Craft/DIY Ideas

Seersucker Scarf

I haven’t made a good scarf project in awhile, so here’s a new design I experimented with:

A classic seersucker stripe with an added touch…

A mini pom-pom trim on three of the sides.

It may be a little more lightweight and appropriate for summer, but I like it anyhow.

I’m not a major pom-pom type of girl, but I really dig this mini pom trim, found at JoAnn’s. (Simplicity brand–they had tons of other awesome trims as well.)

The construction of this piece was pretty simple.

I took my seersucker fabric and determined how long and wide I wanted it to be. (My finished one is @5″W by 50″L.)

Double the desired width, plus about 1″, and cut your fabric. My piece of seersucker wasn’t long enough so I cut two of the same length and width and joined them in the middle, sewing right sides together and then pressing open. Fold in half lengthwise (right sides together), press, and sew along the entire length and along one of the short ends.

Turn right side out, tuck the remaining short side in, press, pin, and top-stitch around the entire outside.

Pin mini pom-pom trim around three of the sides and stitch around the edges. Since this was such a mini trim, this was the hardest step for me and I ended up using a short zig-zag stitch to reinforce it.

If I made another one of these I would probably make it a tad bit longer, or even into an infinity scarf.

See my other scarf tutorials from last fall here and here.

Craft/DIY Ideas

Ruffled Jersey Knit Scarf

My pretty pink new scarf.

I admittedly have a pink fetish. Those of you who know me can testify to this–I wear pink A LOT. Even though I had made some infinity scarfs last month, I wanted to try out something with some feminine ruffles added in, preferably using some jersey knit fabric.

This pink fabric was found at Goodwill–I got a yard piece for $1.25! (I’m telling you, that housewares section is a great place to find fabrics!) I looked around at several ruffled scarf tutorials online, but ended up doing my own little design. This is the basic outline of how I made it:

Cut 2 pieces of jersey knit cotton fabric–mine are approximately 7″ wide by 60″ long. (the fabric is folded in half in this pic.)

Cut long lengths of 1″ wide fabric–cut these lengths into 6-@15″ long strips.

Using those 1″ wide strips, make a ruffle out of each one. Don’t know how to make a ruffle? On a long stitch length setting, sew a straight stitch down the very middle of the strip without backstitching at all. Pull on the bottom bobbin thread, making the strip ruffle up until it’s the desired length (in this case, 7″). Leave all threads hanging for now.

Pin 3 ruffles at one end of one scarf, about 1″ from the bottom and going up 1″ for each ruffle. Using a normal stitch length, sew a straight stitch next to where the other stitches are, but not directly on them. This will attach your ruffle to one side of the scarf. Now try to pull out those previous stitches that you placed in to form your ruffle. Repeat on the other end of the same scarf piece of fabric. You should now have 3 at one end and 3 on the other. (I’m still learning this, so mine aren’t great, but hopefully you get the idea.)

The final step in making this is to pin the two large pieces together and sew along the entire perimeter, about 1/4″ from the edge. The beauty of this fabric is that it doesn’t fray, so those raw edges are supposed to be there! Now your scarf is ready to wear.

My oldest child snapped this picture of me yesterday wearing my new creation. I thought I’d better step out from behind the camera once in a while!

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Girls’ Upcycled Sweater Scarflette

While I am in a scarf mode, I was itching to try out a different scarf idea that I had seen recently. It was a super cute tutorial on iammommahearmeroar.blogspot.com that I thought I’d give a go, especially since I had a couple of thrifted sweaters waiting to be upcycled. This idea is for a scarflette, a.k.a. a short scarf that hugs the neck. Again, like my infinity scarves, this one takes 15 minutes tops to make. Also, if you have an old sweater waiting to be used up, this one’ll cost you $0 to make! I ended up making a littler version for my daughter, which she graciously modeled for me before school.

My sweet Heidi girl, modeling her new scarflette.

If you’re thinking that this just looks like a sweater sleeve that’s been cut, sewed, and buttoned, give yourself a pat on the back. That’s because it is a sweater sleeve that’s been cut, sewed, and buttoned! Yup–simple, right?

The instructions are easy as pie. Take a sweater you are willing to cut up–in this case, I chose a chocolate brown cotton sweater from the Goodwill Bargain Bin. Cut out a section of it (in this case, a sleeve) that has the front and back. How long and how wide you make it is your choice. Including the bottom of the sweater or the cuff will give one edge a more finished look. Fold the right sides together lengthwise and sew along both long sides and one short side. I didn’t sew along the cuff end because that’s where I wanted my buttons. Turn right side out and decide on your button/button hole placement. Hand sew the buttons on to one short end and make button holes on the non-sewn end. That’s it! Wrap around your neck, button that baby up, and you have a new accessory to add to your fall & winter wardrobe.

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Infinity Scarf Tutorial

If you would have asked me last year what an infinity scarf was, I probably would’ve given you a blank stare. Now if you asked me, I could give you a (sorta) lengthy explanation because now I have a clue what they are. Basically, they are a scarf with no beginning and no end, hence the name Infinity. They can be made out of a variety of materials and are very versatile. You will most likely be seeing these in lots of stores this fall and winter.  Please, please , please, do me a favor–do not go out and plop down lots of $$$ for these things.. They are SO extremely easy to make, and depending on the fabric you use, cost almost nothing either. I like wearing scarves some of the time in the fall and winter, so you know I just had to try these out.

Interested in instructions on how to make your own? It only takes about 15 minutes and has a minimal of steps.

My 75 cent striped Goodwill fabric.

First off, select the fabric you want to use. I had this one in my fabric stash for awhile and hadn’t found the right use for it yet. Honestly, it reminds me of a rugby shirt, which reminds me of fall, so I chose this one to use for my trial scarf.

Cut your fabric into long strips. How wide you make them depends on how wide you want your scarf. Some prefer more of a chunky scarf, but I was going for more of a long, loopy look, so I cut mine into @7″ wide strips.

Flip your fabric strips inside out, so that the right sides are facing one another. Sew along one edge, going down the whole length of the strip. I ended up sewing just two of those strips I had cut separately and then connecting them later. After this first scarf, I think it would be easier and look nicer if you sew what you want into a super-long strip first, then do this step. Hey, you live and learn, right?

For your last step, flip the strip(s) right side out and tuck in the raw edges at both short ends. Tuck one end inside the other and sew the two strips together. Then you’re done!

A line-up of my scarf making efforts.

As you can see, I usually can’t just stop with one! Once I discovered how quick and easy these are to make, I went a little crazy and tried it out with some different fabrics. From left to right in my picture, I used: basic cotton, cashmere from an upcycled sweater, the knit striped cotton, flannel, and jersey knit. Each have different qualities and ways of draping once you wear them. For instance, I liked the coziness of the gray cashmere and the flannel, but liked how the jersey knit draped the best.

There are so many possibilities using this type of scarf. Depending on the length, you can wrap them one, two, three, sometimes four times around. This was my first time wearing one, and I have to say that I liked how the ends didn’t hang all over the place like a traditional scarf. So, go on and whip up a bunch of these for yourself. Or, since Christmas is really not that far off, they would make a fabulous gift.