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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.)

(Giveaway closed as of 09-30-2012 @ 10:00 pm MST.)

DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor, DIY Kids Activities, DIY Sewing

9 Favourite Back-To-School DIY Tutorials

by Christina Dennis

Well, August is just around the corner… then September… then back-to-school! I’ve rounded up 9 of my most favourite back-to-school DIY free tutorials on the web to start working on this month:

9 Favourite Back-to-School Tutorials by The DIY Mommy

  1. KID PANTS: The Basic Pant from by made What a great, free basic pant tutorial! Imagine these on your little guy or girl in a autumn-inspired plaid or houndstooth?
  2. Back To School Homework Caddy Tutorial by Sandy Toes & Popsicles This handy, bright DIY caddy would be perfect on a homework desk to store pencils and other school supplies.
  3. Vera Wang Inspired Tulle Trim Cardigan by Distractions How cute is this upcycled cardigan? The tulle and hearts are sweet for girls, or forget the tulle and add simple circle patches in faux leather for boys!
  4. Lunch Bag by The Long Thread A reusable lunch bag is the perfect back-to-school DIY project. There are so many sweet oil cloth fabrics available to make this in!
  5. Sail Away School Dress by At Second Street This adorable nautical-inspired two-piece dress would make a little girl so happy to wear back to school.
  6. DIY Nap Mat / Bedroll by Prudent Baby This is such a fantastic idea – an all-in-one pillow and mat for nap time at pre-school!
  7. Back to School Art Smock Tutorial by Sew Mama, Sew! What a cute and practical DIY tutorial for school – a washable art smock that’s perfect for any art project.
  8. Owl Tag Along Toddler Backpack by Cut to Pieces This adorable and thorough backpack tutorial is so sweet with the little owl details!
  9. Magnetic Back To School Magnetic Memo Chalkboard Tutorial with Bunting by The Gunny Sack A memo board like this would be handy by a front door or mudroom. I love the bunting detail!

Have fun with back-to-school DIY’s this year! (Have I missed any fabulous free back-to-school tutorials for kids? Please link to them in the comments below.)

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 Sewing

Sew a Baby Necktie

by Christina Dennis

Little neckties are so cute on babies and toddlers! They’re such a fun way to dress up a plain white tee or shirt with a pop of colour and whimsy. This tie design features a velcro neckpiece that can be adjusted as Baby grows from 6 months to 3 years and over. Here’s how to make one for your little guy:

Materials:

  • 1/4 yard of cotton quilting fabric
  • 1″ wide velcro

(My favourite place to buy cute fabric for projects like this is Fabric.com.)Continue reading

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The Easy Peasy Hair Clip Tutorial

By Leah Seidl Howdy All! Leah here from Whimsical Elements stopping by for a quick visit! Ever lay awake in your bed at night, in a frantic sweat, just thinking non stop about making your own adorable hair accessories for your own little munchkins- or (let’s be honest ladies) yourself? Ever think “Oh, what I wouldn’t give to possess the know how to rock some awesomeness of my own??!”. Well look no further. Here I have compiled a straight to the point tutorial on how to make basic hair accessories. If you have a glue gun and some ribbon- you’re set! Oh YES, it’s TRUE!! I must forewarn you, that if you are overcome by a sudden urge to make hundreds of these little beauties for EVERYONE you know then I must say this to you : “With great crafty power comes great responsibility”. So without further ado. *Drum Roll Please* THE EASY PEASY HAIR CLIP TUTORIAL!!!

Materials:

  • A glue gun  (the $5 kind from Walmart or Michaels) is perfect! Glue sticks are a must as well 😉
  • Ribbon (grosgrain ribbon is best) 3/4″ width
  • Lighter or liquid fray check (I rock a lighter myself = inexpensive and fire is pretty)
  • Alligator hair clip 1 3/4″ double pronged (Buy these babies on Etsy or your local beauty supply store)
  • Embellishments (Optional) these might include- buttons, appliqués, fabric, lace, macaroni noodles (just kidding- but you get the idea).
  • Scissors

Ready?????? Let’s get this party started!! Step 1. Take your ribbon of choice and cut off a nice clean end. Then using either your lighter or liquid fray check- quickly seal off the end of the ribbon. This will help prevent fraying that will happen from wear and tear. Step 2. Take your alligator clip and pinch it open. Put the heat sealed end of the ribbon about 1/4 of an inch in between the top and bottom prongs. Step 3. Now take your glue gun and apply a thin amount of glue along the top part of the clip. Remember to put a little blob on the top part of the ribbon that is exposed since you will be overlapping the ribbon on top and want them to create a nice seal. You will have to work relatively quickly since the glue will cool fast. IF that happens, no sweat. Just repeat the process- but beware because too much blobby glue makes for bumpy and uneven ribbon 🙁 Step 4. Now after applying the glue, gently smooth the ribbon over the top of the clip. Then put a small dab of glue on the clip end (top and bottom- where the spring is) and be sure to press the ribbon into there. Step 5. Now here is the part where you decide if you want a fully lined clip or a partially lined clip. Both work great, but depending on hair thickness, etc. it is 100% up to you and what you feel will stay in better. Fully lined clips tend to be a little bit tougher to insert into hair, but gives a bit more friction which can give a stronger hold. Partially lined clips slide in much easier and won’t break your hair – but can also come out more easily. ****A “non-slip grip” which is basically a teeny piece of foam or velcro or shelf liner or silicone that you glue to the underside of the top prong of the clip. This again creates more friction helping the clip stay in more securely. Once more – personal preference and trial and error will help you decide. If you want a fully lined clip. Repeat the exact process as you did in Step. 2. Gluing and pressing and then finally cutting and sealing the ribbon end. If you prefer a partially lined clip…. ….just cut and heat seal the ribbon before the opening on the bottom prong. Glue it down into place. FINITO!!! Now for the FUN part!! Step 6. EMBELLISH the top of your finished hair clips (again totally optional- depends on what kind of style you’re going for). Just glue into place. ADMIRE your rockstar “I can do it too!” finished product. Last but not least……… …..WEAR THEM!!!! Or in my case, poke and prod my 3 year old into wearing what is likely the 7000th hair accessory of her life! See? EASY PEASY! It’s been a treat guest posting for ya’ll!! Now go forth and spread some crafty CHEER!!

Leah Seidl Whimsical Elements

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