Friday, March 21, 2014

Easy Peasy Infinity Scarf

I've made infinity scarfs before, but I finally found a really simple way to make one.  There are a lot more fun knit materials around now, so this makes it even more fun to make.

1 yard of knit material

I originally went looking for gray striped material and was so happy to find some.  But, then when I went to have it cut, to my surprise, the other side was polka-dots!! So, I then had the tough choice of which side to use...

I cut my material 30 inches wide by 32 inches long.

Fold the material in half long ways and sew down the long side.  Leave a 6 inch opening about half way down the length.

Next, lay the 'tube' of material out.  Put your arm inside the tube at one end, reach and grab the other end and pull it through.  Ensure that it is not twisted inside, then line up the edges and sew together (you will essentially have a tube within a tube).  This where you have to decide which side to use.  I wanted to use the polka dot side, so that is inside the tube with stripes on the outside.

Find the 5 inch opening along the length and pull the scarf right side out.  Then just hand stitch the opening shut.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Shamrock Freezer Paper shirt

I've been wanting to try making using freeze paper as a stencil, so I decided to give it a go for a St. Patrick's day shirt.

Freezer paper
fabric paint
shamrock design (I just found one on the internet.)

First, I laid the shamrock on my shirt to where exactly I wanted it and to make sure it was big enough.  I just printed this off of the internet onto a standard size sheet of paper.

Next, I placed it underneath the freezer paper (shiny side down) and traced the shamrock on, then cut it out.

Next just iron the freezer paper onto the shirt where  you want the design to be.

Place some newspaper between the shirt and then just paint using a sponge brush. I did several light coats to get more coverage, but I wanted the stripes to show through some. Make sure to do it well along the edge so the image is sharp.

Then the hard part, waiting for the paint to dry before removing the freezer paper!!  I waited an hour, then carefully removed the paper (and no it was not fully dry).

I love this paint, the more it dried, the more sparkly it got!!!