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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Pinterest Gets Me Into Trouble...

But sometimes it is great fun! I waste far too much time there.

I kept running into scarves made from men's tee shirts. 

I had a bag of men's extra large that I was going to take to Goodwill...  It didn't happen.

They were in the back of my car...

I should say that not all of them got out of the bag, but several did... and I am liking what they turned into.
Here are four that I made in under two hours.  I am liking them a lot.

I will throw in the directions.  I don't know who started this fad, but whomever it was is a genius! No sewing involved.

I used one of my cutting mats that has a ruled grid on it, but that's not really necessary. 

First I cut from one side to the other just under the sleeves.  I simply folded down the top of the shirt, where I wanted the cut and with a sharp pair of scissors, cut across the two thicknesses at the fold.

Next I turned the bottom hem to the top... A lot of the ones that I saw didn't do this.  It makes for a neater neckline if you do. And no weird sewn hem on the bottom of the fringe.

Then I cut slits what was now the bottom.  I did measure the length, but not the width of the cuts.  I just made them about 3/4" wide and seven inches long. 

That was an arbitrary length.  I have seen some cut all the way to the top.  I liked the length that I made them.  It gives more scarf to manipulate when you put it on. Then I stretched the fringe by pulling... I used a pair of needle nosed pliers to do this.  It was easier to grab the very end with the pliers. Thus curling the fringe all the way to the end.

As you can see from this one, the scarf can be doubled if you like them that way. 

This one, I tied an overhand knot at the end of each fringe.

And yes, that was Tessie in the turquoise photo... She now wants one... I fear that would be pretty much impossible.  Don't tell her that!

I made this last one with a V shaped cut before I did the fringe part.  That gave me a more kerchief look at the center front and back.  The same seven inches on the fringe measurement.  I simply laid a ruler across the material at an angle, seven inches from the bottom and cut the fringes straight up to that.

Now I have to go deal with Tessie.  How do you tell a 5 1/2" person that you can't cut tee shirts up that small and have them still hold together?

This is not going to be fun.  If she wants one, everyone else will want them too! Wish me luck!  I'm going to need it!

See you tomorrow.


Hannelore Strehler-Baur said...

Thank you for this great idea! Will try it today, have two Shirts to cut

Debra Morin said...

There are t-shirts on sale right now too if you don't happen to have any used ones. Great idea! Thanks for sharing Casey!

Lucille said...

A nice fashion statement, Casey! Love the colours!