When I was in elementary school, we had this amazing thing called “Space Lab.” This gigantic, inflatable planetarium would sit in our gym for a week, and all of the classes took turns going in to learn about galaxies, constellations, and stars. Since then, I’ve always been inspired by space. Since I don’t have the math + science knowledge to do anything real with space, I’ve got quite a collection of space-inspired clothing. ;) (Galaxy scarf, galaxy dress, constellation cardigan – the list goes on and on.)
Embroidery | Pillows | Star Chart
To make a constellation scarf, you need:
-A black infinity scarf like the Dylan
-White embroidery floss
-Heat set rhinestones or silver beads (for the stars!)
To begin, I looked at my little star chart and made running stitch outlines of each of the constellations. It’s just like drawing, but with a needle and thread. :)
Then, I used some crystals and a heat setting tool to add the stars. You can also stitch little beads in place of the stars, but I think the heat setting tool is really fun.
And that’s it!
I wore this scarf on a little Sunday afternoon stroll around New York to get groceries, finish tiny errands, and smell the spring flowers in the park. I love that even though it’s dark in color, it’s a lightweight scarf with an awesome design that I can wear year-round!
When it comes to springtime, you can always expect a few things — like drizzly rainstorms, buoyant moods, and nautical-inspired fashions. What better way to express the arrival of spring than with a few nautical scarf knots? We’ve rounded up some sailor scarf styles to help you sail towards warm weather and those delicious park picnics. ;)
How to tie the Angler’s Knot:
- With a long rectangle scarf, start by placing the scarf on the back of your neck.
- Bring both sides of the scarf around the front of your neck, and criss-cross them across your chest towards your back again.
- Then, you will cross-cross the scarf across the back of your neck once more.
- By now, the criss-crossed scarf at the front of your neck has formed two “loops.” Pull one of the loops next to your neck down a bit to loosen it up, and slip the closest end of the scarf through, letting the remainder of the scarf hang down your chest.
- Repeat the same on the other side, and you’ve got the “Angler’s Knot!”
How to tie the Mermaid Loop:
- You’ll need two scarves for the “Mermaid Loop.”
- With your base scarf, fold it in half horizontally, and place the scarf around the back of your neck with a loop on one side.
- Pull one of the ends through the loop, twist the loop, and pull the other side through as well. (Similar to the Four-in-Hand.)
- Then, place an infinity scarf on top, and you’re good to go!
How to tie the Fisherman’s Coil:
- For those days when you don’t want the ends of your scarf billowing in the salty sea breeze, the “Fisherman’s Coil” is the perfect scarf knot. Center a lightweight scarf at the back of your neck, and let the ends hang down the front of your chest.
- Loop the scarf once around your neck, so that the loop drapes near the center of your chest.
- Starting on one side, wrap one end of the scarf around the loop. Go around and around until you reach the end, and tuck it in.
- Repeat for the other side. You should have a coil-like result!
How to tie the Double Monkey Fist:
- And finally, a sophisticated knot with a quirky name. To tie the “Double Monkey Fist,” you will need an infinity scarf.
- Start by placing it around your neck, and letting it hang down the front of you.
- Then, make a simple knot near your neck (as if you’re wearing a tie!).
- With the remainder of the dangling scarf, tie up another knot. That’s it!
And, as always, if you’re looking for countless other ways to tie a scarf, be sure to check out our Master List of Scarf Knots and The Knot Library! Here’s to a breezy spring full of flower buds, strolls on the beach, voyages in the schooner, and scarf-tastic knots. ;)
When it comes to t-shirts, I’m a bit of a sentimental hoarder. All of my t-shirts from clubs, teams, committees, sorority events — I keep them all. Now there is no way one person can wear that many t-shirts, so I’ve grown accustomed to re-purposing my shirts into other items. I’ve made a t-shirt quilt, a t-shirt halter top, and a t-shirt flower dress. With my never-ending love for scarves, I don’t know why I haven’t thought to make a t-shirt scarf before now. :)
First you need to cut your shirts into rectangles of equal width. In addition to two shirts, I used a few extra panels of fabric to add some texture. (I also used this spine t-shirt from another project.)
After you’ve arranged your rectangles into two columns, you can sew them together with the insides facing each other. (This ensures that the printed sections of your t-shirt will be on the outside of the scarf.)
When you’ve finished sewing all the rectangles together, you should have two long columns of fabric. Sew the two columns together as well, with the printed sides of the fabric facing each other again.
Now you should have one long tube of fabric. Next, stitch the ends of the tube together, leaving a little hole where you can flip everything inside out.
After you’ve flipped everything inside out, you can stitch up the remaining hole. Then iron everything flat to make the seams of your scarf crisp.
And that’s it!
Style your scarf with your favorite winter coat or use it to make a simple outfit a bit more rock-and-roll. It’s a great way to immortalize those t-shirts you love but don’t want to wear as t-shirts anymore. :)
After working at Scarves Dot Net for a while, I’ve accumulated quite a collection (*ahem* stockpile, hoard, embarrassing quantity) of scarves. While I love the simple-colored scarves, on occasion I’ll look at a scarf and want it to be a little more funky. When I saw this scarf with its artsy pattern, I knew I had to make one of my own. :)
What to do:
First you need to dilute the fabric paint a bit with water in a bowl. Add only enough water so that the paint is the same consistency as heavy whipping cream. (You can always add more water. The more water you add, the more the paint will bleed into your scarf.)
Next, fold the scarf in half and gather the end of your scarf together. Dip the tips of the scarf into the paint-filled bowl. Let the paint soak up a bit (the added water will help the paint bleed into the scarf), and then wring it out.
Continue to gather the scarf along its sides, so that only the edges of the scarf are dipping into the paint. Keep on dipping the scarf edges into the paint and wringing as you go.
Hang your scarf over the shower curtain to let it dry! Make sure you put something underneath the scarf to catch any drips. You don’t want black fabric paint on a porcelain tub. :)
Once it’s dry, you’ve got an artsy-funky scarf that is the perfect accessory to keep you warm on those nippy cold days — and also a scarf that transitions effortlessly to late-night art gallery exhibitions or cozy candlelit dates! :)