Wrap It Up: Make These 5 DIY Scarves How to Make a DIY Scarf
Welcome to Make It By Monday, GOOD's weekly DIY feature in which we curate, demystify, and add our own tips for craft projects from around the web (and our apartments). This week: Wrap it up with a DIY scarf.
This week, winter hit Los Angeles—and my heater failed. While I've been using my blow dryer to warm my extremities, I've been checking out DIY scarves I can make in the discomfort of my home. I decided to scoop up a ton of fabric and whip up an infinity scarf.
Because my fingers were too cold to sew much, I purchased fabric that didn’t require a lot of needlework. Jersey fabrics work really well for this because you don’t need to finish off the ends—just cut and go. I cut the fabric about 3 feet wide and 7 feet long and sewed the two ends together, then repeated the process to make a few plush and comfortable scarves. With the leftovers, I made some smaller versions, like the glittery one I’m wearing here.
This pom pom scarf from the Purl bee is reversible, has a cool trim, and looks great on your neck. I recommend sticking with similar fabrics for each side, or you could end up with one side that's stiffer than the other, which will compromise the structure. Jersey fabrics and knits will lay flatter, while a cotton or linen pairing will be a bit stiffer, as in this picture. If you pick print patterns, try choosing a more evening-appropriate fabric for one side, and a brighter daytime print for the other.
DIY scarves are a great outlet for closet upcycling, and this t-shirt scarf from Ninth & Bird is no exception. Take an old sweater or t-shirt (or grab one at your local thrift shop), and make t-shirt scarves for days. While you're at it, test your hand at dying fabrics on some older shirts, then wrap them into a scarf, too.