Thursday, August 07, 2014

The Power of Three

A friend of mine recently asked me to take in some maxi skirts for her. (She has lost over 80 pounds now and still going strong!) Among them were three skirts exactly the same - basic jersey knit maxi skirts - except one was black, one grey, and one navy.


The easiest way to downsize them was to simply take the excess fabric out of the center back seam. So I folded each skirt (inside-out) along the back seam and sewed straight down 4 inches from the seam (to take in 8 inches). Then I sewed another line about 1/2 an inch from the first.


Then I cut all the way up, halfway between the two lines of stitches.

And with that, her skirts fit again! But that's the point of this post. What did I do with the scraps, you might ask? Oh, you know me so well.

Once I trimmed off the bits of waistband and bottom hem, I had three strips of fabric about 30 inches long and 8 inches wide. That second line of stitching I did earlier created a long tube from each strip, about 4 inches wide.

I flipped each tube right-side-out again. With the grey one, I folded under the edges on one end and inserted the other end, trying not to twist the tube.

Then I stitched them together.

I looped the navy blue tube through the grey and repeated the process.

Finally, I stuck the black tube through both the grey and navy and closed it into a ring as well.

Now I've got a linked-chain infinity scarf that's going to match pretty much everything.

It's big enough to loop around my neck twice.

Or I can open up each ring and stick my head through there for a third way to wear it.

Of course, I won't be wearing it for a few months (notice I'm not modelling it?), but hey, I'll be prepared for autumn when it gets here!

And if you don't happen to have some maxi skirts to take in, this could easily be made from strips of an old t-shirt. You could make it from one shirt for a solid color scarf, or throw lots of shirts into the mix for a longer, more colorful scarf. Have fun with it!

DIY Infinity Scarf


  1. That is so neat! And congrats to your friend. Eighty pounds is a lot of willpower and diligence.