Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Sweater Vest and Matching Leg Warmers
Ready for a fun project that requires no sewing. My friend Jessica saw this idea on Good Things Utah. Anyway, here's what you do, go through your closet and find an old wool sweater that you don't wear any more...or go to Savers or DI or Good Will and find some wool sweaters. Go home and wash the sweaters in hot water in order to shrink them. Then simply cut off the sleeves. The sweater becomes a sweater vest and the sleeves become the leg warmers or leggings. So, here are the steps:
Step 1: Get a wool sweater.
100% wool is probably the best, but as you can see mine is 98% lambswool, 1% nylon, and 1% lycra spandex.
As you can see, the washing instructions clearly show that you should not wash a wool sweater in hot water. However, since we want it to shrink, go ahead and ignore that. Also, I threw mine in the dryer for a bit after I washed it and that seemed to be fine.
Step 2: Wash your wool sweater in hot water to shrink it and then allow it to dry.
Step 3: Cut off the sleeves at the seams
Step 4: Find a cute little girl to wear it like my neighbor Chadley.
She is about 4 1/2 years old and was the perfect size for my new sweater vest and leg warmers.
So this sweater went from a GAP woman's size S to 4T-5T...pretty awesome huh?
After cutting off the sleeves at the seam you will need to even them up so that they have a straight top. Also, according to Chadley, the wool leg warmers were a little itchy for her so I would recommend having your child wear tights or something like that under the leg warmers.