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Silk Jammie Pants to Ruffled Scarf November 5, 2013

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DIY Pajama Pants to Ruffled Scarf

A few years back, my sister gave me some nice silk pajama pants for Christmas. After a lot of wear and tear, they developed a pretty big hole in a place too risque even for lounging around the house, so I retired them. It seemed a shame to throw away such nice fabric, so of course I had to think of a way to upcycle them!

Inspired by this blog post I found on Pinterest, I decided to try and turn them into a ruffled scarf. One pair of pants will make two scarves. Here’s how I did it.

First, I trimmed off all the hems and waistband, which left four vaguely leg-shaped panels.

Pants, trimmed of seams

I stacked the four panels and trimmed the wider parts until I was left with congruent rectangles. A rotary blade makes this pretty easy. The angle of the photo makes them look wider at one end, but try to make them roughly the same.

Long rectangles

 

Sew two of the panels together at the short sides into one long panel. The seams will not be very visible in your finished scarf. Don’t worry, when you add the ruffles, it’ll shrink considerably! Mine was about half the length after adding the ruffles. If you’d like a longer scarf, consider using three of the panels.

One long panel

At first I tried using all four panels, but it was too long – four are shown sewn together in this photo.

 

Unfortunately I don’t have a photo of this, but I finished the edges of the scarf with a rolled hem. You can do this on your sewing machine with a rolled hem presser foot, and it looks really nice on a lightweight fabric like this. If you need some instruction, here’s a nice video that should help. If you can’t do a rolled hem, a regular one should be fine!

Sewing rufflesThe final step is to sew the ruffles. The easiest way to do this is by using elastic thread on your bobbin (hand-wound, not too tight, not too loose!), with thread that matches your scarf on the top. Sew a line straight down your scarf, right side up, about one-third of the width of the scarf away from the edge. Repeat on the other side. Repeat in between your two lines, and you’re done! With three lines of elastic thread, my scarf is about three feet long. The more lines you sew, the shorter it will get. This lightweight scarf makes a great accessory for fall or spring.

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Favorite Fall Trends (Plus Etsy News!) October 10, 2011

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Old Navy Red Jeans

"Jegging" is an abomination of a word!

Ok, so I’m a 30-year-old mom. Not exactly your idea of a fashion plate, right? That doesn’t mean I can’t participate in a few trends now and then! One of my favorites for this fall is brightly colored denim. Now, being a currently unemployed mom means I can’t really justify shelling out $252 for these red jeans, but luckily, Old Navy has my back. I wasn’t sure if I could pull them off, but when I put these jeans on, I feel like one hot mama! They don’t seem to be selling these online anymore, but I’m certain they’re still in stores, and they’re under $40. Do be aware that these things run SMALL – I had to buy 2 sizes up. So anyway, these things look amazing with my tall black boots and a simple black and white striped t-shirt, but after my husband insisted I was stealing Michael Jackson’s color scheme, I decided I’m going to have to go out on a limb and try something other than black.

Crimson and blue tassel earrings

Silky and swingy!

Another trend I’m loving, and I touched on this one a few days ago, is tassels. The tasseled loafer and purse thing is just not for me, though, so I combined trends and whipped up these brightly colored tassel earrings in crimson and bright blue. I think I’m going to have to make a pair of these in every color of embroidery floss I can find!

I guess this is as good of a time as any to post the big news that (as you may have guessed from the link above) my Etsy shop is now open for business! I am super excited to see if people like the stuff I’m creating! So take a quick peek if you like – I’m in need of some constructive criticism!