Saturday, October 23, 2010

Re-purposed Toddler Scarf Tutorial

Yes, he's that big now, it's insane, I know... And with this rapid growth, comes a new nightmare: molars. These painfully slow growing teeth are creating more drool than ever. Now I know why so many German babies wear these scarves. Silas will not wear a bib, but he'll wear one of these all day without even one tug. And it's getting really cold out, so bonus on the duel functioning up-cycled scarf! Here's how to make your own:

I used an old thermal shirt, but any knit shirt will do.

The shape you need. Print this without scaling (do not fit to page), it should be the right size.

1- Fold shirt so you do not have a seam going through your scarf and cut out 1 template shape.
2- Choose a backing fabric and cut same shape. (I used flannel for extra warmth, another knit or fleece would also work here)

3- Place right sides together, pin around. I mark where I do not want to sew because I tend to leave an opening that's too small if I don't. Sew around with a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving a 2-3" opening for turning.

4- Turn, shape and iron flat.
5- Top stitch with a 1/4" seam allowance

6- Grab about 1" strip of hook and loop (aka velcro) and some Wonder tape (if you so choose)
7- Stick your hook and loop strips on, one on the front side of your scarf, the other on the back side.
8- Stitch around and diagonal. Trim the corners so they don't poke your little one's neck.

Super simple and totally reversible! These would be very easy to personalize with a stenciled or appliqu├ęd letter or symbol. Here's to warm necks and dry chests!

You're welcome =]

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