Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Upcycled Earwarmer/Cowl

This one is so, so easy.  It literally took me 5 minutes to make, including snapping the selfies of me wearing this item.

I have been growing out my hair, and I like to wear it up, but the mornings are chilly and it messes with my hairstyles if I have to shove a hat on my head to walk the kids to school in the morning.  I know, life is hard. But I've been meaning to make a snuggly headband so I can wear my hair up and still keep my ears warm while walking around outside, and I've finally done it.

I found the remains of a cashmere sleeveless tank in my sweater upcycling pile--I had used the rest to make a pair of armwarmers which I am now wishing I had kept!  I was going to follow this cute tutorial to make one, but then it occurred to me--a turtleneck would probably do the trick.

I cut off the turtleneck, folded the raw edge under and sewed with a zig-zag, and I was done.  And it feels great!

If you didn't want the double-duty of using it around your neck as well, it would be fun to embellish or gather the headband together, but I like the idea of pulling it down around my neck sometimes when I do want a full-on hat on my head.  This would also work well for a kid's cowl!

If you wanted to make something similar but didn't have a turtleneck to work with, any stretchy sweater fabric should do.  Just cut  a rectangle about 20x7, fold in half right-sides together and sew the 7" long ends together, then turn right side out and hem the top AND bottom with a zig-zag stitch.

And guess what?  It fits Little Sister, too!  Dang it, why is it so much cuter on her?

I plonked it on her while we ran errands this afternoon.

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