Craft-Ease : Braid and Knot Infinity Scarf {Zero Dollar Project}


 Fall. Scarves. Saving money. Getting new things. A cool accessory. : These are somethings I love. In my latest nap time project I was able to combine all of these! Fall will be upon us before we know it...yay!! I know some of you (ahem, mom) are shaking your fists at me for saying such a thing, but it is true. And what better way to welcome the idea of Fall, than with a fun new scarf?
I was inspired by this breath-taking beauty. I will be the first to admit that mine looks virtually nothing like it, but I knew going in that it was not likely that I would produce something quite as nice. For one thing, I do not have a sewing machine so I resorted to knots, which I have to admit I kind of like the look of.
I started with an old pair of pants which my post-baby hips will never squeeze into again. Sad, but also true.

I started by cutting strips from the hem up. Then I ditched my crappy scissors and tore the strips. I actually like the frayed, non-uniform look of tearing much better. I cut them in groups of three for the braids. I left one strip in every group slightly longer than the other two so as to tie a knot at the end of the braid.


My first strips were the smallest and I got larger with each braid. I did not measure the exact width, but rather went by the strips on the pants. But my general rule of thumb was for each braid the strips increased their width by 50%. So, if the first strips were 2 inches wide, then the next ones were 3 inches.  I then knotted the braids together.


I also braided each section slightly looser so the scarf got thicker as I went. When I was done, (as in all that was left of my pants was a mangled mess of frays, pockets and a zipper), I knotted the last braid to my first one, making a circle (hence the infinity scarf). I then trimmed down the excess fabric from the knots to clean it up a bit and viola! I was left with a very simple but completely original scarf to rock this Fall! And all for ZERO dollars! Please ignore the awful pictures of me, I tried to get all of this, among numerous other things, done during nap time so I did not really prep for the pictures.



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8 comments:

  1. awesome recycling! I have a pair of pants I could and should do this with too! thanks for sharing!

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  2. Super cute and simple. Love it!!

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  3. super impressive!!! this is now on my to-do list!! ohhh, how I can't wait until fall!!!

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  4. Wow! That looks great! Thanks so much for linking to Thrifty Thursday! :)

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  5. how did you ever think of that? so cute! I hope you will link up here!
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  6. thank you so much for linking up! I hope to see you next week!
    xoxo

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  7. So cute! What a fabulous transformation! Thanks so much for linking up to my party!

    Kaitlin-The Not So Simple Housewife
    http://notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com

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