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September 28, 2015

no-knit cowl

Autumn accessories - the classic cowl (no-knit edition)
Knit-inspired DIY cowl

Happy Monday! I hope you took my advice & made room for some relaxation this past weekend. While there was certainly some laziness to be had, I found a pocket of time in between re-runs of The Office to make this cowl. It's warm, snuggly, & incredibly quick to make. I'm greedily keeping this one for myself, but it would absolutely make a quick & easy gift. Bonus if you're feeling extra lazy like I was this weekend: there's no knitting involved! This cowl was made with sweater fabric. If extreme warmth is what you're after, the cowl could alternatively be made from fleece. Either way, comfy-cozy!

Click here for a no-knit cowl tutorial!
Easy-to-DIY cowl

To make this no-knit cowl, you'll need:
  • 22" x 60"of warm fabric (fleece, sweater fabric, or even an old sweater will do)
  • One large button or decorative pin
  • One set of snaps
  • Needle & thread
  • Sewing machine & notions
Faux knit cowl tutorial
Begin by folding your fabric in half widthwise, wrong side out. 

Next you'll be turning your fabric into a long tube, while also leaving a space in the middle. Sew halfway down the long side of the fabric, then stop. Leaving a hand-sized opening, continue the seam down the remainder of the tube. 
How to sew a comfy cowl
How to make a wonderfully warm cowl

Now that you have your tube sewn, move the seam to the middle rather than the bottom. Sew both sides of the tube closed. Turn the tube right side out through the hole you left in the middle during step one. 

Button up in a wonderfully warm no-knit cowl

Now to sew on your button & snap. The button is just for show - it's the snap that's going to do all the work. Using the hole you left in the initial seam, you can put one hand inside the cowl to sew through one layer of fabric & hide any ugly stitching on the backs of the snaps/button. 

Lay your cowl out on the ground with the long seam in the back. With a pin, mark the positions where your button & snaps will go. The button goes in the top left-hand side. One part of the snap goes behind the button. The other part of the snap goes on the top right-hand side. 

Finally, hand-sew the hole on the back closed.

Last minute DIY cozy cowl

To wear your new fabulous cowl, wrap it around your neck & snap in place. Or if it's super cold out, you can wear it as a hood!

Quick, last-minute no-knit cowl - perfect for fall

When the -20º winds start blowing mid-January, I think I'm going to be really grateful for this heavy-duty scarf. Like, really grateful. I've heard horror stories about Minnesota frostbite.

xoxo, 
-m.e.



44 comments:

  1. Love it! I've got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later today that links to your tutorial: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/?p=84692 --Anne

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    1. Aww, glad you like it. Thanks for the shoutout!

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  2. Hi!
    I just stumbled upon your tutorial on craftgawker and fell in love with this! I have bits and pieces of sweatshirt-fabric that I didn't know what I wanted, or could, do with, but it still was to pretty to just throw away or whatever. But now I do! I'm gonna do a bunch of these in different colours and patterns to up cycle my plain tops and shirts. I was even thinking of making this in a t-shirt and/or knit fabric and just wear as a cooler scarf.
    Anyway... I just wanted to say thank you for an inspiration-boost! And I'm so putting your websiterp as a favourite in my bookmarks! ☺️ ����
    Thanks again!
    Cath
    Sweden

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    1. Awesome idea! I love it, that's going to be one colorful cowl! I'm glad we could spark your inspiration!

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  3. Gorgeous cowl, I love the button detail! Thanks for sharing this tutorial!
    I linked to it from my blog, click here to see it.

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    1. Awesome, thanks! Glad you like it!

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    1. Yay! Glad you like it, it's definitely kept me warm.

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  5. Love it and would be great to be able to size down for granddaughters ages 2 & 4. Iowa winters can be cruel!

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    1. The Midwest winters are no joke for sure! I don't have any little kiddos around to test a resizing, but I'm sure it would be very simple to do. I would also recommend using Velcro in place of the snap since it's easier to take on and off. :)

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  6. Wow!I'm certainly going to make this one! Thanks for the tutorial.

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    1. Glad you like it! Thanks for stopping by the blog! 😄

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  7. Can I ask you a little question? (I would like to make one this evening :-)) => The measurements 22" x 60":is it in inches or centimetres?
    Thank you for answering. Greets Lies

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    1. The measurements are in inches. Have fun sewing! I'd love to see the final product if you end up taking a picture of it! :)

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  8. I needed a Beginner sewing project for the Boys and Girls Club. I found this and it worked perfect!!!!! The girls were soooooo proud of their project. I changed the dimensions to fit the little ones and it still worked perfect! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Oh my goodness, that's awesome! If you took any pictures I'd love to see them (my email is listed on the About page). I'm so glad they worked out. :D

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    2. I made it and I'm so glad with it! You can see pictures on my blog where I linked to your tutorial.

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    3. Awesome!! I'm glad it worked out! I absolutely love seeing how tutorials work out for other people, so this is a real treat. Thank you for showing your project off! :)

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  9. Спасибо за идею, интересно и быстро!

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    1. Рад что вам понравилось!

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  10. Bet you can't guess what my family and friends are getting for Christmas?

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    1. Haha glad you're going to use this tutorial! You've got me thinking about whipping up some more of these for the holidays! 😃

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  11. I am going to make one of these today. I am currently hairless due to chemo, even with hats, my neck is often cold, a couple of these will be great!

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    1. I'm glad you like the tutorial - it's pretty quick to make these, & speaking as a girl from the chilly Midwest, it's nice & warm. Thanks for commenting - warm thoughts coming your way! 😄

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  12. I loved this scarf! I love the idea of using old sweaters which i have a few i will be using. Thank you!

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    1. I'm so glad you like it! If you do end up making one, we love seeing pictures of people's creations. ;)

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  13. Okay! I'm going to try this. I bought some fleece today and am going to do my best. I am not good at 'hand sewing' so who knows what the little opening will look like =) I got some snowman fleece and little buttons like the snowman's face and am going to try to make one for my granddaughter for her birthday. She's 4. Does anyone know if you cut it more than in half?

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    1. question - i am actually using the button. does the button hole and button get placed on the top on both sides? =(

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    2. If you're making an actual button hole, that should be created where the "show button" is in the original tutorial. The button would be sewn on the opposite end of the scarf, on the top side (aka the side without the seam).

      Hope this helps!

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  14. Woah, I love this cowl! Got the idea from the blog of Madelief, but she linked to your blog. Saturday the result is on my beginners blog (sewingtina.wordpress.com). Ofcourse I link your blog and Madelief's blog!

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    1. Awesome! Can't wait to see it! 😄

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  15. This is beautiful. Will love to try it with an African material.

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  16. This is beautiful. Will love to try it with an African textile

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    1. Ooo, it would totally look good in a print! I'd love to see it if you make one!

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  17. thanks for a great and super easy tutorial. the cowl came out just perfect! now i have a cool gift for winter birthdays..

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    1. Hooray! I'm glad the tutorial was helpful! :)

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  18. Hi. Great tutorial and idea. I love it. Getting ready to make one right now for my mother in law. Just wanted you to know that you are still reaching people even tho you did this some time agom. ��

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    1. It makes me so happy to hear that! Sew on! 😄

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  19. Hi. Found this great idea on Pinterest.com and will try it soon! Which kind of fabric did you use?

    Bye, Denise

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    1. Hi Denise! I used comfy sweatshirt fabric, found here: http://www.joann.com/sweatshirt-fleece/xprd790576.html

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  20. Hi and thank you! This is great! 😎🌸

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