Do you have a sweater that you don't wear any more? Are you currently living through the coldest winter in recorded history? Well, I have a project for you!
You can use that old sweater to make your own hat and mittens! I found the idea here and it is a really simple sewing project suitable for beginners.
You can make a template by tracing a hat you already own on some copy paper. Lay your sweater flat on your work surface and pin the template so the bottom is along the ribbing. Cut out. You should now have two pieces. Pin right sides together and sew all around, leaving the ribbing part open. Because the sweater material frayed quite a bit, I used a zig-zag stitch along the raw edges. You could also just use a serger if you have one.
Follow the same procedure for the mittens. Make a template using some mittens (or trace your hands) and pin to the sleeve of your sweater, placing the bottom of the template on the ribbing. Cut out, place right sides together, and sew all around leaving the ribbing open. Once again, I used a zig-zag stitch on the raw edges to stop the fraying.
I am so sick of winter but at least I have some original winter gear to help me look stylish while shoveling the snow! Give it a try!
Note: We are currently having a bit of a respite from the snow but more is expected. Ugh!