Knit Scarf to Shrug

A good Spring clean fantastic. It gives you a chance to clean, declutter, reorganise and find items you had long forgotton. It’s amazing how quickly we can accumulate “things” in such little time. During my last clean out, I found this gorgeous knitted scarf in very pretty blue. It is a very wide scarf, so an image of a cute shrug popped in my mind.

Sorry, I didn’t take an image prior to pinning it, but you get the idea, it’s a long rectangular scarf.

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The picture below shows the steps I took to turn the scarf to a shrug. I started by measuring the sleeves, and pinned where the sleeves (armpit) would start.

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I then cut the fringe from both ends and hemmed the ends to stop fraying. Lastly, I sewed the sleeve seams.

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Another super fast DIY project, that is both funky & functional.

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I’m using my new shrug a lot more then when it was a scarf 🙂

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Kimono Inspired Cape Jacket

I’m a sucker for pretty patterns, so when I found this gorgeous chiffon material in my craft room, I just had to use it!

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I decided to make a kimono/cape style jacket with it.  Once I measured the material, I realised it would be just enough for the piece.

First, I folded the material , leaving the back slightly longer than the front.

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I then cut out what would be the arms of the jacket.  I did this by placing one of my existing cardigans on top of the material to get a rough idea, I then just about tripled the size because the jacket would be a loose fit.

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Next, I cut out the neck line and down the centre to make the opening.

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Finally, I pinned and then sewed the arm and side seams and hemmed all the edges.  This was the first time I had ever made a garment!  I must say, I like it 🙂

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