DIY No-Sew Blanket Scarf

DIY Blanket Scarf | Revamperate DIY Blanket Scarf | RevamperateSince I live in Southern California, I don’t really get to take advantage of cold weather (which is totally OK with me). But I do love scarves. Whenever it’s cold here (and by cold, I mean 60 degrees), I look forward to wrapping myself in a scarf because they’re warm and cozy and are the easiest addition to whatever I’m wearing. On the days I don’t feel well or I’m feeling incredibly lazy, I’m probably wrapped in a scarf trying not to use it as a pillow. It’s my go-to “I’m comfy, leave me alone” accessory. 

Blanket scarves are like the comfiest of scarves. They’re generally quite large and made of flannel with perfectly frayed edges. Well, why pay $20 for a scarf that I can make for less than $10? 

This is how I made my own no-sew blanket scarf with some good ‘ol flannel. Flannel is the most underrated fabric, in my opinion. And just like pajamas, it’s the perfect fabric for a cozy scarf! It’s really easy to make your own blanket scarf and no sewing skills are required, so it’s a good project for literally anyone. Wrap one up for a gift or make them in hundreds of patterns and hoard them for cold, rainy days (I know I will!).

DIY Blanket Scarf | RevamperateDIY Blanket Scarf | Revamperate Time: 10 minutes 

Supplies:

  • 2 yards flannel fabric (patterned on both sides)
  • Scissors 

Lay out the flannel and fold corner to corner. Trim excess fabric and unfold – you should have a square piece of fabric now. 

Grab loose threads at one corner and pull gently, fraying the edge of the fabric. Pull until there are no loose threads and the edge is frayed approximately 1/4 inch. Repeat on all four sides of the fabric.

Of course, there are plenty of ways to wear a scarf, but the common way to wear a blanket scarf is to fold diagonally to create a triangle. Place around your neck with the point in front of your chin, and wrap the ends around the back of your neck. 

Add one to any outfit and cozy up on a cold day! Happy crafting!

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DIY Ruffled Tulle Apron

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I’m definitely not the seamstress in our family, so my sewing projects tend to go awry. I’ve had to scrap a lot of sewing projects in my day (ha, get it? Scrap). Anyway, thanks to my awesome mom, this sewing tutorial is possible. She’s been helping me conquer my sewing fears and learn new tricks, and I literally could not sew without her. I call her pretty consistently with issues about my machine or my fabric or how to piece something together. She’s the master.

You can make this really cute ruffled tulle apron using only about a yard of fabric, keeping the overall cost really low. Yes, it’s really girly but really cute too, so mix fabrics or colors to create your own special look with tulle.

You need:

  • 1 yard of fabric
  • 1/2 yard complementary colored tulle
  • Scissors
  • Bowl
  • Cardboard
  • Sewing machine

First, cut two 5 inch wide pieces of fabric the length of the fabric piece. This will be the top band, so you want it to be long enough to tie around you. Match up the ends and sew them together to make one very long piece. Iron the seam open, fold the long side in half (bad sides in) and iron again.

Measure the fabric according to your body by cutting a piece that can wrap all the way around you and goes down to about your knees. You need the extra width to account for the pleats, and account for about 2 inches of seams. Mine measured about 37 inches wide and 19 inches tall.

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Fold the fabric in half and use a bowl to trace the curve you want in bottom of the apron. You only need to do it on one corner (open side) because it’s folded, ensuring that your apron appears symmetrical. Unfold and iron half-inch seams all the way around. Then fold them over again – this keeps the edges from fraying in the wash.

Cut the tulle into 6-inch wide pieces and sew multiple pieces together using a really small zigzag stitch on the edge of the tulle, keeping them secure because tulle is such an open fabric. Using the largest regular stitch you have, sew down the middle of the now long piece of tulle, letting it gather tightly. Fold in half at the stitch, and pin the bunched up tulle around the sides and bottom of the apron and sew together with a regular stitch, trying your best to keep the gathering consistent.

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Cut a two-inch piece of cardboard to use as a template to make your pleats. Starting at the middle of the apron, fold the fabric over the cardboard and pin it. Continue folding every two inches across the apron and sew all the way across the pleats carefully.

Match the middle of the top band to the middle of the apron and pin about one inch down to cover the raw edges of the apron. Pin and sew only the part that is attached to the bottom apron. Iron the remaining bottom edge on each side to meet the same edge at the apron, about one inch all the way across. Repeat ironing the one-inch seam on the top of the band and fold it in half. Match up the top and bottom and pin all the way across, folding the ends in to make clean ends of the band. Sew all the way across the top, around each edge and across the bottom, stopping only where it meats the front apron. Trim any remaining strings and ta-da!

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It may seem like a lot of steps but it’s easier than you think and the tulle apron turns out really cute. Trust me – if I can make it, so can you. Even if you don’t have a lot of sewing practice, just give it a shot. Enjoy, and thanks for all the help, Mom!

DIY Triangle Potato Stamp Scarf

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DIY Triangle Potato Stamp Scarf | Revamperate
Do you remember stamping with potatoes as a kid? It’s a pretty classic craft that most people have some experience with. And it’s actually really fun. You can do a lot with potato stamps. Carve different shapes and stamp fabric, paper or even wood.

I used potatoes to jazz up a plain white infinity scarf with colorful triangles. To make this personalized potato stamp scarf, you only need a couple supplies, most of which are very inexpensive.

