Upcycle! From Turtleneck to Boat Neck Top


Here is another recycle project for the turtlenecks in our closet, and it's easy - perfect for beginners! For this sewing tutorial, I am using a turtleneck that has a design, but any tank top will work. Click below for the video tutorial and here is a quick recap.

Supplies:

  • Scissors
  • ½” Wide Elastic
  • Pins
  • Tailors Chalk or a Fabric Marking Pen / Pencil
  • Turtleneck

Machines Used:

  • Start by marking the new boat neckline on the turtleneck. I am using a dress form and following the design on the turtleneck. Another option is to measure from the center front and back neck down to the top of the newly desired neckline.
Upcycle Sweater to Boat Neck
  • Add a ½” seam allowance and mark the new cutting line. Start cutting higher than the new marking to test the fabric for fraying.
Upcycle Sweater to Boat Neck
  • If it is determined the fabric does not fray, then go ahead and cut along the last chalk marked line. If the fabric does fray, leave an extra 1” of fabric from the chalk marked line until after you attach the elastic.
Upcycle Sweater to Boat Neck
  • Measure around the circumference around the new neckline. Subtract 1” from that measurement and cut the elastic the same length. Start from the center front and pin the elastic to the wrong side of the fabric. Stretch the elastic as you pin, so the elastic is a little shorter in length than the fabric. Continue to pin all the way around the top. When you get to the center back, cross the elastic ends and pin to secure.
Upcycle Sweater to Boat Neck Upcycle Sweater to Boat Neck
  • Zigzag stitch in to secure the elastic. Trim off any excess elastic.
Upcycle Sweater to Boat Neck
  • Use a zigzag stitch to secure the elastic to the wrong side of the fabric. If you have a serger, you can skip the zigzag stitch and instead use a 3-thread overlock stitch.
Upcycle Sweater to Boat Neck Upcycle Sweater to Boat Neck
  • Turn the elastic into the top and tack at the shoulders. If the elastic pops out at the center front or center back, add a few more tack to secure the elastic in place.
Upcycle Sweater to Boat Neck

Watch the video here:

[youtube id="9FlQ1LOoLh4"] That’s it! Enjoy your new cute top. I always love to see what you are working on 😊 Be sure to share photos of your upcycled turtleneck on the social side with hashtags #brothersews #angelawolf Cheers, Angela angelas-sig
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Angela Wolf Says:
6/18/2018 9:59:24 AM

Hi Jeannie, Yes, stitch a zigzag stitch along the elastic like I show. that should secure your knit ends too. I showed the serged edge as well for those that have one :)

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Heather Westley Says:
11/21/2019 1:31:27 PM

I agree that the “background” music is so loud and irritating. It makes it difficult to listen to Angela

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Valerie Says:
6/16/2018 10:42:34 PM

I love this and Angela is great. They only complaint is the music it is to loud and annoying the video would have been perfect without the music.

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Jeannie Easterday Says:
6/14/2018 8:21:20 AM

If I don't have a serger is there another way to complete the neck line?

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Angela Wolf Says:
6/18/2018 9:59:43 AM

thanks for the feedback Valerie :)

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