Wednesday, December 12, 2012

No-Sew T-Shirt String Infinity Scarves - Great Gift Idea

Looking for a simple stocking stuffer or gift for friend, mom, sister, etc?  This is it.  It will take you about 10 minute to make.

Our family decided to do 12 Days of Christmas/Secret Santa for a teenage girl we know.  It's been a little out of my comfort zone to find trendy/fun gifts for a teenage girl, since I didn't feel trendy or super girly myself even as a teenager.  I generally don't wear many accessories, so it's been a fun adventure to discover some cute things to make for her...and I've even made a couple for myself and my nieces along the way.  So moving out of my comfort zone has been good.

I asked several people who work a lot with teenage girls for good gift ideas.  They all mentioned scarves, so I knew I had to make that at least one of the gifts, so I started looking around Pinterest for scarf tutorials, and I found this one.

These looked really fun and fast...and they were.

Infinity scarves are fun because there are so many ways you can wear them.

One loop...

Two loops...
Pulled through itself...
And I'm sure there are lots of other ways too.

All you need is a T-shirt and something to cut with.  I used a rotary cutter, but scissors would work just fine too.  I think an adult XL works best for looping it around twice.  I used a 2XL tank top I found at the thrift store which also worked especially well for knotting it.  The dark green one was a medium and it works well for a single or double loop, but isn't long enough to look good knotted or pulled through itself.

I used an old T-shirt.  This is one of Eric's that is so worn there little holes in random places in the shirt and the collar was shot.
I trimmed off the hem and then cut 3/4 inch strips all the way up until you get to the arms.
You'll be left with a pile of strips that looks like this.

Then you'll stretch each one out as far as it will go and you'll be left with a pile of T-shirt string that looks like this.

Then you'll just gather it all up and wrap an extra piece of t-shirt string around it to hold them all together.
And you're done.  Ready to accessorize or gift away.

And if you like the necklace, it's from Boutique Academia.  I don't think she carries this exact one anymore, but she has a lot of other fun science and math themed jewelry, including other astronomy themed pieces.

You know who really loves this necklace?  Anson (my 9-month old)...he was going crazy for it the whole time I was wearing it.

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  1. So cool! I want to try one of these. Thanks for the idea.

  2. Very nice! I am visiting you via Somewhat Simple. I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas. Have a great weekend and Happy Holidays.

  3. Super cute! Would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

  4. Two thumbs up! I did this way back in the 90's where torn ragged jeans were all the rage too! I'm glad it's gotten mainstream. I think I was born in the wrong decade.

    Now I'm thinking of turning this into a livelihood project for young girls in our organization. Your tutorial is lovely and easy to follow.

  5. The only problem I have is where the seam is. Doesn't curl as well and looks a little funny. Any advice?


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