 8" x29" part did you double it over to make it 4" or did you cut 2 pieces? Thanks.

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  26. Louie - I cut two pieces that size - front and back.

    Cheri

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  27. This just helped me figure out how I wanted to do a slightly different kind of scarf I was making for a Christmas gift. I love how you make it so simple!

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  28. Great tutorial!!!

    I featured your post here:
    http://raisingyourrainbows.blogspot.com/2012/08/fall-finds.html

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  29. I have been doing this for years.....never thought to post it! Wish I had sold some too.

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  30. wow ... i love your ideas !! would give it a try definitely !

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  31. Cute...I love it!!
    Thanks for the idea

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