Sunday, December 22, 2013

10 minute project: men's shirt into infinity scarf

My mom gave me this men's Toronto Raptors shirt that she somehow acquired. She thought I could make something cool from it.

I liked the small houndstooth pattern on it and thought it well suited for a scarf. I have a fair number of scarves, but no infinity scarves. It seemed like the time to make one. I started by chopping the shirt in two pieces, cutting across the chest just under the armpits. I made this bottom piece into a large rectangle by trimming off the very bottom curved hem of the shirt as well.

With the buttons open, I folded the rectangle in half, right sides together, to make a long, skinny rectangle. 

I stitched along the raw edges, leaving a seam allowance of about half an inch. I turned the tube right side out and topstitched along the same edge. The whole process took about 10 minutes.

I twisted the ends a few times, then buttoned it up to make it an infinity scarf. It was just long enough to loop around my next twice. For an accent, I added a watch band I got for a dollar at the thrift shop.

Of course, I can also wear it as a regular scarf, if I want. I love having options!

The only problem with the scarf is that the material is a little too stiff to drape nicely. If I made another one of these, I would use a softer/thinner fabric. 

Thanks for reading. Happy holidays!    -Amy


Carissa said...

I *adore* the watch band detail! What a fabulous idea! The whole thing is totally fab, but that little detail kicks it up a notch.


├ůsa.Li said...

Wonderful beutiful ide!

cucicucicoo: ecological living said...

Cool and funky idea! :) Lisa

Keturah Rogers said...

I am looking for a way to take my hubby's shirt and turn it into a pocketed scarf to hide my passport in for our trip to Paris. I am taking a soft button down shirt that has the perfect zip pocket. Its an ugly orange tho I think yours is gorgeous. The stiff fabric is actually a good thing if you want to install a hiding place. You can't do that with t-shirt fabric. Although a little pocket for cash or bank card could be a good idea! I'm going to get working on mine with yours to help inspire me. Thanks!