5 DIY Tutorials for Fall Accessories
Frigid winds and dry, cracked skin are coming for us all in just a few weeks (unless you live in a warm state, in which case, carry on). Fall has a lot of qualities that redeem the cold weather: piles of leaves, apple cider, and pumpkin-flavored everything. Most important, fall clothing just has nostalgia and hot chocolate written all over it.
Even if you managed to hold on to your accessories from last winter, you might feel the need to update your collection. Rather than buying new, consider this a challenge to get your DIY on. Here's a roundup of five tutorials for creating your own winter gear.
1. Slouchy Beanie
This beanie is too cute and very simple to make. This tutorial is for beginners, so don't be intimidated if you're new to crocheting. It makes a nice, inexpensive gift for a friend (or to yourself).
2. Bow Earwarmer
Here's another beginner crochet tutorial — an earwarmer with a big bow on the side. The most important piece of this tutorial is the band that goes around your ears — it actually does help to keep them from frosting over in the coldest of winters. You can try making the bow smaller using fewer stitches. If you're not into the bow at all, try leaving it off or finding a tutorial to crochet a flower instead.
Got a sweater you never wear but just can't get rid of? Upcycle it into a stylish cardigan! This simple tutorial involves a sewing machine for about three seconds, but you could probably create the same look sewing by hand.
A vest isn't a fall accessory per se, but it never hurts to layer up. This unisex vest will add class to any T-shirt you wear underneath. Bam! Instant stud. Just make sure you're handy with pair of scissors.
5. Fringe Legwarmers
Need we say more? You'll have to sit through a one-minute intro for this tutorial to get rolling, but the end product is unbelievable. A skinny leg with a fringe? It's genius. Why didn't we think of that?
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Krislyn Placide is an editorial intern at Sierra going into her fourth year of journalism school at Northwestern University. When she's not updating the blog, she likes running through parks and eating her weight in watermelon.