One of the most popular tutorials on The DIY Mommy (and one of my most favourite DIY gifts to make!) is the 15 minute infinity scarf. It’s a really simple project to sew, and such a great addition to anyone’s wardrobe. I’ve been asked a couple of times to post a video to clarify some of the steps in this tutorial, so during naptime today I did! I hope you find this video helpful when you make your own infinity scarves. These are really fantastic for Christmas gifts!Continue reading
Are you joining me in A Handmade Christmas this year? I’m so excited to finally be done my crazy-busy last couple of weeks (due to WeeStock) and ready to get crafting for my family and friends! I love thinking up fun things to make for the special women in my life – and I’m so blessed to have a ton of them. Here are some of my favourite handmade Christmas gift ideas for women that I’ve found online this year. I love them all!Continue reading
Something I’m making this year are piles and piles of infinity scarves (remember the tutorial I posted in September?). They don’t take very long, they’re so pretty and practical, and you can personalize them with fabric choice to suit the recipient.
I’ve made three more variations of the classic knit jersey style I had originally made, and I really think they’re all pretty!
Sparkly Striped Sweater Knit Infinity Scarf
For a festive and sparkly look (like the first picture above), I made an infinity scarf with a glittery striped sweater knit. I made this one extra wide (the raw fabric measured about 40″ wide before it was folded and sewn).
Woven Burgundy & Chocolate Plaid Infinity Scarf
Plaid is trendy in a big way this year, and I made a second version of the infinity scarf with a plaid woven fabric with a slight stretch to it. This one was also extra wide (at about 44″ before it was folded and sewn). I’m really liking the look of adding quite a bit of extra width to the scarves, giving them a dramatic full look.
Cream Lace Overlay Infinity Scarf
Finally, I made a third version of the infinity scarf by laying a piece of stretch lace over a piece of stretchy jersey (both were about 15″ wide) right sides together. I sewed them together along the length of each side, and then completed the rest of the scarf as I did in my original tutorial. You could use a different colour of knit jersey for a more contrasting look. It’s such a romantic version of the infinity scarf!
Have you tried making an infinity scarf yet? Please share below if you have with a link to your finished project! Or, if you’re planning on making one for yourself or as a Christmas gift – what would be your favourite fabric choice?
It’s officially freezing cold here, and it does get really cold up here in the “frozen north” (which is what I’m endearingly calling my country home west of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada).
We had a huge dump of snow again this week, and it’s time to layer clothing and wear big boots. It’s time to pull out all of the comfy, flannely, heavy things I can find and put them on.
I’ve always had a love for plaid prints, and this year I’m seeing plaid trending in a big way. Plaid reminds me of winter and Christmas and coziness. I had a bought of strep throat last week and then my family had a bad cold this week, so nothing seems more joyous to me today than wrapping myself up in layers of sweaters and scarfs and soft plaids and sipping some coffee (coffee!!!) after playing outside with my girlie (for only as long as we can bear)!
Today I wore something that I thought I never would – a plaid jacketwith a plaid scarf… and they did not match! It freaked me out a little, but I’m really digging the mismatched look lately, and there are golds and browns in this DIY infinity scarf that coordinate with this gorgeous jacket from Ruche. It’s a fun, country cozy look that I thought was cute! The sash on the jacket cinches my petite & curvy self at the right spot, and I’m wearing my favourite boots (which are buried in the snow).
Underneath this jacket is one of my current favourite sweaters. It’s just so easy to wear, hides my mom-tum and it’s really warm:
It’s a cute poncho cape from ModCloth and I think I snagged the last one, but you can Shop ModCloth here for similar styles! They have adorable sweaters and coats this season.
Here’s hoping that the rest of our December is sickness-free and that we can enjoy Christmas without constant nose-wiping and coughing attacks.
What do you like to bundle up in when the weather’s cold?
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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!
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)
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).
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.
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 the raw edges together leaving a 2″ opening.
Turn the scarf right side out and hand-stitch the opening closed. Voila! Your scarf is ready to be worn & loved.
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.)
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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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:
(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!
(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.
(Image Credit) Brights can be worn in fall too! Here, happy hues of yellow and aqua transition into autumn via cardigan and casual jeans.
(Image Credit) Coloured jeans can still be worn in cooler weather with a monotone, neutral scarf and cardigan combo paired with brown accessories.
(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.
(Image Credit) Here’s another fabulous example of bringing bright colours (mint & blush) into fall with heavier fabrics and a warm scaf.
(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!
(Image Credit) Fern green and mustard yellow are classic fall colours and pair nicely here with chestnut brown accessories.
(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!)
I’m excited to be able to share a simple infinity scarf tutorial with you today. As the summer draws to a close an infinity scarf can be a fun accessory to help transition your wardrobe into fall. This is my first guest post, so bear with me if I’m over explaining things ☺ The instructions are for a ‘mom sized’ scarf, but you can easily adapt it for a toddler or child by making a shorter chain.
Let’s get started! Here’s what you’ll need:
worsted weight yarn (pretty much any yarn will work, for a thicker scarf use a thicker yarn)
crochet hook size 6.5mm (again not super important-the bigger the hook, the bigger the scarf)
We’ll be making a simple crochet chain. To start, make a slip knot-insert your crochet hook into the slip knot you just made, hook the yarn and pull it through the slip knot. You’ve just made one chain. Continue to lengthen your chain-for my scarf I chained 180. You can hold the chain up to yourself to see if you’d like it longer or shorter.
Once your chain is the desired length (picture 4), join with a slip stitch into the first chain you made. Picture #5 shows you what this looks like. Once you’ve joined your chain, you’ll have a big circle.
To make the scarf thicker, we’re going to repeat the steps we just did. You’ll start chaining from the slip stitch you just made (picture 6). Chain 180-or the amount you used the first time. Then join with a slip stitch where you started the chain (picture 7 & 8).
Now you’ll have 2 strands to your scarf (picture 9A). To keep your scarf from getting tangled while you continue to add bulk; I recommend draping it over something to hold the shape. I used 2 little IKEA chairs (picture 9B).
Continue chaining and joining with a slip stitch at the starting point (it doesn’t need to be exact-we’ll be covering it right away). I made 16 strands for my scarf. Again, if you want a thinner scarf-use a thinner yarn or make less strands. If you’d like a thicker scarf with more bulk, use a heavier yarn or add more strands.
Once you’re happy with the size of your scarf, cut a tail of yarn about 1 meter long. Use the tail of yarn to tightly wrap the area where you joined all of your chains (picture 11). When you have a few inches left, thread the yarn needle and weave it under the yarn you just wrapped. Secure with a knot and tuck in the loose ends.
You’re done! Now you can wear it out or stay home and make lots more in pretty fall colors. This is also a super-fast last minute gift idea ☺
Karla Ziegler is a wife to one very smart guy, a stay at home mommy to one very active little boy and is very excited to be expecting a little girl this fall. In her spare time she enjoys designing and creating. Her Etsy shop, Twisted Fibres, is full of knit and crocheted goodies for both mom and baby. To see what she’s currently working on, find Twisted Fibres on facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/TwistedFibres or email Karla @ twistedfibresshop (at) gmail (dot) com.