Thrifty fashion ~ DIY festive snood sewing project


That retro-knitwear staple, the snood, is very fashionable again this year, with all kinds of patterns and colours available in high street shops. But you don’t need to splash out on a new accessory to keep you warm this winter. You can simply upcycle an old festive jumper or cardigan that’s past its best and turn it into a trendy snood. Keep an eye out for vintage patterns and festive coloured knitwear in charity shops, and you can even choose jumpers with holes or rips that would otherwise go into landfill, because you’ll be cutting pieces out of the jumper and can work around any flaws. I’ve used this wool fabric from Wholeport but if you’re thinking of chucking out a jumper anyway, give this easy tutorial for a winter snood a go – it would work equally well with a chunky cardi or cable-knit jumper – be creative!

christmas sewing project DIY snood scarf

You will need: Old jumper with festive pattern, scissors, needle, matching thread, sewing machine (optional)

Step by step:

  1. Cut the jumper into squares or rectangles of equal width
  2. With right sides facing, pin and stitch the shorter edges (across width) together, matching the pattern if possible to make one long length of fabric.
  3. Fold the fabric in half along the length with right sides facing and stitch along the whole length.
  4. Turn right-side out and hand-stitch the raw ends together to create a loop.
  5. Wrap the snood around your neck once for a loose scarf, or twice for a snuggly neck-warmer.

finished festive christmas sewing project DIY snood scarf

I’m a volunteer Oxfam DIY blogger and this tutorial has been featured on the Oxfam Fashion Blog so please check it out, along with all of the other thrifty festive articles that the blogging team have been producing this month!

Author: Cassiefairy

Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.


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