When I was working on the Marathon Scarf Project I realized I had no blue or yellow clothing to wear while giving out scarves to runners. I didn’t want to waste too much time making a scarf for myself since that was less time for working on scarves for runners but I figured it would be nice to be wearing blue & yellow so I went off to my favorite thrift store, Urban Renewals in Allston. They conveniently organize everything by color and type so it’s easy to look for clothing if you’re particular about color.
I had hoped to find a yellow t-shirt and a blue t-shirt that I could sew together to make an infinity scarf but all I managed to find was a yellow women’s 3X shirt and a blue cardigan. The shirt seemed brand new and the material was pretty soft (95% cotton, 5% spandex). The material didn’t drape as well as I would have liked but it worked fine for a last minute scarf.
This would be an excellent project for an old garment whose fabric is in reasonable condition but perhaps has a stain or tear in another section. Or you could do what I did and go to a thrift store to make yourself a cheap infinity scarf. No need to spend $15+. I can’t remember how much the shirt was but I don’t think I paid more than $5.
- Very large t-shirt or wide skirt/dress at least 28″ wide from seam to seam
- Cutting mat
- One yard ruler
- Rotary cutter (mine is a 60mm Martelli ErgoCutter)
- Matching thread
Step 1: Lay out your garment on top of the cutting mat. Smooth out any wrinkles. If it’s very wrinkled you may want to iron it first so that your edges will be straight.
Step 2: Use your ruler and rotary cutter to cut off the hem. Hold the ruler firmly or it will slide while you’re cutting. You could also do this with scissors, but it’s difficult to cut in a straight line with scissors.
Step 3: Measure from the cut edge to your desired width. I measured 12″. Line up your ruler to cut the other edge. Try to make sure it’s parallel to your first cut or you’ll have an uneven scarf. I didn’t mark mine so I ended up with a my scarf that is 10.5″ wide on one end and 12″ on the other. Oops.
Step 4: Reinforce the four corners so that the seams will not come unstitched. (This assumes the garment you started with had 2 seams.) You could also skip this step and your scarf may be fine since the edges are going to roll when you wash it. I didn’t want to take any chances of it coming unstitched in the wash.
Step 5: Wash and dry your scarf. The edges will roll in the wash.
(Sorry about the quality of some of the photos. It was overcast the day I was making my scarf.)