a wool sweater into slippers and made the sleeves into a pair of slipper socks for my daughter, but this sweater was a synthetic knit, and wouldn't shrink and felt. I thought the stripes would make a lovely scarf, so away I googled. Here is a helpful tutorial on how to turn a sweater into an eternity/circle scarf.
Here's what I did.
1. Lay out sweater.
2. Cut a straight line through both layers of material. Turning the bottom part of the sweater into a circle scarf was the simplest thing since the edges naturally rolled under and didn't need hemming. In hindsight, I wish I would have cut the line up higher and made a wider scarf. I didn't realize it would stretch so much and become so narrow. But it was just the right size for my daughter!
3. The dolman sleeves were wide enough to make a hat for my daughter. For the beannie hat I simply cut off the cuff, and then cut the sleeve away from the body. Then I stretched it over my daughter's head, trimmed it to the right size, flipped it inside out, stitched together the top opening and gave it back to my daughter.
If your sweater sleeves aren't wide enough to make a beanie, then you can use other parts of the sweater, as in this tutorial.
It made me smile to see my daughter go out the door this morning with her new accessories. I don't have to be wearing the sweater to enjoy its fun and cheerful fabric on a grey, rainy January day.
The whole project took 15 minutes tops. Blogging about it has taken longer!
This would be a great project for a sweater you love that no longer fits, or has a stain somewhere. Happy sweater hunting!