Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sweater-Vest Necklace Tutorial

I'm a sucker for accessories. (What girl isn't, right?) But when I started getting my scarves out for the winter, I have to admit I was a little disappointed by the selection. The same scarves in the same colors year after year was getting a bit.......boring! So I decided to make one. Or so I tried...

I started with this lightweight sweater vest I found in a Goodwill-destined bag:

First, I cut off the top of the vest, underneath the arm holes:
Next, I cut off the bottom band:

Which left me with this:

I set aside the two smaller pieces and folded the larger piece in half:


Then I rotated it counter-clockwise, so the fold was facing me. I cut strips approx. 3/4 inch apart, trying to get close to the seam but leaving at least 1/8 inch of connecting fabric:

When I unfolded it, I could see that some of the cuts hadn't gotten close enough to the seam. I evened them out individually:

Almost done! Time to open it up along the seam. I found using your hand/arm as shown really helps:

Once I had finished opening it up, I gathered the material along the seam and laid it out as shown. The two seams are at the top and bottom in the picture below:

I used the bottom band of the sweater vest to cover up the seams. First I cut it into two equal sized pieces; then I cut one of the pieces in half:

I tied one piece around the seam material at the top and one around the seam material at the bottom.
I decided I liked it better with the seam knots on the side, so I rotated it like this:
Okay, so it turned out more like a necklace than a scarf...
...but I'm not complaining :)
I also tried the same technique with a few different types of shirts:

It's kinda fun that they all turn out with a slightly different look. And kinda nice that you can recycle your old sweaters or t-shirts into brand new accessories!
Hope you have fun making yours!!
Thanks for taking a peek inside my Lemon Tree Dwelling!
I hope you feel right at home :)


  1. These look very cool. It is great that you can repurpose things you don't use anymore. I like the fact that each one looks a little different depending on the fabric type and texture.

    1. It's fun to try different fabrics, and I'm hoping to try some different designs too! I'll let you know how they turn out!

  2. What a lovely scarf and yay, instructions I can understand! Thank you! :)

    1. Thank YOU! Glad you like it and glad the instructions are clear. It really is VERY easy :)

  3. What a fun idea for old clothes. Too bad I don't have any old sweater vests:(

    1. No worries...t-shirts work great too! Especially ones with a tiny bit of spandex in them :)


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