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Sew a 15 Minute Infinity Scarf by The DIY Mommy
DIY Pregnancy, DIY Sewing, Life

Sew a 15 Minute Infinity Scarf

By Christina Dennis

Sew a 15 Minute Infinity Scarf by The DIY Mommy

I love scarves; they are the epitome of fall accessories. They’re perfect for layering and transitioning lighter fall clothing into cooler weather and scarves can add a beautiful pop of colour or pattern to what might otherwise be a dull outfit.

Infinity scarves are a kind of tubular scarf that’s attached at both ends. They’re usually stretchy, and you can wrap them around your neck once, twice, or sometimes three times for different looks/warmth levels. This type of scarf is a breeze to make, and I’d love to show you how!

Supplies:

  • 2 yards of very lightweight fabric (I prefer stretchy fabric like rayon/cotton/bamboo/polyester knit jersey but you could also use woven lightweights like cotton voile, cotton lawn)
  • hand sewing needle + thread

I used Designer stretch Polyester Jersey Knit Floral Purple/Teal/Grey for the floral scarf and a polyester jersey I found at a local fabric store for the leopard print scarf.

Instructions:

Sew a 15 Minute Infinity Scarf by The DIY Mommy

Cut your fabric in half lengthwise so that you have two long strips (you can make two scarves out of two yards!). Fold the fabric in half again lengthwise with the right sides together. Pin and sew the raw edges together (I used a serger, but you could use a regular sewing machine with a 5/8 inch seam).

Sew a 15 Minute Infinity Scarf by The DIY Mommy

Pull the tube to the right side out, and then pull one end over the other so that the right sides are together again and the two raw edges meet, as pictured above.

Sew a 15 Minute Infinity Scarf by The DIY Mommy

Here’s the trickiest part (and it’s not even that tricky), but it gives the scarf a cool twist that helps it lay flat: Twist the inside layer so that its seam meets the opposite side of the outer layer’s seam, as pictured above. Basically, you’re twisting the inside layer 180 degrees. Pin the raw edges together..

Sew a 15 Minute Infinity Scarf by The DIY Mommy

Sew the raw edges together leaving a 2″ opening.

Sew a 15 Minute Infinity Scarf by The DIY Mommy

Turn the scarf right side out and hand-stitch the opening closed. Voila! Your scarf is ready to be worn & loved.

Sew a 15 Minute Infinity Scarf by The DIY Mommy

Twist it once for a drapey look.

(I like to model scarves in front of my messy bookcase and beside my full basket of laundry.)

Sew a 15 Minute Infinity Scarf by The DIY Mommy

Twist it three times for a snug cowl.

(I also like to modal scarves in front of my fridge, at night.)

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DIY Crafts, Fashion, Life

9 Favourite Fall Fashion Styles for the DIY Mommy

By Christina Dennis

Fall has to be my favourite time of year. To me, even though the leaves turn and fall, it’s a time for fresh beginnings and new dreams. I love sipping warm spicy drinks in the brisk weather, and I’ve always enjoyed dressing in more interesting layers and fall-ish fashion.

As a mom – and as a crafty mom at that – I like to find outfits that are just as practical as they are interesting & creative. Jeans are my go-to pant, and stretchy layers work so well with an on-the-go lifestyle. Here are my top 9 favourite outfit ideas for fall this year for a DIY Mommy:

9 Favourite Fall Fashion Styles for The DIY Mommy

  1. (Image Credit) Nothing says “autumn” more than a scarf, and I love this colourful scarf paired with a mustard yellow blouse, trouser jeans and medium brown accessories. Easy and casual!
  2. (Image Credit) For a “mom’s night out”, this forgiving wrap is gorgeous and glamourous. Tall brown boots are a fall classic, and the teal purse adds just the right pop.
  3. (Image Credit) Brights can be worn in fall too! Here, happy hues of yellow and aqua transition into autumn via cardigan and casual jeans.
  4. (Image Credit) Coloured jeans can still be worn in cooler weather with a monotone, neutral scarf and cardigan combo paired with brown accessories.
  5. (Image Credit) This floral scarf is so sweet worn with a feminine blazer in a nubby textured fabric. I like the contrasting striped shirt underneath.
  6. (Image Credit) Here’s another fabulous example of bringing bright colours (mint & blush) into fall with heavier fabrics and a warm scaf.
  7. (Image Credit) A bold striped cardigan is paired with a black shell, pumps and pops of yellow accessories. Trouser jeans are a must for fall!
  8. (Image Credit) Fern green and mustard yellow are classic fall colours and pair nicely here with chestnut brown accessories.
  9. (Image Credit) A pop of coral makes this casually cute outfit sing! A tan biker jacket is a nice classic paired with a skinny jean.

What is your go-to “mommy uniform” when the weather cools down? Are you a jeans girl? Prefer maxi dresses & cardis? Comment below; I’d love to hear!

