Turn Your Old Sweaters Into a No-Sew Circle Scarf!
As we delve into the cold fall and winter months, we’re pulling out those under-the-bed storage boxes and busting out our sweaters. The problem is, some of them look really, really tired. Cardigans with holes at the collar, long sweaters that are pilly and weird, and a sweater with ruffles. What?! For real. And since none of these are in good enough shape to post on Threadflip or even donate, it’s time to repurpose. Follow the tutorial below to see how to turn three old unusable sweaters into a totally chic circle scarf.
– old sweaters!
– card stock
– hot glue gun
– fabric scissors
– painter’s tape
Aside from the sweaters, the supplies here are pretty run of the mill. If you don’t have a glue gun, fabric scissors, and painter’s tape, it’s time to get on it! We used three sweaters but you could easily do this with less or more. The stripes you create are essential for not letting it get too shabby chic.
To make sure your scarf doesn’t come out looking like a Project Runway assignment gone totally wrong, create a simple template to follow. We took an 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of card stock and simply cut it in half. Place loops of painter’s tape on one side – you’ll be sticking this to the sweater.
Stick the template on your sweater and use fabric scissors to cut around it. Then peel it off! Do this with every part of your sweater that’s flat. We found that if you try to incorporate buttons or other details, it can look a little messy.
Repeat this with the rest of your sweaters.
Now you have a pile of sweater rectangles!
Lay them out how you like. Then hot glue along the top edge of your first one and attach the bottom edge of the next one to that. Press firmly to make sure the seam is tight. Then continue with the rest of your rectangles.
Now you’ve got a scarf that looks like this! Now we need to turn it into a circle or infinity scarf.
Before we do that, trim any weird edges that don’t line up.
Onto the circle! Line up the two ends and then lay them flat on the table. Glue them as you did the pieces before, just be careful that you don’t end up with a twist on your circle.
Ta-dah! So circular! :)
Put that circle scarf on.
And get cozy!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)