Give an old sweater a new life!
I got the sweater as present but never wore it because unless I wore a long sleeve shirt underneath it was itchy, so I decided to turn it into something more useful with versatility.
It is convertible in that it can be worn three different ways depending on your mood, but my favorite is the Vintage Inspired Capelet that has sort of a 1930's vibe to it. Also, the "flower" is put on a pin back and can be used on its own.
- Sewing machine and thread
- Straight Pins
- Pin back
- Velcro- Cylindrical object (I used a margarine tub lid)
- Seam gauge or ruler
- Pen or PencilFirst flip the sweater upside down and cut straight across off underneath the arms from side to side.
The bottom part is what you will use to make the shrug.
Save the top part can be used to make the band and the flower and the sleeves can be saved for another future project (leg or armwarmers).
You now have the basic capelet completed (the first smaller picture above).
Now for the flower. Place the cylindrical object on the paper, draw around it and cut out on paper cut it out.
Next fold the paper into a quarter then measure in 1/2 inch or so in and cut away. Repeat.
Pin the outside and middle layers along with the center onto the top portion of the sweater.and cut out each. You will have 3 descending sizes of circles when you are done.
Zigzag or serge around the raw edges on all three circles.
Clip any lose threads and either use a hot glue gun or stitch the flower the pin back. The pin can be used on this project or to pretty up anything else you would like.
To make the band cut a strip from the top of the sweater that is 8 inches long and 4-5 inches wide. Zigzag or serger around the edges to keep it from unraveling.
To use with the shrug, gather up the fabric on the shrug and wrap so the center of the band is on the outside and the two pieces of velcro hook together on the inside (third small picture above). You can also move the band around to create a different look
For the look in the large picture above, the band was moved off center and the flower pinned to the band through the band the the shrug to secure it in place.)
Although I didn't take a picture of it, you could also use the shrug loose and pin the flower on it somewhere. It could also be pulled up over the back of the head to create a mobius or scrunched and twisted for a cowl/infinity scarf look.
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