How to Make a Crew Neck From a Turtleneck

Written by grace covelli
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Some people do not like to wear turtlenecks because they do not like the way the high collar hugs their neck. If you are someone who will not wear a turtleneck and have one sitting in your drawer, grab a needle and thread and make your turtleneck a crew neck. The whole process does not take a lot of time, and it does not require much work. When you are done, no one will ever know your crew neck was once a turtleneck.

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Things you need

  • Needle
  • Thread to match the colour of your turtleneck
  • Pointed pair of scissors
  • Iron

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  1. 1

    Turn your turtleneck shirt inside out.

  2. 2

    If the collar on your turtleneck folds over, unfold it and pull the two pieces of fabric that form the turtleneck away from each other by pinching and pulling one side of the collar with the fingers on your left hand and the other side of the collar with the fingers on your right hand.

  3. 3

    Carefully insert the tip of your scissors into the fabric, close to the shirt label and seam at the neckline, making sure you do not pierce the second layer of fabric that forms the front of the collar.

  4. 4

    Cut the fabric as close to the neck seam on the inside of the shirt as possible, cutting all the way around the collar, up to the point where you first inserted the scissors. Turn the turtleneck shirt to the right side.

  5. 5

    Cut the turtleneck collar down the centre, cutting vertically and towards the neck seam, stopping 1.75 inches away from the neck seam.

  6. 6

    Cut all the way around the collar, 1.75 inches away from the neck seam. Discard the material you cut off.

  7. 7

    Fold a quarter-inch of the edge of the remaining 1.75-inch collar in toward the wrong side of the shirt and press with a warm iron.

  8. 8

    Fold the collar over again, toward the inside of the shirt, making sure the first folded edge of the fabric meets with the neck seam.

  9. 9

    Pin the collar in place.

  10. 10

    Slip stitch the collar along the first folded edge, stitching the collar to the neck seam. End your stitches after stitching completely around the collar, and cut the end of the thread. Do not pull the stitches too tightly when sewing to avoid putting tension on the stitches when you pull the turtleneck shirt over your head.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear a thimble when sewing with a needle and thread to avoid piercing your skin.

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