It seems like scarfs are the hot accessory item this year. And of course this year the new “thing” is the “infinity scarfs”. Yeah, it’s a fancy name for what amounts to a circular scarf, (no fringed ends).
But here’s the deal. I don’t knit…. and I don’t crochet… but as you know,
I do know a thing or two about sewing…
so when I recently saw a couple of fabric “infinity” scarves in a magazine, it got me thinking about how I might could duplicate that look for myself by making use of a little of that ever-growing fabric stash in my closet!
|This scarf was repurposed from an old black T-shirt|
So I did some thinking and a little sketching, and was ready to try my hand at sewing up my first scarf and then one evening when I was folding a stack of T-shirts it hit me …. EUREKA!!!
A T-shirt is THE PERFECT choice for an infinity scarf because;
a) it’s already sewn together in a circle
b) cut T-shirt edges NEVER have to be hemmed, and
c) there is no right or wrong-side to the fabric
For these reasons and especially since we must have no less than 50 T-shirts upstairs in a wide variety of colors, most of which we NEVER wear…
Here’s what you’ll need:
- an old t-shirt- it doesn’t matter if it has printing on it, you’ll only be using it from the armpits down anyway.
- masking tape
- a yardstick
- textile paint-I got a little 2.25oz bottle from Amazon. (and FYI, I pretty much used ALL of it on this project.)
Flatten your t-shirt onto your cutting surface and secure the edges with masking tape.
Place your yardstick onto your t-shirt somewhere under the armpit area, so that it’s parallel with the bottom edge of the t-shirt .
I used a roller blade to separate the top half of the shirt from the bottom half, but I think scissors would work just as well as long as you cut carefully and as straight as possible.
Now move your yardstick down to the bottom edge of your t-shirt and cutaway the hemmed area,
Here’s my cut-away t-shirt, all secured and ready to decorate.
*Please note- if you intend to use fabric paint on your t-shirt, you’ll need to place some material INSIDE your shirt between the layers to keep your paint from seeping thru to the back layer. I used some old magazine covers, but cardboard would work well too.
(You can imagine how I found out that this was necessary.)
Since I wanted to make a polka-dotted scarf, I set about searching for something that would make consistent circles on my t-shirt, and voila, this old used mini-roller (used on end) fit the bill perfectly!
So now it’s time to start placing my polka-dots. I chose to employ a linear design, but i could have painted them in a totally random fashion if I had preferred.
Now after a thorough drying, it’s done and ready to wear! With NO sewing, and very little effort or expense I have a cool accessory item that goes with almost everything I wear (PLUS- it addresses my black & white obsession quite effectively!)
Of course this project does little or nothing to help resolve my ever-mounting fabric stash problem…..but that’s another problem, for another day, right?