Tuesday, October 11, 2011

three accessories from one sweater

This is dedicated to all you that are new to sewing! Three easy projects all from one sweater. 
I used a sewing machine to make mine, but you can use the super easy whip stitch, seen here, to complete all three items. 

One large sweater
Sewing machine or needle and thread
Chalk or something to mark the sweater

To begin, turn the sweater inside out. It will remain this way.
To make the mittens, you will be using both sleeves. Trace around your fingers and thumb, giving ample room for seam allowance. See picture as an aid. Cut out. Pin and sew the outside edge. Turn right side out and try on. Make any adjustments needed. If it fits great, turn inside out again, trace on the other arm. By using your first mitten as a guide, you will end up with mittens of the same size. Repeat all steps.   
Mittens! They are warmer than any other pair I own. I can't wait for colder weather. I may add some buttons down the side for a little more pizzaz.
Now on to the beanie. Use your best fitting beanie and trace it along the hem of the sweater. Make sure to leave seam allowance. Cut out and sew. Turn right side out. Done! 
At this point, your sweater will look like this:
Lastly, the headband. Cut a long rectangle across the chest of the sweater. Mine was 5" thick and the diameter of my head in length. Pin like the above picture and sew. Use you fingers to work it right side out. Sew the last two smaller sides together. And you have a warm, winter friendly headband. 
If you're feeling adventurous, you can use the last bit of scraps to make a bow or flower to attach to the headband. 
I hope you enjoy your new cozy accessories! 

Welcome everyone from Everybody Everywear! I'm glad you came this way. 


The Sisters 4 say MORE is more said...

SO awesome! just pinned it!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE THIS! So (sew) amazing! You are one creative lady!

Alysson said...

oh my gosh I love this idea!!! this is on my to do list now! thanks for sharing!


Anonymous said...

First of all you are adorable! Second, this is such a great DIY...I am working on one with a Leather jacket...but this is great! I am definitely going to do it!!! Thank you for sharing!!

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MsVeve said...

love love love the mittens, will definitely try it!

Linda said...

I pinned something like this just the other day. I love the mittens!!
Thanks for joining us at EBEW.

Fictitious Fashion said...

You are very talented!! Love your work :)

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Kate said...

I found your blog today through EBEW and I'm hooked! Seriously, you're adorable and so incredibly talented! I'm your newest follower :)

Jameil said...

Ma'am!!! That is amazing! I'm literally sitting over here with my mouth open in shock!

Rachel said...

Danggggggg you are so talented! GREAT ideas! Love it.


silvergirl said...

how adorable
popping over from EBEW
just saw some handwarmers this weekend that i wanted,but they were $30
i am thinking i can so make my own using your mittem pattern
can't wait to try

Van @ The Clothes We Wear said...

EEK! You are adorable! I love this tutorial. Thank you. Will definitely try it out. I've got a couple sweaters, that need to be recon'd asap.

Anonymous said...

Love those mittens! I have old sweaters and I'm about to have new beanies and mittens! Thanks for the idea :)

Sorren said...

Oh my goodness! I love this tutorial - the mitts, hat and head band are all wonderful! Now I really really MUST get a sewing machine

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Megan Mae said...

These are so adorable! And are a great idea if you have or thrift a sweater that isn't in 100% wearable condition.

Anonymous said...

Clever idea--can't believe you got three pieces out of one sweater. I'm surprised no one else had thought about this before! Awesome job!


Anne said...

How clever of you to get a whole matching set out of one sweater! These are adorable. And an excellent reminder that I've been wanting to make sweater mittens forever...

Heather Wingate said...

Love it!!!!!

Cara said...

Does the sweater have to be felted? If not, how do you keep it from unravelling? Just the sewing? Interesting idea, I have a couple sweaters that have shrunk in the wash that I'd love to keep somehow and this is perfect!

Tinfoils Tiaras said...

Wow this is one of the most impressive DIY projects I've seen in a while! I absolutely love the headband- perfect for the colder months!

Anonymous said...

You are WAY too cute. I know want to make all of this, especially the cute bow headband :)

Rachel said...

What a good idea.. so cute. The gloves will keep your arms and hands warm, so smart! :) -R (Distinct.Style.Innovation / Giveaway ends tomorrow!)

Anonymous said...

You are so resourceful and creative - I can't wait to try this!

Michelle said...

that's an incredible solution! i'm very impressed. you rock!

Meagan said...

This is such a great idea! I love all the pieces you made!

laura said...

I join with the comments before me! This idea kept me making two hats yesterday. Thanks!

Miss P said...

Eeeep!! I am so doing this! Thanks for sharing!

Melissa said...

Thought I'd stop by & say hello! I love the skirt you made from a mens shirt.

I love what you did here, too! The headband looks SO fabulous on you! And you reminded me that I need to be on the look out for cool wool/cashmere sweaters this season.

last year I found a $3 orange cashmere sweater & made mittens for me & my little girl out of it. If you're looking for an exact pattern, I developed one for grown ups & one for toddlers, both are available to download for free.



Anonymous said...

What an adorable project! I love every item. I wish I had a sweater I wouldn't feel bad cutting up though!

Pink Sun Drops said...

Wow, now THAT is a good use of an old sweater that's lost it's charm as a sweater. Love the mittens, especially!

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Anonymous said...

oh my! These are fab! Love the bow head band and the mittens are so cute! great idea for that old sweater , thats so cozy but stretched out, or no longer your style! can't wait to try this.


Cathy said...

This is a perfect DIY. Creative and cool, eh. Since it is only made up of 1 sweater, it is very practical and yet still very stylish. Wow!

Cathy@scrubs sale

Shawnee said...

okay, SO so clever! loving the extra long mittens. xo

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