Step 2: Harvesting the Scarf Fabric

First, you'll need to remove a sizeable chunk of the sweater for use in making this scarf, so we will now proceed with the extraction.

If your sweater is made of a knitted or crocheted fabric, you'll want to sew a line of stitching right around the body of the garment, just below the armpits, to prevent fraying when working with the pieces later on.

Once this is done, cut through the body of sweater, one layer at a time, ABOVE the stitching, to remove the desired piece.

Finally, to make the piece workable, find one of the side seams on the sweater body and cut right along side of it, from top to bottom. You should now have one long piece of sweater with one seam in the middle of it, the remaining side seam from the old sweater.
Great and thorough instuctions! Question: have you ever worked with seam/ bias tape to hold your upcycled sweater edges better? I'm worried that my sweater yarns will unravel, even with the zigzag stitch.
It would certainly add to the secureness of the edges, but I have been using my scarf for over a year now and have not experienced any issues with the edges fraying, as they are secured safely inside two seam lines. You could omit step 4 and 5 completely, and just sew a double-wide bias tape around the edge of the scarf. It would allow you to add a contrasting colour to change the look of the scarf. Let me know how it goes if you follow this step!
That's a great scarf, the flower is a nice touch.<br />
Thank you!<br />

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