I had this old button Henley sweater way in the back of my closet. To make it into a scarf, all I did was take some scissors and cut across the torso under the arm holes.
I was happy to see that the fabric did not fray, so I cleaned up the cut line and that was it! To wear the cowl, I draped it around my shoulders and left some of the buttons open over my arm. I think it almost looks like a little caplet now.
The turquoise sweater was not quite as simple, but still pretty easy to make.
When I cut that sweater across, the fabric edge was frayed.
To finish the edge, I gently rolled the fabric under itself and sewed a quick hem around the circle.
I don’t know if it was just the fabric OR if I was pulling it too much, but the hem started to form these waves in the sweater as I sewed. I thought that created a pretty effect. (I’m normally not a ‘ruffle’ girl, but a single gentle wave I like)
The material for the sweater was a pretty thin and it was easy enough to sew on my machine. A thicker sweater may be more difficult to sew, but I bet you could still work it the same way.
I’m not sure which sweater I like better… I love the color of the turquoise one, but the style of the brown scarf is so cozy!