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Some kind of tutorial for cowl and hand-warmers

A cowl and a pair of hand-warmer

My first tutorial! Well, sort of. As I’m being asked about how I recyled a scarf into a cowl and hand-warmers, I made this, uh, simple drawings on how to make them.

I hope the drawings can explain itself. The scarf I used measured about 120×45 cm. It has to be a bit stretchy as it’ll be worn over the head. I think old T-shirt can also be made into this cowl and hand-warmers.

Basically, the scarf is cut along the dashed lines (and also along the middle width of the scarf). The upper part will be made into 2 pairs of hand-warmers, while the lower part will be the cowl.

There are no exact measurements as every fabric has different stretch.

Some kind of tutorial for cowl and hand-warmers

The hand-warmers are basically just rectangles sewn into tubes. Before they are sewn, fit the rectangles over the wrist to find the right measurement. Mine is about 16 cm in circumference. Trim the excess fabric and sew them into tubes, leaving several centimetres unstitched to make a hole for the thumb. Fold the upper and lower edge about 2 cm to the inside and stitch, zig-zag stitches are recommended. I leave the inside edge of the seams unfinished, but zig-zag stitches can be used on them to keep from fraying, it depends on the type of the fabric.

Cut the cowl according to the lines, and stich the sides together. Fold the upper edge about 2-3 cm to the inside and stitch using zig-zag stitch. Finish the inside seams if necessary. There you go!

Link: A cowl and a pair of hand-warmers

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7 Responses to Some kind of tutorial for cowl and hand-warmers

  1. Betty says:

    Thank you for this wonderful idea. I’m giving a link to your page on my website, of course, if you allow.
    Betty, Prage, Czech Republic

  2. Laurel says:

    Thanks for the drawings! i like this idea for old sweaters.

  3. Debbe says:

    Amazingly clever! I have some great scarves which I was going to use for rug hooking, but I will detour some of them to this project! Thanks so much for your generosity!
    Warm regards from Canada, Debbe

  4. Anonymous says:

    I'm going to make this cowl at least, if not the hand warmers.
    It is easy, doesn't require much material and is very practical yet fashionable.
    Right up my alley!! Thank You for sharing your design!
    Hmm. Now about some matching foot warmies…

  5. Sabine, La Marquise des anges says:

    wonderful !!! thnkas you so much for sharing this tutorial :)

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