Create a Cozy Cardigan Cowl and Boot Socks From an Old Sweater in 10 Minutes or Less

Whoa! It’s December 21.

Only four days left.

How did THAT happen?

As a teacher, I get so caught up in all the school festivities that gift making and shopping for my own family doesn’t usually begin until the first day of winter break.

For me, when I wake up on my first day of vacation, I put on my running shoes, do a few warm ups and then it’s…..

on your mark, get set, GO!

Let the sewing begin!

So, if you’re anything like me and your creation marathon has just begun, here is a tutorial for a quick and easy upcycled cozy cardigan cowl and some boots socks for a lucky someone still on your gift list.



Click here for the entire tutorial and your chance to win a copy of The Refashion Handbook.

To be entered, just leave a comment and pin the cardigan cowl tutorial and I’ll announce the winner next Saturday, December 27.

The Refashion Handbook

The winner from last week’s wrapping paper post is:


Lisa Andreen.

Send your address to and I’ll send your book out ASAP.

For more handmade gift ideas click here:


Happy Holidays!


About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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35 Responses to Create a Cozy Cardigan Cowl and Boot Socks From an Old Sweater in 10 Minutes or Less

  1. Sherry Grant says:

    Love this idea. I pinned it to try after the holidays. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. maribeth merton says:

    This color is lovely as well as your idea. That cowl would dress up any outfit! And matching boot socks! Lucky gift recipient! YOU are the up cycler to follow!

  3. Mother Deer says:

    Another clever idea. Thanks for the inspiration, and please enter me in the drawing 🙂

  4. Shawnalee says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this idea! It’s super cute and looks cozy! Someone who knits could extend this idea and using a pullover. It would require purchasing a pullover, reinforcing and cutting a steek, picking up stitches along the reinforced edge, and knitting a button band in a complementary color of yarn. Those who crochet, but don’t knit could do the same thing by reinforcing and cutting a steek and then adding a row or two of crochet along the reinforced edge with some loops for sewn-on buttons.

  5. emadethis says:

    Pinned! There cannot be enough ways to keep your neck warm in winter! What a great way to avoid the hassle of making buttonholes in big chunky knits. Also, we must be thinking of the same things—I just made a hat and fingerless gloves out of a sweater that was unfortunately felted.

  6. Karen M Roth says:

    I just love the eye you have for creating beautiful clothing! I pinned the chance to win on my Contest board and the Cowl tutorial to my Sewing board.

  7. Lavona VanFulpen says:

    OMG…I need to make a speedy Goodwill run for a cardigan to sacrifice! Thanks for the detailed posting!

    Sent from my iPad


  8. Thank you so much for this innovative idea. I needed the inspiration to start ASAP! Best wishes for a wonderful, relaxed and extremely creative Christmas season!

  9. Bobbi says:

    I want to make one for myself!
    I can’t comment on the tutorial site because I don’t have a facebook account.

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  11. Ruth Lutz says:

    Another awesome re-use idea! Pinned this one to my ASAP board and am on the hunt for a thrifted sweater to use. I’d love to add your book to my sewing room. Thanks for sharing your creativity!
    Warm regards,
    Ruth Lutz

  12. Tabitha Klucking says:

    What a great idea. Love all your ideas!

  13. Tania says:

    Cute! Cute! Cute! Got me in the mood to sew.

  14. Neat! I hope to try the cowl soon.

  15. Gracie says:

    You are very gifted. Not only do your creations inspire but demonstrate your talent. Thank you.

  16. Shelby Smith says:

    Love, love, love your ideas! They’re so simple and highly creative!

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