staying warm and toasty

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Hello friends! I’m here to talk about sewing scarves. I love scarves, and usually have one around my neck all winter long. I’m attributing this to the fact that I hate being cold and that I will take full advantage of any bit of extra warmth I can hold closer to my body. All that being said, when I noticed the growing “infinity scarf” trend, I figured I better try one out.

Feeling extra crafty this holiday season, I decided I would take a shot at making my own. First, I purchased two yards of this lovely plaid flannel that goes with just about everything in my wardrobe (black? check! brown? check! gray? check! white? check!). I cut a piece 12″ wide, by 2 yards long. Then I stitched the two long edges together to make a skinny “tube”. Next, I turned the scarf right side out, so the seams where on the inside of the tube. And here is where it got tricky. (Or maybe not, depending on how skilled you are as a seamstress.) Seeing as I didn’t have a pattern (or a clue about how to do this), I wasn’t sure how to finish the ends so the seams would be hidden. I ended up tucking one end into the other and then folding the exposed end in on itself before hand-stitching around the circle. I know there are better ways of doing this, but for the novice sewer, this method did the trick!

Now, enough about the process… the scarf itself is warm, cozy and easy to wear. I like being able to just loop it around my neck a couple times and forget about fussing with a knot. It’s perfect for wearing with a  winter jacket or vest because the longer loop can tuck in, while the shorter loop can sit higher around your neck.

I ended up sewing another plain scarf (not the infinity version) with the same fabric, and it was a snap to make. I simply sewed a long tube, turned it right side out, then stitched straight across each end, about 4 inches in. Then I took my fabric scissors and cut wide fringes below the seam. If you have a sewing machine and want a really easy Christmas present to make, buy some flannel and go to town on scarves! If you are a novice, just make plain scarves, or if you want a challenge, try your hand at the infinity scarf. Happy sewing, my dears.

p.s. don’t forget to add a “handmade with love” tag!

  1. Danielle says:

    I just recently got into sewing, and I love infinity scarves so this is a perfect project for me! Sadly, it will have to wait until after the holidays, as I am up to my ears in crafting gifts!

  2. Lisa says:

    Super cute!

    On another note, where did you get those coat hooks? I’ve been looking for big sturdy ones with character! :-)

  3. Meg says:

    You are always up to something crafty and fun! I love visiting this corner of the world. I’m sorry for being a delinquint and not answering your email yet. Life has been crazy!

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