Upcycled Arm Warmers

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By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23

It may be hot now but before we know it fall will return. Make some arm warmers to wear when cooler temperatures arrive. Find an old knit long sleeved top that’s wearing out and upcycle the sleeves. This beginner sewing project is a good way to practice your new skills.






 Try on the shirt sleeves to make sure they will work for arm warmers. For instance, elastic arm bands be too tight to wear over your hands. Or the sleeves may not be long enough since this design will cover half your hand. My shirt had three quarter length sleeves that were almost the perfect length.

Cut off the sleeves by cutting along the armhole seams.

You will be creating a tube from the sleeve shape. Mark out how long you want the arm warmers to be. I made mine thirteen inches long.

Mark a horizontal line with chalk or pins. Cut along this line.

I left two inches of the arm seam intact, starting from the bottom of the sleeve. This saved me a step because I didn’t have to sew one end seam.

Optional step:

I wanted an additional strip for my arm warmers so cut off the shirt’s collar.

Taking my seam ripper, I removed the strip of white fabric. Do the same if you’d like a strip of contrasting color on your arm warmers. If not, skip this section.

Pin the strip of fabric so the edges are folded over.

Decide where you’d like the strip and pin it onto the arm warmer. Sew into place.

Sew a seam lengthwise. I sewed a straight stitch and then a zigzag stitch.

Fold over the edges of the ends and sew into place.

Try on the arm warmers and pin the fabric between your thumb and forefinger.

Stitch an inch down and then use your reverse lever to sew back over this seam.

This seam will get pulled against during normal wear so sewing twice will reinforce it.

Cut off loose ends and turn right side out..

Upcycling is a great way to give a favorite piece of clothing a new lease on life.

These arm warmers also work great for sun coverage while bike riding.

Craft on!


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About Stephanie

Hello everyone. I’m Stephanie and I’m so happy to be the Yarn and Needlework contributor for Think Crafts. A friend taught me to crochet back in 2000 and I’ve been hooked on textile crafts every since. Knitting soon followed, then spinning, needle felting and sewing joined the team. I love making my own clothes and home accessories. Creating fun monsters out of sparkly yarn is my current obsession. I blog about my crafty creations at Twilly 23.

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