Yesterday my knitting group came over and we set up shop in my unfinished basement. I set up the folding tables and chairs. Everyone brought their sewing machines and/or sergers. We all brought our old cashmere sweaters. You know the ones that have lots of holes in them so you can't really wear them - but you somehow just can't let yourself throw away a cashmere sweater? We washed the sweaters first to see if any new holes would appear.
This is what I mean by holes in the sweaters. These two scraps were used to test the serger on the sweaters.
One friend even went to Goodwill and bought a few cashmere sweaters. She discovered that the sweaters were the same price whether they were men's or women's sweaters - so she bought men's sweaters which were much larger and would provide more material.
We set out to cut the sweaters into sewable strips of fabric. We somehow came up with the expression "filleting the sweaters." Oddly enough, this term fit. That's exactly what it felt like.
Here we are clipping away. Why, yes, that is a full size tent set up in my basement! Why do you ask?
Using rotary cutters and cutting boards, we made quick work of slicing the sweaters into approximately 6 inch wide strips.
We had looked online for different options of 'upcycled' sweater scarves and some were serged for a decorative edge. Others were sewn and the seams were hidden inside the doubly thick scarf. I opted for a serged decorative edge.
Lori made a wide cowl.
Michelle W. made an extra long stripey scarf.
I made a blue and green stripey scarf. That darker color is really blue not periwinkle.
Michelle W. Made a lovely stripey scarf.
Kathy made a lovely scarf showcasing this gorgeous argyle pattern. She used the inside hidden seam for her scarf. It's doubly thick - so doubly warm!
I also made a New York Mets scarf. This is really a blue and orange scarf - but it looks purple in this picture. All the guys in my house thought it was very warm and soft. Not sure if any of them would actually wear a scarf like this... but it sure was nice.
More pictures to come at our next Sweat Shop day. If you've got some old sweaters like this lying around, I highly recommend getting the courage to upcycle them. I haven't worn my holey sweaters in years. I'm thrilled to have them out and being proudly worn once again!