Who doesn't love a cozy cute scarf?! It can not only keep you warm on chilly days, but it can add that extra oomph to an otherwise blah outfit.
Wanna know the best part about this cascading ruffle infinity scarf? It came from this...
a dollar store t-shirt. And it's so easy nearly anyone can make it. Literally, I just bought a sewing machine and this was my first project! Trust, it is simple.
So what do you need to make a scarf from a shirt?
- Coordinating thread
- Sewing machine
1. Cut the sleeves, collar and side seams off the shirt leaving the bottom hem intact. You'll have two main pieces. Cut each piece in half down the center.
2. Place the left piece of each shirt half on top of the right piece with the outsides of the shirt facing in. Align the neck and arm holes and cut the neck area to be straight across. Pin the neck area together for each half.
3. Take the two "strips" you've created and now pin the bottom hem area together with the inside of the shirt strips facing out. It will now be one big long strip pinned together.
4. Sew all the strips together where pinned using a straight stitch and backstitch on each end. Trim any excess material on the inside of the seam.
Cute, but not exactly what I was looking for. I wanted a chunky scarf with lots of texture.
I was inspired by Amanda's Scarf and decided I wanted a mix between that and a cashmere infinity scarf I purchased at a boutique.
Continuing on with the how-to...
6. Sew a long basting stitch down the length of each side in about an inch and a half from the edge. (I used a stitch length of 5 and tension of 4.) This will gather the fabric slightly. Be sure to leave a good amount of thread on each end.
7. Holding the bottom thread carefully pull the top thread while pushing the fabric down to create more gathers and ruffling. Careful not to break the thread. Do this from each end toward the center until you get the desired look. Tie the string in a knot on each end so they won't come loose during the next step.
8. Pin the last two ends together and sew with a straight stitch to form the infinity scarf circle.
Put it on and act like it's a fancy boutique number and enjoy the fact that only you know it cost you $1.
Oh and did I mention that my my scarf is in a Craft Wars type competition over on Buzzfeed? If you like my scarf I would love your vote!