Thrifted wool sweaters can definitely be the gift that keeps giving. Here's how to take one secondhand wool sweater and upcycle it into four different types of scarves.
For this DIY, you'll need a secondhand wool sweater from your local Salvation Army Thrift Store. The larger the better! Next wash it in hot water then put it in the dryer. This will felt the wool. Now you're ready to get crafty!
1. Infinity scarf
You can simply make an infinity scarf by cutting the base of the sweater in a straight line 10" inches from the base. You can vary the width of the scarf depending on your preference.
2. Regular scarf with a fringe
Another easy way to craft your own scarf is to cut the sweater diagonally. Cut in a straight line 10" inches from the edge. You can vary the width of the scarf depending on your preference. You can then cut along one of the side seams then cut the seam from the edge of your DIY scarf. I then used scrap pieces from the top of the sweater to make fringe. I hand stitched the ends to the scarf in a jiffy then was done.
3. Wool necklace scarf
I've made necklaces out of thrifted t-shirts so I figure why not make a wool necklace too. Cut strips diagonally. You can make these 1-2 inches in width. I cut 3 strings then wrapped them together with the end of one of the sleeves.
I used most of my wool sweater for the first 3 scarves so used the arms to make my cowl. I cut the sleeves off then cut up the seam. Next I cut each piece into identical rectangular pieces. I stitched them together to extend the length of the cowl. Next you'll add buttons and buttonholes. The placement is up to you and how you want the cowl to sit.
5. Bonus scarf
Use the remaining wool pieces to patch together another scarf if possible. If you have remnants from other wool sweater projects then use those as well! Make something truly one of a kind for your bonus scarf.