(P.S. I’m working up the courage to possibly do regular features of my own style – I’ve noticed a lack of fashion blog posts for petite-ish, curvy moms. Please let me know if this might be something that would be interesting or not!)

(P.P.S. Want to make your own scarf? Click here for a DIY!)

Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured.

Life

Sew a Boho Blouse — A Simplicity Pattern Review

By Christina Dennis

Sew a Boho Blouse by The DIY Mommy

I love easy, breezy bohemian-style blouses. They remind me of the last days of summer and they also hide some postpartum parts of my body that I don’t find so lovely. *wink!* Empire-waisted blouses with flowing hems are also fantastic maternity wear!

I found the perfect pattern by Simplicity for a pretty tunic blouse:
Simplicity sewing pattern 1896: Misses' & Plus Size Tops SUEDEsays Collection size A (XXS-XS-S-M-L-XL-XXL)

What I like about this pattern is the fluttery sleeves and the elastic/drawstring waist. Plus, it’s by a season 5 Project Runway designer – oh, how I love that show!

Supplies:

DIY Boho Blouse by The DIY Mommy

Directions:

  1. Cut your pieces out from your fabric using the tunic pattern. I made some changes. I changed the direction the sleeve pattern piece was placed on the fabric because I wanted the crochet edging of my fabric to be on the edge of the sleeves. I also shortened the bottom of the blouse by a good 4″ (because I’m short and I didn’t want the tunic to be that long).
  2. Sew the blouse per pattern directions. I found this pattern to be quite straight forward. The only issue I had was with the facing on the neckline – boy, was that hard for me! You have to sew the facing to the neckline, then turn it to the back, then fold a hem over and sew it. It took me a few times to get it looking “normal” and laying flat. I’d recommend lots of patient pinning and pressing when you get to this point! Also – rather than hemming the bottom of the tunic the traditional way (by turning it twice and stitching with a machine), I used my serger and made a rolled hem.
  3. Press the blouse, slip it on, and enjoy your easy-breezy boho blouse!

DIY Boho Blouse by The DIY Mommy

I love my pretty blouse, and I’d definitely recommend this pattern to any intermediate seamstress. Take your time with the neckline, and try finding an interesting fabric with a lace or contrasting pattern on one salvege (turning the sleeve piece on the fabric – and buying more fabric! – to accommodate). You could also trim the sleeves with crocheted lace too!

DIY Boho Blouse by The DIY Mommy

Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured.

DIY Mint Jeans by The DIY Mommy
DIY Crafts, Fashion, Life

Dye Your Own Mint Jeans

by Christina Dennis

One of the hottest trends for this year is coloured jeans – specifically mint-coloured ones! Jeans are a prefect mommy style essential, and finding the perfect shade of mint jeans can be tricky. Why not buy some inexpensive white ones and dye your own? My good friend Cheryl of Bella’s Boudoir of Jewelry and I did it this spring and it was surprisingly easy. (Those gorgeous legs pictured below are hers!)

DIY Mint Jeans by The DIY Mommy

 Supplies:

  • white jeans (we bought ours for under $25 at Winners)
  • turquoise blue fabric dye
  • emerald green fabric dye
  • salt
  • rubber gloves!

Directions:

DIY Mint Jeans by The DIY Mommy

Prepare your fabric dye according to the package directions. I bought two of each colour of fabric dye, but I only ended up using one of each for two pairs of pants since we wanted such a light mint colour! We followed the package directions for the dye, bringing some water to boil and adding the dye and a little bit of salt. We used a full package of turquoise and half a package of green to make a soft, warm mint green colour.

DIY Mint Jeans by The DIY Mommy

Mix the dye in a basin of warm water (again, following the directions according to the dye’s manufacturer), and dip your pants in. Make sure you’re wearing gloves for this (my poor friend ended up with nicely dyed green hands!) and that the jeans are submerged fully in the water as quickly as possible. I swirled the pants around in the dye with my gloved hand the entire time (mostly because I was nervous that the dye wasn’t evenly touching all parts of the pants). Our dyes said to submerge the clothing for up to 10 minutes, but I took my jeans out after only 3 minutes and Cheryl only had hers dipped in the dye for less than 15 seconds! We wanted a nice light minty colour, so if your dyes were darker like ours you’ll need to be quick too.

DIY Mint Jeans by The DIY Mommy

After dying the pants, rinse them really well with warm water. Let them dry completely before wearing them or machine washing them so that the dye will set. My jeans dyed a lot lighter than the shade they appeared in the picture above when wet, and Cheryl’s were lighter still because she didn’t dye them as long. We both washed ours later on the cool cycle in our machine washers and the dye did not fade.

There you have it – a fun project to do with a mommy friend that results in some trendy new jeans for you at a great price!

Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured.

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