I’m Sarah.

After graduating college, I worked as a TV news reporter at an NBC affiliate outside of Chicago. I then retired from that life to be a stay at home mom to my three little ones. While at home I was able to rekindle my love for decorating and crafts. A blog seemed like the perfect place to share those ideas. There is inspiration everywhere, I hope you find some here.

the infinity scarf

the infinity scarf

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This tutorial is available in my eBook "Top 20 Crafts from: The Winthrop Chronicles" buy your copy HERE

I have had a lot of time to do crafts/projects lately. As Danny gets closer to beginning his dissertation for his doctorate degree, he spends more and more time doing research. So at night, after we put the kids to bed, Danny gets out his macbook and I get out my sewing machine. And we listen to spotify (which is pretty cool if you haven't heard of it, you can play just about any music you want for free). Lately, I have been listening to Augustana. I especially like this song.

This weekend I finished up some infinity scarfs. I like these because they are pretty hassle free, you don't have to worry about kids pulling your scarf off or needing to make sure it looks ok. I made one of the scarfs out of some jersey knit (remember when I made this skirt) I used the leftovers for a scarf. When I brought the fabric home, I realized that the fabric wasn't a long sheet like normal, it was actually a loop (which I have never seen before). So I just cut about a third of a yard and it was an automatic scarf. I also made some scarfs out of other fabric I liked. But below I took pictures as I used a normal scarf that I bought last year but thought was a little too big and bulky and turned it in to a thinner infinity scarf.

Here is the finished project and yes, I made some scarfs for Elly too.

   
1. I cut the tassels off the end of the scarf and cut off a portion of the end so I could make a scarf for Elly. (If you are making one with purchased fabric, cut 1 large piece 24 in x 60 in, or however big you want it). Then I folded it over on to itself, right side to right side of the fabric and sewed the long end, so you will end up with a scarf that is 12 in x 60 in. *But don't sew the entire length, leave about 3 inches in the middle un sewn. You will undersand why later, but you need that opening.

2. Then to sew the 12 inch sides of the fabric, it gets a little tricky because you need to make sure that you are sewing the right side of the fabric to the right side, but you also want to make sure that you are sewing it so that you create one hollow tube of fabric. And because I didn't take many pictures of this, I will try to explain it well. The easiest way would be to put your arm in the long tube scarf *right side of the fabric out. Then take the end of the scarf down by your hand and pull the end up to the other end by your shoulder, so it kind of folds up on itself. Make sure that the seams line up. Hold it tight and shake it out like a pillowcase. You will know you did it right if it looks like a flat rectangle half the length of your scarf with the opening at the top.
Then you will have the correct ends of the scarf ready to be sewn together. As you can see in the picture below, you have to move the fabric in a way around the end of the sewing machine so that you are not sewing the top part of the loop to the bottom. For those of you who already know how to sew, it's just like sewing a sleeve on.


3. Once you have sewn the ends, pull the fabric through the 3 in hole in the fabric.


4. When the scarf is right side out, you will need to hand sew the 3 in opening shut. So just fold over the edges and then take matching thread to sew the opening shut. I have also done this with a little strip of bonding tape. Then you just fold over the edges with a strip of bonding tape in between and iron it shut.
{Here is Elly's little scarf that I made out of the extra scarf fabric mentioned above}
{This one is made from the jersey knit fabric that I mentioned, It is just cut off the spool of fabric because the fabric was a loop so it has unfinished edges}
{I used some linen to make this scarf, using the same process as mentioned above with the orange scarf}

To make the scarf pins: I used many of the same techniques I used to make Elly's headbands here or this post here. I just added a felt circle on the back and hot glued a 3/4 in bar pin.

fall color tour around the neighborhood

fall color tour around the neighborhood

up cycling a sweater

up cycling a sweater

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