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DIY Cowl

Hello again, hopefully this post is finding you well rested after a nice holiday.

Today we have a very easy DIY Cowl tutorial for you, one that pairs very nicely with our previous post about DIY Leg Warmers. This project is a great way to use more of the sweater from the previous project. Depending on the material of your sweater, this project may or may not involve sewing.

For those of you using a tighter knit shirt/sweater, all you’ll need is a pair of scissors and your sweater of choice.

Today I will be continuing on with the same sweater I used for the leg warmers.

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The first thing you’ll want to do is lay your sweater flat, then fold it upwards so that the fold seam runs from the bottom of one arm to the other.


I’ve found the best way to cut is to place one hand firmly on the sweater, holding the material in place, while cutting along the fold.


If you have any uneven areas along the edge, just carefully trim them down best you can. Once you are satisfied, fold the material in half inward, so the trimmed edge is essentially hidden inside of the cowl.

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And that’s it. Super simple. Super cute. Combine your DIY Cowl and Leg Warmers to add some color to any winter outfit!

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Hello and welcome to Upcycle for Good, our brand new DIY crafting blog. We’re here to show you how you can turn everyday Goodwill finds into something fabulous and new.

For our first project we’re going to start with a very simple craft... something that will come in handy during these cold winter months.


Now, legwarmers are one of my all-time favorite winter accessories. Not only do they help keep you toasty in your stylish (maybe not made for winter) boots, but they can also add a splash of color to any outfit. Or, if you’d like to stick to practicality, legwarmers can also help keep your boots from slouching down if you’re wearing a pair that are a little big in the calf.

The best thing about this project? No sewing!

All you will need is an old sweater, a ruler, a pair of scissors, and a pen.

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Something to consider when choosing your sweater for this project, a tight knit sweater will hold its shape better and is less likely to unravel. If you would like to use a looser knit, keep in mind you may have to hem the cut end in order to keep from unraveling.

First you’ll need to lay your sweater out on a flat surface, and then you’ll take your ruler and measure 12 inches up from the cuff of the first sleeve. You may of course measure up further if you’d like a little longer legwarmer, you’ll just want to ensure when you measure the other sleeve your lengths are the same.

Mark the 12 inch point with your pen, and then use that mark as a guide to draw a line horizontally across the sleeve.

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Use your scissors to cut along the line you just made. Go slowly so as not to snag the sweater material.

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After you have detached the first sleeve, repeat all of the previous steps on the other sweater sleeve.


You now have a brand new pair of legwarmers ready to compliment any outfit.

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I know what you’re thinking (aside from “awesome!”).

What about the rest of the sweater?

Well, Dear Reader, you’ll have to stay tuned. Our next post will show you just how you can upcycle the rest of your old sweater.

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Stay warm!

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