December 20, 2013
today i’m sharing the last gifty idea i have before christmas (you can also see tutorials for soy candles, painted wooden spoons and reversible ribbon cuffs!). this one is so easy, you can easily make a whole bundle in just a few hours! because they’re repurposed from old sweaters, they don’t require many supplies and are definitely easy on the wallet. i always hold on to to wool sweaters i’ve ruined in the wash (which means i had plenty!), but if you don’t have any woolies you’re ready to part with, i’m sure your local thrift store will have plenty to choose from.
i wear a wrap nearly every day. they’re perfect for top knots, messy hair days, cool weather and quick runs to town. i also love that these come with two looks! wear the tie in the back or on top (off centered looks best!).
- 1 (or more) wool sweaters
- printable template (click to download)
- serger or sewing machine
- matching thread
step 1: download and print the template twice (choose ‘do not scale when printing’). cut out the large and small templates (if desired) and tape together along the edges. most sweaters will make 5 wraps- if you use the sleeves and the small template where the neckline is.
step 2: fold the template in half and lay it on your sweater (see image above for guidelines). cut along the edges.
step 3: if your wrap is in two pieces, place them right sides together and serge or stitch along the widest edge to make it one piece.
step 4: serge along all four edges. if you don’t have a serger, you can turn down the edges 1/4″ and press, then turn them down another 1/4″ and press again. then, straight stitch along the turned down edges to finish.
step 5: tie the ends to make the wrap- you can either wear it with tie in the back or on top (i like to wear it with the tie off centered in the front!).
for the labels:
download the printable tags and print on full page sticker paper. cut out along faint dotted lines. tie up with tissue paper and twine. gift!
p.s. i know you love my mama bear sweatshirt! (obviously, i couldn’t resist it.)