|Loki models his new "armies", along with what remains of the shrunken red sweater after making three pairs of armies from it.|
One favorite easy sewing project of mine is to make "armies", arm warmers, or whatever you want to call them. I've been making them for years from busted shirts. It's always nice to have a pair around for when your wrists get cold ;) Actually they make a lot of difference if they're wool, and as you can see in the photo of my son, they make you feel a lot tougher.
|They can make excellent presents as well, for those who like to do handmade holiday gifts.|
I used to make them a lot shorter, so they were basically fingerless gloves, but these days I like them to be more like sleeves, up to my elbows. Then I can get away with tank tops in December.
There isn't much of a trick to them. They can be as simple and rustic or finished and embellished as you want. I tend to go for the quick & rustic look. I like the things that I make to look handmade, but I also like them to last, so I do a whip stitch around the cut edges to reduce fraying. I have heard that if you wash (read: felt) them after stitching around the edges, the stitches will just shrink up and the edges will be nice and clean.
I'm kind of ethically opposed to taking a perfectly good sweater and turning it into a project, when there are enough shrunken or stained sweaters out there to make arm bands for the world. You probably have a sweater right now that's past its prime, not really wearable but perhaps was once a favorite? Give it a new life!
|These were made from scraps of a wool scarf.|
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Never Waste a Shrunken Sweater: How to Make Arm Warmers
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