How to Turn a Sweater Into a Shrug

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How to Turn a Sweater Into a Shrug
Make new garments using old clothing. (sweater and shirt on a clothes line image by Gina Smith from

A shrug is a warm accessory that covers the upper back and the arms. It can transform a summer tank top into a top that can be enjoyed through the cold winter months. A sweater with stains, rips or snags on the front is a perfect candidate for a shrug. This project can change the gender of an older brother's hand-me-down into a little sister's favourite cover-up. Turn a sweater into a shrug in less than 30 minutes.

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Things you need

  • Tailor's chalk
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

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  1. 1

    Lay your sweater on your work table with the front side facing up.

  2. 2

    Draw a line on the front of the sweater from the left side of the neck to an inch below the armpit using tailor's chalk. Repeat on the right side of the neck.

  3. 3

    Turn the sweater over with the back facing up. Draw a line across the back, connecting the ends under the armpit.

  4. 4

    Cut along the drawn lines. You will not need the bottom half of the sweater.

  5. 5

    Sew a zigzag stitch along the cut edge. This will finish the cut edge and create a ruffle. Use a thread that matches or coordinates with the sweater.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a sweater in your size.
  • Use a sweater with a tight knit to prevent ravelling.

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