The weather has definitely taken a turn around here and in fact it is down right cold out, all the time it seems ... well, not Minnesota cold, but cold for California. And, when the wind picks up a bit, and I'm outside watching a baseball game ... a wool scarf is about the only thing that really warms me up to the core.
Here's what I did to make this quick scrappy scarf:
First I gathered a couple of wool sweaters in coordinating colors. I found these 2 sweaters at my local thrift store, and the pink one had been felted, just slightly.
Next, I dusted off my serger and then just dove right in and serged the bottom rib, cutting off about 1/4 inch as I went.
To make the knit ruffle, all you have to do is pull or stretch the sweater as it is going under the machine foot. If you want the serged stitch to be dense than shorten up the stitch length on the machine.
Then, I just started cutting out panels from the 2 sweaters. Each panel measured about 8 inches wide and as long as I could possibly get. I even opened up the sleeve and found a nice long 8 inch wide piece there too.
After I had several segments cut, I lined up the pieces the way I wanted them and then started serging the seams together. Note: If you look really close at the above photo, you can see that I have serged the brown piece to a non-ruffled pink piece, then placed a ruffled pink piece overlapping that seam but meeting at the top of that non-ruffled piece.
Now seam the 2 or actually 3 pink pieces wrong sides together.
Piece the scarf together until you have about 70 inches total in length.
Ok so, as you can see these are pretty darn cute and so simple to make and makes really cute Christmas gifts! Needless to say, the cost was minimal as well ... let's see, I think each sweater was $1.90 and I still have lots of the brown sweater left to make a second one in a different color way ...
While I'm on a roll here, making these infinity scarves from old tee-shirt, thought I'd show you my version made from a tee-shirt my husband tossed in the Goodwill bag!
The funny part to the tee-shirt story ... there's a part of this tee-shirt that I cut off and am saving for a later project that says ... "I'm probably not" ... Soooo my husband ... kind of surprised he was tossing this tee-shirt out.
Another infinity scarf, this time made from thrift store finds, then cut into strips and the tied together. This could be a no-sew project, although for this scarf, I did do a little hand sewing to add a little stitched interest.
Needless to say, the rolled roses are super addicting, and make that perfect little something to pull the scrappy look of the scarf altogether.
Oh, and these would make the best little decorations for ballet flats, headband, or just to clip on the outside of your purse!