There is an awesome contest getting ready to start over at A Lemon Squeezy Home....Purse Week! It's a contest to show off your purse making skills! There is an amazing panel of judges and equally impressive prizes. AND....I'm super excited to be guest posting!
Remember the leftover sweater from the last tutorial?
If you didn't make the legwarmers from the last tutorial, all you need to do to get started is cut the arms off your sweater, leaving enough to form a short sleeve!
Cut the band off the bottom of the sweater.
Put the band aside we will be reattaching it shorty.
Find the middle of the front and cut open just the front layer.
Try the sweater on and decide where you want the bottom to reach. Don't forget to include the added length of the bottom band we are going to reattach. Cut your sweater, and you might as well save this piece too because I will probably think of something to make with it later.
Reattach the bottom sweater band back onto the sweater. To do this, place the band upside down so cut edges are touching the cut edge of the sweater. Right sides should be touching.
The best way to sew this back on if you don't have a serger like me (but I'm saving my money!) Use a zig zag stitch first. Then, when both pieces were attatched, I ran a straight stitch down the length really close to the outer points of the zig zag stitch.
It should resemble something like this. If you have a lot of lumps and bumps they will usually iron out nicely as long as you sewed a straight line.
Find some coordinating ribbon and cut 4 strips the length of the front of your sweater plus 2 inches.
Sew the ribbon strips onto the front opening of your sweater by pinning one on the right side and one on the wrong side and sandwiching the cut edge of the sweater in between. Tuck the ends inside themselves. It's important to not stretch the sweater when you are pinning or stitching. It will cause you to have lumps and bumps that you can't iron out. Stitch down both edges of the ribbon.
To finish the arm holes, measure your bicep. If your bicep is bigger than your sweater arm hole opening, cut 2 ribbons the size of your bicep plus 1 inch. If you sweater arm hole opening is bigger than your bicep, cut 2 ribbon the the size of the opening. (my sweater was bigger than my bicep, arm curls anyone?)
I'm only finishing off the outside of the sleeve, because you aren't going to see the underside, like you possibly could with the front opening. But if you are so inclined to finish it on the inside too, it's your choice.
Pin your ribbon onto the arm opening starting at the armpit.
Continue pinning around the arm opening, and finish at the armpit. Fold your edge under. Careful not to pull and stretch the sweater or you will get unwanted lumps and bumps.
Sew around both side of your ribbon.
All done! I think this would look lovely with a pin made out of repurposed leather. Gonna write that one down for another time.
I will be sharing this tutorial with the awesome links located at the bottom of this page, or you can find them in the navi bar under "linked to"
Make a Sweater Better WILL resume tomorrow! I've had a lot of obligations this week. I have to work and overnight shift tonight, and after I get a few hours of sleep tomorrow, I will put up the next tutorial using the rest of the sweater that we used for the legwarmers.
What I really wanted to share was what I did this past weekend! I attended an engagement party, and of course, that day, I decided I needed a necklace to go with my dress. So what does any self respecting crafter do??? Drive my husband crazy and make my own! It turned out so well, I decided to make a few more and put them in my esty shop!
I'm kicking off Make a Sweater Better event with.... Leg Warmers!
They say if you wait long enough, long ago trends eventually come back into style. I'm so glad this one is coming back with a vengeance.
Simply made out of the arms of an old sweater, this is a fast project to whip up, and can be made with a light weight sweater for a softer look, or a heavy weight sweater (like me) for an in your face, bold fashion statement. (ok, that might be a little extreme, but my husband thinks these are a little over the top)