Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Recycled Sweater Button Scarf - A tutorial

So earlier this week Elizabeth at Twelve Crafts Till Christmas posted a tutorial for a super cute button scarf made out of bamboo felt and fleece. I put it on my to do list for when it got colder. Well, it got colder. Not quite cold enough for scarves but cold enough for jackets. But you know I wanted make scarves anyway. Now, I didn't have any felt on hand but I did have a couple of old sweaters!!

Now, please bear with me. I have never done a real live tutorial before. My photos are not fabulous and I may leave out a step or two. And I know I will be adding at least one step that was part of my experience but I recommend you leave out of yours if you decided to make a similar scarf! OKay . . .here we go.

1. Find some old sweaters. Mine were in the goodwill box that hasn't made it to Goodwill yet. They were women's size medium. A bit bigger sweater would work better.

2.  Cut the sleeves off. Then cut that sleeve in half and trim to make a rectangle. Mine was about 18 inches by 5  inches for the cream scarf. If I did this again I will use a men's sweater. I would have liked these to be a little bit longer.
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3. Cut a piece of fleece the same size as your sweater piece.
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4. Place them wrong sides together and stitch around, leaving a small opening to turn.
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5. Sit and wonder why your two year old is being so darn quiet. Holler at him a few times until he comes running. If he is covered with white craft paint, stop, take a break, give him a bath, & scrub down all the things he painted on. Oh and don't forget to take a photo of his paint job to post on your blog. Have a talk with his four year old sister about leaving the drawers in the craft cabinet open.
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6. Return to your scarf. Turn and sew shut. I did this by sewing a small line of top stitching across each end but do it however you wish.
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6. Try it on your kid. Figure out the best spot for the button and hole.
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7. Make a button hole. Sew on the button. Put it on your four year old.
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8. Make another one for the cleaned up toddler.
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Any questions?? Oh, why does Jojo have a big scratch on his nose??? Because Sweet Pea decided it would be a good plan to drive the PowerWheels Car under a low hanging tree branch. It was not a good plan! Yet another thing to have a talk with her about.



Done!


5 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I can't even tell you how many unexpected "craft breaks" I've had to take because one of my kiddos decided to get creative themselves. :) Never a dull moment, that's for sure!

    I love this idea. I was just going through my old sweaters because I want to use some of them to make some hats. I think making these with the leftovers will be perfect. Thanks for linking up!

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  2. We did pretty much have the same idea. Thanks for sharing. I especially like the boy one. Great work!

    Cheri

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  3. I really like the gray one! I'll be tryin' this out too. I've always wondered what kind of stuff I could make with fleece and now I know. Thanks!

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  4. I'm just loving the scarves with buttons this season! It looks great--I especially love that grey one!

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