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Supplies:

  • White scarf (found mine for $5 at Charlotte Russe, similar here)
  • 1 potato
  • Kitchen knife
  • Craft cutting tool (similar here)
  • Fabric-safe paint
  • Cardboard (not pictured)
  • Sharpie (optional)

First, cut the potato in half. You don’t need to worry about washing it since you won’t be eating it. Carve a triangle or other shape into the inside of each potato half with the craft cutter. To make it easier, you can use a Sharpie to outline your design and cut around it. With potato stamps, you generally want to stick to a pretty easy design, such as a triangle, square, heart, etc. unless, of course, you’ve got mad carving skills. Then I’d suggest washing off the potato – this will help eliminate any leftover little pieces from your carving.

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Lay out the scarf on a table and place large pieces of cardboard underneath the fabric (between the two layers in the case of an infinity scarf). Squeeze some paint out onto a foil surface and begin stamping! Stamp the designs several inches apart and in varying colors and let dry completely.

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If you’re stamping an infinity scarf like mine, turn over the dry side and repeat the stamping on the other side. Once completely dry, remove the cardboard, and it’s ready to wear. Pair with just about anything for a pretty homemade outfit that everyone will ask you about. Potato stamp scarves also make nice gifts. Enjoy!

Pineapple Halloween Costume

DSC_0934 DSC_0938If you’re down to the last minute and still looking for a Halloween costume to wear this weekend, I’ve got you covered with a super easy and super adorable pineapple Halloween costume. Now, before I tell you how to make this, I have to tell you the story behind it because every time I told someone I was going to be a pineapple for Halloween this year, they looked at me like I was crazy.

If you’re a How I Met Your Mother fan (which you all should be!), you might remember the pineapple incident…you know, that time Ted woke up with a horrible hangover, a random girl next to him and a pineapple on his nightstand. Well, that story wasn’t actually resolved until after HIMYM actually completed its final season. You can watch more on that moment here.

Anyway, Andrew and I were trying to think of good couples costumes for Halloween this year, but most of our ideas were coming up short because, let’s face it, it’s expensive to acquire certain pieces for Halloween costumes that you probably won’t wear again. I joked that we could be Ted and the pineapple, which I thought was pretty darn brilliant, but it was tough to figure out a Ted costume for Andrew. In the end, I stuck to my pineapple idea and Andrew decided to be a “hanging chad” with me, which was Ted’s Halloween costume for many years. So here it is in all of its glory – an extremely easy pineapple Halloween costume!

Here’s what you need:

  • Yellow dress
  • Brown sharpie
  • Ruler
  • Green cardstock
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Scissors
  • Clear glue
  • Headband
  • Wire and wire cutters

First, acquire a yellow dress if you don’t already have one, which I did not. I scrounged one up from the clearance racks at Forever 21 for only $6 (score!). If this is a dress you don’t plan to wear again like mine, use a brown sharpie and a ruler to draw crossing lines on the top part of the dress. It’s a lot easier that trying to draw on the entire dress because of the shape of the skirt.

Once that’s done, cut several varying sizes of leaves from your cardstock. I wanted mine to be tall but have lots of smaller leaves around it, so I cut about eight pieces total in different sizes and then glued them in layers around a toilet paper roll. Once you’re satisfied with the layers, use your fingers to carefully roll down the tips of the leaves to give them some details (trust me, it makes a difference).DSC_0968Using something sharp like a safety pin or tack, poke small holes on both sides of the toiler paper roll (now covered in paper). The holes should be across from each other about 1/4 inch from the base. Cut two pieces of wire about 3 inches long, and thread each one through the holes, wrapping them tightly around the top of the headband to secure the headpiece in place. I used a black headband, which blends in enough with my hair. If this isn’t the case for you, you can try painting the headband or wrapping it in brown fabric.DSC_0941Once your headpiece is securely held together, put it on and you’re completely pineappled! This costume really is an easy one to put together and you will certainly stand out at a party because I bet no one else would think of dressing up as fruit! Happy Halloween!

Painting with Bleach

I spotted this idea for painting with bleach on one of my favorite blogs, A Beautiful Mess, and I was dying to try it out.  In just a few hours, you can easily revamp that old shirt you never wear.

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Using bleach, you can permanently set  your favorite quote on any dark-colored top. First, you will need a bottle of fabric-safe bleach, which is cheapest when you chose the generic store brand. I used the Safeway brand from Vons. You will also need chalk and a small paintbrush, which are both available at Michael’s. Choose the cheapest synthetic paintbrush because the bleach will most likely eat away at the bristles. That’s what happened to mine. You will need a piece of cardboard, a ceramic bowl, a white towel, and some kind of clips.

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Start by inserting the piece of cardboard between the front and back of the shirt to prevent the bleach from bleeding through. Use the clips to hold the shirt in place. Next, outline your design in chalk. I came up with the line “Be the Outlier” based on the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.

If you mess up with the chalk, simply dampen the towel, and use it to erase your mistakes. Add some bleach to the ceramic bowl, and dip the paintbrush in the bleach. Drag the brush against the side of the bowl to avoid drip marks. Carefully trace your chalk outline with bleach, and wet your brush often to make clean lines on the shirt.

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The design should show through quickly. Take your time, and trace over the areas that you feel need filling in. After letting the bleach set for at least 10 minutes, hand wash it with cold water. The longer you let the bleach set, the lighter it will be.

On my black shirt, the bleach faded the brush strokes an orange tint because I only let it sit out for about 20 minutes. Once the shirt is washed, you should be able to machine wash and dry the shirt normally. The bleach is set and your shirt is ready to wear.

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