Monday, January 30, 2012

Make It Mondays! Scrappy Scarf Tutorial

From this...... this........
in a few simple hours!

Use your small (even teensy) recycled lambswool, angora, alpaca, mohair and cashmere soft scraps to make this yummi-liscious infinity scarf. Great for yourself or for a beautiful Valentine's Day gift. Outta the landfill and into someone's heart. :)

Materials Needed:

Recycled natural fiber scraps
Large eyed needle


1. Thread your large eye needle with a complimentary colored thin yarn (or embroidery floss.)

2. Overlap your scraps and start sewing them together with a running stitch on your threaded yarn. I also call this the "inchworm" stitch...just up and down.

3. As you sew, pull your yarn a bit tight so that the fiber scraps scrunch up. This will add a lot of texture to your scarf.

4. I encourage you to leave the pointy edges off to the side of the scarf as you sew. In other words, don't make a perfect line. This is also a way to use odd shaped scraps...scraps aren't too narrow to use unless you can't stitch through it!

5. Don't be afraid to use all different colors. One of the neat things about recycled wool/other natural fibers is that all colors seem to go together well! When you wear this scarf with different outfits, it will highlight the different colors in your scarf!

6. Continue sewing until your length is long enough to loop around your neck three to four times.

When you're happy with the length, stitch the beginning to the end, making an "infinity loop."

7. Out of a larger scrap or two, freehand cut a flower, sew a button through the middle of the flower, and secure it to one part of your scarf. This step is optional but adds a lot of pizzazz to your scarf. :)

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p.s. Thanks to Reyna for taking our class yesterday and agreeing to model her completed creation!


  1. And I thought my cashmere scarves were scrappy--you have taken the scrappy scarf to a new level. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. What fun--and SO practical! I have wool and cashmere scraps coming out of my ears and am always looking for great ideas for using them. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  3. Thanks Needles and Kims! Save your longer scraps...I'll be posting a tutorial for two different kinds of rugs to make out of the longer scraps....soon!