WIWW: Fun Graphic Sweater & DIY Boot Socks

owl sweater and peach pants

FringeKid received a sizable gift card to Kohl’s for Christmas.  I’m always thankful for family who bless my kids with nice Christmas gifts.  I really do appreciate them.

As soon as she opened her gift card, she said, “I want you to get something too.”

And she meant it.

peach pants and sweater

FringeKid and I have a little tradition in Kohl’s.  Every time we get to go shopping there, I always split whatever money I have with her.  We each scour the clearance racks, including the jewelry clearance rack and walk away with something fabulous.

Usually we only go in the store with fifteen or twenty bucks, so we work to dig a treasure out of the 80% off clothes.

That’s why she insisted I get something on this shopping trip.  It’s kind of a tradition for us.

As soon as we walked into the store, she spotted this owl sweater, ran over and grabbed it.  She gave it to me for Christmas and I love it.

Sweater: Kohl’s, Pants: Sonoma brand from Kohl’s, Necklace: Charming Charlies

Jeans & Striped Sweater

My hair blew up over my head.  That’s why it looks cooky on top.

Anyway…I’ve had this sweater for years.  It’s kind of gross with all the pimples on it, but I love how comfortable it is.  I call it my grandpa sweater.  One of the seams is coming apart at the wrist, but it will make through this winter.

Sweater: Target (old), T-shirt: Hand-me-Down, Jeans: Kohl’s, Boots: Dr. Marten Becca Engineer boot.

boots and boot socks with circle scarf wiww

I found this tutorial on Pinterest for turning an old sweater into a circle scarf and boot socks. Just so happens I had an old sweater in my closet.  I’ve had this sweater for years and I don’t know where it came from.  I didn’t buy it, so it must have been a hand-me-down.  Although it fit me, it never looked right.  I think it would work better on a tall, thin woman, but not so much on my shape.

circle scarf and boot sock refashion wiww

It was so easy to turn the sweater into a circle scarf and boot socks.  I simply cut off the arms and made leg warmers.  Then I cut the torso of the sweater right under the armpits.

Bam!  A circle scarf.

No sewing involved.  Pretty cool, huh?

Jeans: Same as above, T-shirt: Hand-me-down (I know you can see that I sewed a hole in the front of the shirt. I should probably trash it, but I won’t.  I’ll wear it till summer and then I’ll think about trashing it.), Scarf and socks: Upcycled, Boots: Same as above.

That’s it.  It’s what I wore this week, or at least what I remembered to photograph.

I’m joining The Pleated Poppy in What I Wore Wednesday.  Hop on over and visit her for oodles of fashion inspiration.



  1. So the scarf (which I HEART!) is just basically the neck of the sweater?

    • Heather, No. The scarf is actually the body (torso) of the sweater. You cut straight across the sweater under the arms. So you end up cutting the entire top of the sweater off. The arms are used for the boot socks and the top (neck) is discarded. Does that make sense? If you click on the link in this post, you’ll see a graphic and then it will be easy to understand.

  2. You wear such cool clothes. I’m a jeans and plain t-shirt kind of gal–boring. My 14 year old daughter really likes your glasses. She wears glasses too, and is also good with clothes. (She didn’t get it from me). Really like the idea of sharing the money with your daughter and vice versa.

  3. Aaaw, such a pretty owl sweater! The first combination with the owl sweater would be perfect for spring too. ;)

  4. love the first sweater! great idea with the boot socks!

    C’s Evolution of Style

  5. What a fun post. Love the shopping tradition you have with your daughter, the owl sweater she picked for you is fabulous!
    I’ve done the DIY circle scarf before, but never the boot socks/legwarmers…what a cool idea.

  6. OK, so now I’m going to leave my PC to immediately dig through my old sweater box. That idea is GENIUS!!! Thanks so much for sharing it.

  7. Cute graphic sweater! You look great! I did something similar with an old scarf recently – just tied the fringe together and cut it off – bam – circle scarf!

  8. I love your owl sweater, especially the sweet sentiment behind it. And your sweater turned scarf/boot socks is awesome! I am definitely going to raid my own closet to see if there’s a candidate for cutting up. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Hey! Love it! You do great putting it together.:)

  10. jodalamode says:

    I am checking out that pinterest idea IMMEDIATELY! Awesome idea and love that you did it with green! So cute. So is your owl sweater – what a sweet tradition to do with your daughter :)

  11. Very cute stuff! I love those boots!!!!!! :)

  12. That owl sweater is darlin’! Your WIWW posts make me smile and always bring inspiration to my closet. I so wish we had a Charming Charlies around here…

  13. I love the idea of re-purposing the sweater. It’s a beautiful colour! I also really like you purple striped sweater :)

  14. jonathanochart says:

    That owl sweater is adorable! Glad the gift share had fruitful results – thanks for sharing!

    - Jonathan I http://styleoverstress.wordpress.com

  15. Visiting you from WIWW @ The pleated poppy. Love the boot socks and scarf. They are soooo cute! I saw it on your Hello Monday post and I can’t wait to try it. Have a great Wednesday.

    Lisa C @ Ginkgo Street

  16. Visiting you from WIWW @ The Pleated Poppy… I LOVE the scarf and boot socks! I saw your outfit on your Hello Monday post. I can’t wait to try it. Have a great Wednesday!

    Lisa C. @ http://www.ginkgostreet.blogspot.com

  17. Love the way you recycled the old sweater! It’s so easy in our throwaway society to just throw things away. Good on you DF :)

  18. dancingwithashley says:

    It just so happens that I have an old sweater lying around as well. Need to make it a scarf.

    Loving this owl sweater!!! Sooo cute!


  19. I know it’s been awhile since I’ve been by. I love the new look of your blog! Your circle scarf is great–I may try it. I’m all for projects where I don’t have to sew.

  20. That’s about the sweetest gift share ever :) Love the sweater scarf idea. I might just have to steal it!


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