Upcycled: Infinity Scarf! (tutorial)

by ilene on March 7, 2011 · 16 comments

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Jeff has this striped cashmere sweater from Banana Republic that he loves to wear. He used to wear it so much that holes would appear under the armpits.  And back during “The Great Pursuit”, he would bring this sweater over to my apartment for me to patch up as a ploy to spend more time with me.  After too many repairs, this sweater was ready to be thrown out. But I couldn’t bare the thought of tossing out this hole-y sweater with so many of our dating memories.  So I decided to turn it into an infinity/circle scarf which seem to be very “in” these days.  And stripes are very in style now, too!  The process was pretty easy:

These are the best kind of projects: free, recycled, fast and easy! And I love that I have something of Jeff’s that I can wear!

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1 Marta September 22, 2012 at 8:04 am

Did you use the arms too or just the pieces from the chest of the scarf?

2 ilene September 22, 2012 at 11:05 am

Hi Marta, I just used the chest part of the sweater. THat was more than enough material for me!

3 Tammy October 16, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I’m very new to sewing & I’m certain this is going to be a dumb question….but…..did you just sew the pieces together? It also looks like you cut through both the front & back of he sweater (on the last cut)…is that correct?

Thanks, in advance, for your help.

4 ilene October 16, 2012 at 11:04 pm

hi tammy! yes, thats correct! i cut through both the back and front of the sweater and just sewed the stripes of fabric end to end. pretty easy! you can do it!

5 Ruth October 23, 2012 at 11:13 am

Thank you! Great idea!

6 Beth November 29, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Do you make a tube or how do you finish the edges?

7 ilene December 1, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Hi Beth! I didn’t sew a tube. I left the edges raw since the knit just curls up under and just sewed one short seam to connect the 2 ends of the fabric.

8 nichole December 4, 2014 at 7:33 pm

You could probably make arm warmers with the left over arms

9 lucia silver January 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm

This is so awesome! Thank you for sharing!

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