Upcycled Scarf

My one goal this semester is making great things out of cheap material. Coco Chanel was famous for making cheap material couture, such as her use of knit during WWII when resource was scarce and man-made pearl in her jewelry line. It’s the craftsmanship, not necessary the material that matters.

The concept of great fashion doesn’t necessary have to be made out of expensive material is not a new to me., but I haven’t attempted to do it. Mostly because I didn’t have an idea what cheap material I’d use, since anything that’s natural fiber isn’t so cheap now a day. The perfect opportunity came when I learned about katwise’s upcycle coat from one of my classmates, she has a store on etsy:¬†http://www.etsy.com/shop/katwise Did I mention I have been obsessed with etsy lately?

at first glance, the upcycled coat didn’t seem appealing to me since it looks a bit too hippy, like straight out of Berkeley or Haight Ashbury and I’m more a Nobill Hill kinda girl (if you are familiar with San Francisco). But I convinced myself that any technique can be useful in some ways, so I started brain storming ideas. I do have some sweaters that have holes in the elbows which is a shame because the rest of the sweater is ok.

Last week’s class, we learned about lettuce edge. When the instructor first showed it, I loved the idea, but then I was immediate daunted thinking that it must be really hard to make lettuce edge. As it turned out, lettuce edge is one of the easiest things to make as long as you have knit material.

This last Christmas I noticed this infinity scarf trend in fashion. I love scarfs, it’s great a way to mix and match in an outfit and make up different looks. so old sweater + lettuce edge + infinity scarf, I came up with the idea of making an infinity scarf with lettuce edge using my cut up old sweater. since I’m not using different color sweater, it’s not going to look so much like patched garment and less hippy. I also don’t have a surger which is what Katwise recommended, but it actually worked out with just straight stitch, since I made the side stitched up the wrong side.


so to start, here’s my old alpaca sweater:

here’s the sweater after it’s all cut up:

here’s the scarf after it’s all done:

I think I’m pretty happy with the result. Wore it to dinner at my parents’ house and my mom wants me to turn her cashmere sweater into scarf after it’s worm out. so if you have an old sweater and want to turn it into a scarf, you know I’m here!

2 Responses to Upcycled Scarf

  • Mindy says:

    Cicie, this is very cute and a great idea. How did you sew the edges to make the ruffle effect?

  • Cicie Wang says:

    Hi Mindy, I pulled on the edge to make the fabric stretch out and zigzag finish it. I played around with different stitch length and zigzag width with a scrap piece to find out what is a good setting. I also folded the edge under to make it more smooth on the edge, but you don’t have to do that. It’s called lettuce edge, looks like lettuce, right?

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