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Topic: Ugly Wool Sweaters to Toasty-oasty Scarf  (Read 5762 times)
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« on: February 01, 2011 12:38:18 PM »

It's usually difficult to find wool sweaters in our thrift store, but for some reason, the last time I went, I hit the motherload. I purchased eight wool sweaters for under $2 apiece. Jackpot! I have been wanting a new winter scarf! All the sweaters were really wanting a nice bath, so I put them in the washing machine in hot water and started the felting process. Most of them were good with one round in the wash and dryer, but a few were stubborn and were forced back in for more torture. Once I pulled them out and noted their felty goodness, I chose five with colors that went together well and cut the backs of them into 6 inch wide strips of varying lengths. I pinned them together, and hand stitched them with a blanket stitch using different contrasting colors for each row, just for fun. The pinkish sweater had a sparkly band at the bottom and fun little pockets, so I used that for both of the ends of the scarf:


One layer didn't seem sturdy enough, so I made another length, and blanket stitched that to the back of the first scarf. Now it's incredibly warm, and looks great on both sides!


I'm very happy with my new winter scarf. It's over six feet long and took me just around 10 hours to do all the stitching, but I watched a lot of bad movies during the process, so it was totally worth it.
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Mmmm, nice and thick!

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And here are the brave sweaters that gave their lives so that this scarf could be born. The grey one was full of holes anyway.  Cheesy


I've been making felted roses with the rest of the scraps. My dog Stella loves them.  Roll Eyes

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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2011 12:42:18 PM »

It turned out great! Love the colors.
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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2011 12:53:43 PM »

A lot of work but the result is wonderful!  It looks so cozy and warm and pretty!

Good use of the scraps as well!
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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2011 01:06:23 PM »

That looks wonderful, I love the pockets!

Stella!! Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2011 02:29:53 PM »

Awesome! Love the pockets and the rose model is just too vogue!
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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2011 02:38:28 PM »

great use of sweaters! I love the blanket stitch on the edge.  It really finishes the scarf quite well.
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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2011 05:24:27 PM »

looks so warm and toasty! the blanket stitch really finishes it off nicely
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« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2011 08:57:22 PM »

I bet that scarf is insanely comfy and the pockets are so cute! 

And I could have just died when I saw your pup with the felt rose!! Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2011 06:20:30 AM »

Great scarf. So colorful and warm.
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« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2011 06:16:44 AM »

thats just the coolest.
why can I never find wool sweaters when i go thrifting...

and I wuv your doggy.. Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2011 07:23:55 AM »

I really like how you incorporated the pockets and the blanket stitch. This looks super cozy especially considering the cold outside! Nice job!
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« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2011 12:41:13 PM »

Your scarf is super cute but Stella is adorable!

P.S. I can't believe how hard it is to find felted sweaters now... it seems like the used to be all over the damned place!
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« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2011 02:19:03 PM »

Stella would like to thank her fan base.  Cheesy

I think it's harder to find wool sweaters because Craftsters everywhere are after them for projects.
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« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2011 04:20:30 PM »

I absolutely love it! And you did hit the sweater jackpot...It's getting so hard to find them lately.
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« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2011 11:05:18 AM »

I love the scarf, and your dog is beautiful!  Does she always pose that nicely for you?  Cheesy
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« Reply #15 on: February 04, 2011 11:14:55 AM »

Does she always pose that nicely for you?  Cheesy

Only when she knows she is being bad.  Cheesy
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« Reply #16 on: February 10, 2011 05:00:10 PM »

I'm such a softie for upcycled sweater stuff & the sweet puppy pic adds to the awesome of it! Great work!!!
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« Reply #17 on: February 23, 2011 10:02:08 AM »

Cozy and the pockets are very nice!
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« Reply #18 on: February 24, 2011 01:32:38 PM »

This is FANTASTIC! So creative and cute... plus your doggy with the rose melted my heart a litte. Very awesome scarf, and very cute doggy!
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