This post is the first of a series that I have called “the sweater challenge”. How many redesigned items can I actually make from a sweater? The intention is to use as much of the material as possible to create as little waste as possible. The items need to look nice, and be functional. ❤ Do you want to join me? I will be posting on Instagram with the tag #zerowasteredesign.
Or you can just follow me on IG under CodegreenbySoAmamador or my private account SoAmador 😉
So the sweater I am using is a 100 % cotton knit in the color “ultimate snoring grey”. (Sorry about the bad lighting in the photos, winter happened)
First up is making the arms into Leggings. Ooor what I will use them for…my thighs. I an choosing not to freeze this winter. UTI`s are soo LAST YEAR!
- 1 ruler
- 1 pair of sissors
- Chalk for drawing
- Lace with stretch
- Sewing machine
- Black thread
- Measuring tape
- Black fabric paint
- Plastic to cover the surface
- Iron and ironboard
- First I used used a ruler and chalk to make a straight line across the arm from the armhole. After cutting it, I folded the sleeve from the seam and out. Then I get to see if the line is straight or not. Cut away the extra fabric. Repeat on the second sleeve.
- I cut off the rib (saving that for another item).
- Do the same on the other sleeve. Double check that they are the same length by putting the sleeves on top of each other. Cut away fabric to make them even.
- Measure the circumcise of the top and bottom of the sleeve. Then add 2 cm. That is your measure. Then measure the lace and cut 4 lengths.
- So since I didn’t have a color that looked good with the grey, I used black fabric paint and a sponge and dabbed it on the lace. I let the lace dry, then I ironed it on the setting wool for 5 min with a cover over for protection. I could have gone over one more time with black paint, but I like the effect with a little pink shining through. It gets a little vintage feeling.
- Sew the ends of each lace together with seam allowance on 1 cm. Pin the lace to fabric. I chose to let the lace cover 1,5 cm of the hem. Then the effect of the lace as see through will be more visible, blending better with whatever pants I am wearing that day. I used a zigzag with 5 mm wide and 3 mm stitch to fasten the lace.
Then its done! Hope this can solve the problems of way to many sweaters with arms you got laying around. Or maybe just some inspiration for a DIY-Christmas presents 😉
Thx for reading ❤ Here is ANOTHER picture with terrible lighting. The ELEVATOR picture! But what ya gonna do when winter came and stole the daylight 😉