You can make a ruffled scarf from cast-off clothing for an easy recycling fashion project! Make the scarf from old T-shirts for a lightweight springtime scarf or use old fleece sweaters for a ruffled scarf that will keep you warm all winter long. You can use the fabric from two different coloured or patterned shirts to make the scarf. If you do not have any cast-offs to use, you can use a solid-coloured fabric and a complementary patterned fabric from the store.
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Things you need
- 2 to 3 T-shirts or ½ yard fabric
- Sewing pins
- Sewing needle
- Clear nylon filament (invisible thread)
- Elastic thread
- Sewing machine (optional)
Lay one shirt on your working surface and cut 5-inch wide strips from the shirt. For a child's scarf, cut enough strips to make 55 inches in length when the short edges of the strips are pinned together. For an adult, cut enough strips to make about 70 inches. You can augment these measurements for a longer scarf.
Pin the short ends of the 5-inch wide strips together and sew the joints together with a clear nylon filament (invisible thread).
Lay another shirt on your working surface and cut 4-inch wide strips to make the 55 or 70-inch length. Lay the strips end-to-end and sew together with the invisible thread.
Return to the first shirt. If there is enough fabric left, cut 3-inch wide strips to make the 55 or 70-inch length. If there isn't enough fabric, choose a different shirt that coordinates with the colours or patterns of the first two shirts. Cut 3-inch wide strips from this shirt and join them together with invisible thread.
Place the 5-inch wide strip on your working surface with the good side facing upward. Center the 4-inch wide strip on top and then centre the 3-inch wide strip in the centre of the 4-inch strip. Pin all three layers together.
Measure ¾-inch inward from the side edges of the 3-inch wide strip and make a dot on each side. Make a few more dots along the length of the strip at the ¾-inch mark on each side.
Place elastic thread on the sewing machine's bobbin or insert the elastic thread through the eye of your sewing needle. You can complete this step by hand or with a sewing machine. Sew along the dotted lines. Use a long straight stitch and backstitch at every end. Do not tie the thread in a knot when you are finished.
Tug on the thread to gather the fabric and create the ruffles for the scarf. Continue to tug until the scarf is as ruffled as you would like. Tie the thread ends in knots.
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