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DIY: Festive Snood Sewing Project

Posted by Cassiefairy Oxfam Fashion blogger

19th Dec 2013

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That retro-knitwear staple, the snood, is very fashionable again this year, with all kinds of patterns and colours available in high street shops. But you don't need to splash out on a new accessory to keep you warm this winter. You can simply upcycle an old festive jumper or cardigan that's past its best and turn it into a trendy snood. Keep an eye out for vintage patterns and festive coloured knitwear in charity shops, and you can even choose jumpers with holes or rips that would otherwise go into landfill, because you'll be cutting pieces out of the jumper and can work around any flaws. If you're thinking of chucking out a jumper anyway, give this easy tutorial for a winter snood a go - it would work equally well with a chunky cardigan or a cable-knit jumper - be creative!

You will need: 

  • Old jumper with festive pattern, 
  • Scissors, needle, 
  • Matching thread, 
  • Sewing machine (optional)

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Step by step

Step One: Cut the jumper into squares or rectangles of equal width

Step Two: With right sides facing, pin and stitch the shorter edges (across width) together, matching the pattern if possible to make one long length of fabric.

Step Three: Fold the fabric in half along the length with right sides facing and stitch along the whole length.

Step Four: Turn right-side out and hand-stitch the raw ends together to create a loop.

Step Five: Wrap the snood around your neck once for a loose scarf, or twice for a snuggly neck-warmer.

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Blog post written by Cassiefairy

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