SCARF REFASHION: TO INFINITY AND BEYOND!
I have an obsession with infinity scarves. At first, I had an obsession with just scarves in general – crocheted scarves, light spring-summer scarves, warm fall-winter scarves. But then I discovered the magical power of the infinity scarf – simply loop the scarf around the neck twice and I’m ready to go. No knots to fiddle with. Just loop and go. And I still look somewhat fashionable.
Months ago, I broke down and bought a simple black infinity scarf after several failed attempts to make one on my own using old T-shirts. I absolutely love love love love my black infinity scarf, but I also know I can refashion or create one of my own. So, I took my purple and white scarf with some scraggly fringe and simply turned that into an infinity scarf by eliminating the fringe and sewing the two ends together.
Luckily, the purple and white scarf was long enough to turn into an infinity scarf that I could loop around twice. For some reason, I don’t like the single loop look on me. Some people can pull off the look, but I’m not one of those people. 🙂 I look fashionable and I feel more confident with two loops. Anyway, I took a big sigh of relief when the purple and white infinity scarf was the perfect length.
However, the next two scarves I wanted to turn into infinity scarves weren’t as long. So, I bought a quarter of dark grey fleece that matched both “feels like cashmere” scarves. I had the intention of buying similar “feels like cashmere” fabric, but I couldn’t locate that anywhere in the fabric store and I didn’t know the technical term for the material. Luckily, the store held a fabulous fleece sale and I spotted the dark grey fleece.
My original plan of finding similar “feels like cashmere” fabric was tossed out the window when I realized I would pay less than $1 for grey fleece to refashion two scarves into infinity scarves. At this point, I really didn’t care about having two different types of fabric. I spent 41 cents for a minor fix — I’m a happy girl. With the grey fleece, I cut a square to match the width of the scarf.
Fleece doesn’t fray or unravel, right? I’m thinking no since I have a billion fleece tie-blankets and none of them have frayed or unraveled. So, I decided to skip hemming the fleece sides and and simply sewed the scarf ends to the fleece (obviously cutting off the fringes). And presto! I have two new infinity scarves for the winter. I really like the small grey block breaking up the original pattern a bit.
I briefly thought about using a French seam to connect the scarf and the fleece but decided against. A simple straight seam and a zig zag stitch (to prevent fraying) would be less bulky. I also could be completely wrong about the French seam being bulky because I am not an expert at that technique. No matter because the seams should be barely visible when wrapped and bunched around my neck.
I really don’t want to learn 52 ways to knot a scarf – I just want a scarf to make me look fabulous. Not to mention, if I knew how to tie a knot 52 ways, then I would spend forever debating which knot would look the best with each outfit. I don’t have time or patience for that. Nope. The infinity scarf is the way to go. Loop twice. Adjust, if necessary. And run out the door, looking fabulous.
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