Thursday, August 26, 2010

DIY: Knotted Double-Layered Scarf from XL Men's tee (inspired by Country Road Knotted Loop Scarf)

Finally! I’ve been so busy over the weekend because of assignments. They are not major assignments, but I’m a silly perfectionist when it comes to school work.

Now, as I have promised, the scarf refashioned from one XL Men’s tee! I got the XL Men’s tee from a discount store for just $2. The scarf was inspired by the Knotted Loop Scarf by Country Road. It costs 69.95AUD! (-_-x)
Knotted Loop Scarf by Country Road for A/W 2010 Collection, image from here

It seems to be really well-liked here because I’ve seen 2 people in my class wearing it. But this is something that I am making for a friend of mine. Oh, oh and this is the very first project that I did with my NEW Elna Sew Fun sewing machine!!! All right, enough with that introduction and monologue. Let’s get on with the tutorial! :D

1 x XL Men’s Tee
Sewing machine/Sewing needle, thread and a lot of patience

  • Cut your tee according to the picture. A and B should be about the same width and C is from the sleeves.
  • One tee will yield 2 As, 2 Bs (the second one is underneath), 2 Cs and 1 D.

  • Get A and open it up. There should be an open side where the C/the sleeves were cut off. 
  • Fold A into half, lengthwise, with the RIGHT side of the fabric facing each other, such that the open sides meet at the dotted line.
  • Sew along the dotted line.
  • Open A up and you should get a rectangular piece of fabric. Do the same as above for the other piece of A.
  • Put the 2 pieces of A together, with the RIGHT side of the fabric facing each other and so that the ====, ++++ and .... are in line with each other.
  • Sew along the ==== lines together and then open the piece up.
  • Fold the piece lengthwise such the ++++ side meets with the …. side with the RIGHT side of the fabric facing each other. The picture shows only one piece of A. The other one is out of the frame. The 2 pieces of A form a very long piece of fabric.
  • Sew ++++ and …. sides together.

  • Turn this long piece of 2 As inside out and you will get a long tube of fabric with all the clean seams on the outside.

  • Get C and cut the seams so that it opens up as shown in the picture.
  • Get one C and one B. Line the sides ==== and ++++ together, with the RIGHT side of the fabric facing each other. Sew ==== and ++++ together.
  • Do the same for the other B and C. 
  • You will get 2 long strips of fabric as shown in the picture, each made from B&C.
  • Lie the 2 B&C strips on top of one another, RIGHT side of fabric together.
  • Sew the sides together to get a tube like with A previously.
  • Fold the 2 tubes of fabric inside out so that all the clean sides are facing outside.
  • The tube from A should be longer than the tube from B&C.

  • Tie 3 knots in tube A, where the second knot is right in the middle of the tube.
  • Tie 2 knots in tube B&C, such that the knots have a space in between.
  • Lie the 2 tubes of fabric parallel to one another. The knots in tube B&C should be next to the spaces between the knots in tube A.
  • Holding the 2 ends of the tube together, try and see how it looks on your neck. Adjust how you want the 2 layers to look before sewing the ends together. 
  • It’s ok if the edges of the ends are not exactly together. That was also what happened to mine.
  • Fold/Roll the ends neatly into half, as shown in the picture.
  • Now, the final piece! Get D, open it up and cut it as shown in the picture to get a small rectangular piece of fabric.
  • Join the ends of the 2 layers together, and then wrap it using D. You may want to fold the raw edges of D inwards as you wrap the ends together.
  • Sew it in place! You may want to do hand sewing for this last step instead as the fabric gets really thick here and you may want to hide the stitches with some strategic stitching.
  • OMG we’re finally done. Take a break because I know the steps are really confusing!
I really have to apologise for the confusing steps. It’s hard to describe everything that I did because I did most of my thinking as I was cutting and sewing all those ends together. Please don’t curse and swear if you don’t understand any one these steps! Pop a message in the comments section instead and I will try to reply ASAP! :)

Yayy! So this is the tutorial for the week! What do you guys think? I think my friend would really like it. :D


Hello Naka said...

very cool ^^

Missus D said...

that's a great idea! well done!

Absurdouée said...

Love it !

Anonymous said...

I love I have your permission to blog about this and use the first photo? I looked for an email for you and couldn't find one. My email is on my right.

Lauren Leggatt said...

I absolutley love this! its so....chic. love love love it!
thanks for sharing :)

I'd love it if you'd visit my blog



hihihi! said...

This is so cute!! it looks exactly like the one thepicture!! and it looks fAB on you especially against the neutrals :)

The Clothes Maiden said...

what a fantastic idea! i love your blog :)

Lauren Leggatt said...

So I made this necklace/scarf and I posted it on my blog :) go check it out!

Maya said...

that's so cute! i'll try it :) thnx so much' :)

gwenstella said...

thank you everyone! i'm so glad that you guys like this project! :)

Steffi said...

Great idea!Thank you for it!

babalisme said...

Oh, thank you for sharing, now my husband's t shirt won't last long enough before it hits the scissors....

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons said...

LOVE IT! do you get a zillion compliments on it? I bet you do! =)

Jenn L @ Peas & Crayons

SallieA said...

I made 2 for my nieces. One was really long and the other short, but they seemed to really like them. Will send pics as soon as I get them.
While I was making them, I got really confused with the b and c cuts and seams. Now that I see the pics again it makes sense.
Thanx for the pattern!!!!
Will be making one for me soon!