No-sew DIY infinity scarf in 10 minutes

Like many of you out there, it seems that when the chilly weather shows up, so does my obsession with infinity scarves.

Now, I’ve already got a closet full of regular scarves collected over the years. But since they are not infinity scarves, they haven’t seen a lot of wear recently.

Fortunately, I’ve discovered a ridiculously easy way to convert a regular scarf to an infinity scarf, so I thought I’d share that thrifty hack with you today.

1. Pick out a regular scarf you want to convert.

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I chose these four. The one on the left and the one on the right required special treatment, which I’ll share toward the end of the post.

2. Grab some iron-on hem tape and turn on the iron to the hottest setting safe for your fabric.

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3. Line up the two short ends of the scarf, with the ugly side/inside of the scarf and seams facing out.

4. Cut a piece of hem tape and sandwich it between the ends at the top.

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5. Line up the ends again and iron the layers together.

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6. Turn the scarf right-side out and check to make sure the hem tape worked. Done!

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I used this same no-sew method for the purple scarf.

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The black and white scarf had fringe on the ends, so the first thing I did was trim that off with pinking shears.

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This scarf is so thin I was worried the hem tape would bleed through, so instead I sewed a quick seam connecting the two ends. Again, I made sure the ugly side of the scarf was facing out when I did this.

Hemming-raw-edgeI simply used a straight stitch to sew the ends together. Yes, I realize I’m using brown thread (I was out of black). I’ll show you a trick for converting colored thread to black in a moment. ;)

I probably should have used a zigzag stitch for this seam. But I seem to always create a balled-up, tangled mess of thread when I set my sewing machine to the zigzag stitch. If anyone has any tips for how to avoid that insanity, I’m all ears.

Here’s the black scarf done and turned right-side out:

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I sewed together the striped scarf as well because I figured the hem tape may not hold together fabric that thick.

After I finished sewing the seams, I colored in the brown thread with a permanent black marker. Voila! Black thread. ;)

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Here are my four “new” DIY infinity scarves:

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I estimate that I spent about 40 minutes total making all four of these scarves.

Would you ever try converting your regular scarves to infinity scarves?

DIY coat rack and shelf in the garage

The chill in the air is reminding me that the time is now or “wait until spring” to finish Phase 4 of the garage renovation. In other words, the outdoor painting season is almost over for those of us in Pennsylvania.

I already tackled Phases 1, 2 and 3 of the garage project. In fact, I even finished Phase 5 when I painted the cabinets. So it’s time to go back and make good on my word to accomplish Phase 4, which is to build a coat rack and shelf for the insane number of coats, scarves, etc. our family drags out during the cold months. The jackets are already starting to pile up in the laundry room. 

I found the coolest idea for a coat rack/shelf combo in an old Better Homes and Gardens special interest publication:

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I love the design because it incorporates a lower coat rack that kids can easily reach.

Here’s the wall in the garage I’m planning to use for the DIY coat rack and shelf:

Garage-wall-for-coat-rack

It’s right next to the main door we use to enter our home, making it a convenient spot to drop stuff.

You’ll notice I’ve already purchased two pegboard racks that I’m planning to incorporate into my design. I bought them from this Etsy shop. I figured using already-built racks would make this project go a whole lot smoother.

So here are the plans, Stans:

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Hopefully I’ll be heading to the lumber yard tomorrow to pick up some materials. More to come!

My favorite fall outfits

By no means would I consider myself a fashionista. I’m sporting paint-splattered yoga pants and a sweatshirt more often than I care to admit.

But today I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite fall outfits because they explain a little bit about my philosophy when it comes to buying clothing.

To keep my budget in check (and save closet space), I usually try to limit myself to purchasing a maximum of 5 new quality pieces of clothing twice a year. That typically breaks down to about 5 pieces for the cool months and 5 pieces for the warm months total.

Of course, this means I have to be pretty selective about what I choose to buy. I start by surfing Pinterest to get an idea of what’s trending right now in fashion. Then I scour my closet for outfits I can replicate – from my favorite pins – using what I already have.

I decide what I need to purchase based on what key items are missing and what pieces would exponentially increase the on-trend outfits I can put together.

For example, I recently picked up these three items:

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ScarfThe Breezy Room
Slim Leg Cargo PantsDuluth Trading Co.
Leather Tall BootsDuluth Trading Co.

With these three items, I can literally build at least 10 fall/winter outfits by adding them to stuff already in my closet. Here are a few examples:

BreezyRoomscarf2In this outfit, I’m also sporting my free, DIY boot socks.

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White sweater – Guess outlet store

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Purple sweater – Eddie Bauer
Plaid shirt – Duluth Trading Co.

Here’s another outfit featuring my DIY boot socks:

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Brown sweater – Target
Black leggings – Gabriel Brothers
Denim shirt – Hollister
Scarf – Lands End

Gray-outfit Fall-photo

Gray sweater – Target
White shirt – Gabriel Brothers
Converse shoes – Target
White bag – Kohls

Do you have a fashion-buying philosophy?

Special thanks to Duluth Trading Company for providing, at my request, the DTC items featured in this post.