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Upcycle: Sweatpants to Fleece Neck Warmer

So I did my due diligence when it came to getting organized in the New Year: I purged my closet of all the stuff that I didn’t wear. This included a comfy pair of Columbia fleece pants that were so unattractive my husband forbid me to wear them – anywhere! But, before they made it to the Goodwill truck, I snagged them back and made 5 neck warmers (gaiters) out of them.

To give you an idea of how easy this is, I made 2 of them at 9PM the night before we went skiing. Snip, stitch, snap!

So here are the horribly unflattering pants about to be upcycled into cozy neck warmers for the whole family…

Step 1. The quick and easy pattern. Cut a segment of the leg, twice the length you want the finished neck warmer to be. I went with 18″, which gave me a 9″ long neck warmer.

Step 2. If you want, dress it up with an applique or trim. Be sure to put whatever embellishment you add close to the bottom hem of the pant leg.

Step 3. Fold the top part into the inside of the pant leg so that the fabric is doubled. The cut edge will then be lined up inside with outer hem.

Step 4. Sew the ends together so that the hemmed pant bottom covers the cut edge. You don’t want the cut edge sticking out of the bottom of your neck warmer.

This neck warmer made of recycled fleece, makes a great handmade gift idea!

Note: This project can also be made by repurposing fleece pajamas with broken zippers. You’ll just need to make the tubes (like the pant leg) first.

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I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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One Response to Upcycle: Sweatpants to Fleece Neck Warmer

  1. Denyse @ Glitter, Glue & Paint February 3, 2013 at 1:46 am #

    Ohhh! I love this…Too bad my pink fleece pants I wear around the house are my favorite.

    Denyse@ Glitter, Glue and Paint

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