I think you’ll agree with me when I say, plaid rocks. It never goes out of style. Ask the Scottish or Welsh! Come on, I know you secretly have a section of plaid shirts in your closet, and you wiped away tears when the trend went away in the 90’s. Plaid was hated for a bit after its overuse in the 90’s, but deep inside we were all waiting for an excuse to break out our secret stash of flannel.
No? You don’t wear flannel? Lies! I bet you sleep on flannel sheets.
Something I love more than plaid? Infinity scarves. I have a moderate collection of infinity scarves, mostly knitted solid prints like black, grey, and mustard yellow. Infinity scarves are expensive too, J. Crew sells them for $45, Gap for about $30, and American Apparel for $28. I just think this is too much money for something I could make myself.
The other day I started wishing for a plaid infinity scarf. I thought to myself, where could I find one? Better yet, let’s just get some fabric and make my own and blog about it! I went to my local JoAnne’s, found some plaid prints that were cute enough, and went to the service counter to get the fabric measured. I completely forgot it was the Friday before Halloween…I walked into a swarm people waiting in line. The line was 40 people deep, no joke. I put my fabric down and walked out. No way do I have the patience to stand in line for 2 hours to get 1 yard of fabric cut. By this time I was really jones-ing for a plaid circle scarf, so I got to thinking… my BF has a bunch of plaid PJs he never wears… I can save a buck, cut them up and sew my own infinity scarf
Genius! Take your man’s tired out plaid PJs, and fashion yourself a circle scarf! (I hope you don’t mind the pictures of myself. My BF was playing photographer, telling me how its done!)
You can make yourself a circle scarf in about an hour, here’s how:
First, take the PJ pants, and cut up the inseam.
Open up the pant leg and cut the leg off at the top of the inseam. Do this for both legs.
Both legs should be of equal size. Lay the two legs on top of each other, wrong-side out (the outer seams from the original pants should be facing out)
Pin the bottom end together
Sew the bottom. Your fabric will now be twice as long.
Now, fold your fabric long ways, seams still wrong-side out, pin then sew. Once the long side is sewn shut, it will look like this (sorry, this is a bad pic):
Turn the fabric right-side out, then fold in half so the two ends are facing each other
Fold the edge of the left side inside itself, about a 1/4 inch, and pin. Then tuck the right side inside the left, and sew shut. The purpose of folding in the left side,before tucking the right side, is to give you a clean seam once you sew the scarf shut.
See? Clean seam!
I love it, if you can’t tell.
My infinity scarf was sewn like a tube. You can make infinity scarves, or circle scarves, out of jersey, which don’t necessarily require sewing the ends together. Jersey material typically rolls in on itself when washed, which hides the raw edges. I think I’m going to make a few jersey scarves next, after I raid the rest of my BF’s PJ drawer, whoa ha ha ha ha! (that’s my tribute Halloween laugh for ya)
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