After seeing the fur neck warmer in the Celine fall collection (pic below), I mentioned via 7 Quick Takes that I was going to try this faux fur neck warmer DIY if I could find the time.
Well, I stopped by the fabric store and I wasn't super impressed with the faux fur options that I found, or with their prices. I didn't buy the fabric and I just put the idea aside. Last night I was struck with the notion that maybe I could use an old sweater. I raided my sweaters and found an angora and wool blend Express turtle neck sweater that I had thrifted about eight years ago. Sorry bunnies, this project did involve you after all...
I cut off the neck and the sleeves. The result looked like this (I apologize for the poor tutorial pics; I did this on a whim at 9pm last night):
I quickly stitched the neck hole and the bottom shut. I then folded it into thirds and stitched the layers together. It looked like this:
And finally, I turned it so the folded over parts were on the outside, sewed the two ends together to create a ring, and flipped it right side out. The whole process took fifteen minutes. Please let me assure that I am not an experienced sewer or crafter, and it still only took 15 minutes! Here is the end result:
As I was sewing, I was also skyping with my sister Virginia, who suggested that I use the turtleneck portion as an ear warmer. Good call, Gin, good call. She also suggested that I save the sleeves for leg warmers. Nice.
So there you have it, old sweater to chic snood (sounds like an oxymoron, doesn't it...) in fifteen minutes! What do you think? Would you try this?
UPDATE: Since living with this snood for a couple of months, I decided to make a change. It was just too warm, too substantial... So I pulled out all of my stitching, and cut the front and back apart along the existing side and shoulder seams. Doing this effectively gave me two pieces of fabric for two snoods. I then re-sewed the snood following the same steps as above. I really like the result; check it out HERE. Need some more crafts? Check out Ana's Link-Up!