I've been messing with old sweaters for the Holiday DIY zine I'm planning on sending out and figured out a really easy way of making a scarf, mittens, and headband set. Thought I would share it with all you crafty people!Materials:
- old sweater (I used a yummy cashmere one I found for a buck at a thrift store)
- sewing machine
- fleece (optional)Instructions:
1. Throw your sweater into the washing machine for a couple cycles. Make sure that you have a sweater made mostly from wool. Look for labels that say "Handwash or dryclean only."
2. After your sweater has shrunk significantly, allow it to dry either by hanging it out or throwing it in the dryer. Felting (or is it Pulling?) is great because it fuses the individual strands of yarn together, preventing the material from unravelling.
3. Lay the sweater out flat and cut off Scarf 1 and 2 (see diagram). You can adjust the width according to taste and the amount of material you have to work with.
4. Cut one seam off of each scarf section so that you're left with two large strips of sweater. Sew these two strips (right sides facing each other) together to form your scarf. You can accent the edges or ends with pieces of fleece.
5. For the headband, all you have to do is take the lower section of the sweater that you just cut off from the scarf section and measure it around your head. Mark where the headband fits comfortably, turn inside out, and sew together. Once again you can accent with fleece.
6. Use the upper section of the sleeves for your mittens. If the space isn't wide enough, you could also try squeezing in the mittens on the chest section of the sweater.
7. Trace a mitten-like outline of your hand, adding a 1/2 in. for your seams. I like my mittens to be snug...add an inch or more to your hand outline if you'd like a bit more space.
8. Include two inches from your wrist straght down to create the mitten opening.
9. Cut out patterns and sew all the way around your mitten, leaving the opening unsewn. If you're going to add decorative fleece, make sure you do it before you sew the mitten together. It will be much easier this way!
10. Leaving the mitten inside out, fold the opening 1" in and sew along the cut edge.
11. Sew a second line .5" to the right of the line you just sewed (closer to the opening). You're going to use this canal to hold the elastic in place so don't sew the second line all the way shut. You'll need some way of getting the elastic in.
12. Tie a piece of elastic to a safety pin and begin weaving it through the canal opening. Go all the way around the mitten to meet itself again. Tie elastic off, making sure that it will stretch enough to get your hand in but is snug enough so that the mittens don't fall off.
13. Repeat steps 7-12 for other mitten.