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Easy Cowl – Upcycled Turtleneck

Recycling used clothing has to be among one of the most satisfying ways to spend a cold Sunday afternoon (other than watching the Patriots win the Super Bowl – GO Pats!)  Easy, frugal, fun and useful all at the same time, this sweater became a pair of hand warmers for Ella, a mini-skirt for Chloe and a cowl for me.  Now the rule is that no one can wear their item on the same day.  Fair enough.

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Lay the sweater out on a cutting board.

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Cut straight across the top from sleeve seam to sleeve seam.

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Cut off the sleeves. They will need to be edged in some way. Create a thumb hole with a button hole attachment on your sewing machine.

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Trim the neck seam. Embellish with a blanket stitch in a complementary-colored yarn.

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Wear on the days that your daughters are not wearing their items!

New clothes!


  • Pat hardy
    February 25, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    You Smarty Pants!! Staying warm. Some icicles fell off the roof today. Does that mean it was WARM ? Love, Pat


    • Annie Mahle
      February 26, 2015 at 5:27 am

      Ha! It did get above thirty, so THAT did feel warm. Our sense if comfortbale temperature has shifted dramatically!

    • Annie Mahle
      February 26, 2015 at 5:28 am

      Oh, and, xo back!

  • Dianne Oelberger
    February 25, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Thanks! I buy cheap cashmere, felt it, have made baby hats and 2 nursing blankets for the 2 daughter/moms.
    The turtleneck from felted cashmere turtleneck sweaters makes a great snuggly neck warmer also 🙂


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