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A site about my crafty, adventurous, london life. Things that I make, things that I like, things that I do. And my attempts to find my own London. All the while trying not to be too homesick for California and the Bay Area.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Ashley's Braid Scarf Tutorial

Ok so I've posted this before with a link to the original tutorial but I thought I'd give it a crack at making my own. Cause it's super easy and such a fun addition to anyones wardrobe.

*Get a shirt. The larger the better. If you want to decorate it beforehand that'd be a nice touch. Or just leave it plain, or use a favorite t-shirt with a cool logo that maybe doesn't fit anymore, what have you.
*Trim the sleeves and collar off and cut along the sides to make two even-ish pieces. I left the end hemming on cause it made the braid ends look cooler.
*Sew the two raw edges together and try it on. I made sure that there was enough solid material that would wrap around my neck before I chalked the line I made to stop the strips. You'll see.

*See! So I made the strips about an inch thick but I didn't have a number of them planned ahead of time. Basically make sure that you have groups of threes for braiding and just keep careful watch of how much you have left towards the end. Once cut, carefully stretch the shredded fabric.
By the way a circular cutter makes it soooooo much easier and nicer looking. Invest in one stat!

*And finally, BRAID!
*Make sure you have tension while braiding. And I just tied off the ends. You can trim them so they don't have so much dangly bits but I like the way it looks with the ends.
I think next time I might make the braids a little shorter and have more solid fabric to wrap around.

Simple yes? Try it! And let me know how it goes.

Love and Friggin Easy Craft Projects.

~Valiant V

PS- I got a custom order on Etsy! It's been a while since I've had one of those. Going to be fun.

Gonna turn this into a flower.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

New Year

Had a great feeling day!
Sunday, chill, making some breakfast, took pictures of said breakfast cause it looked so happy, making some crafty things just for the heck of it, a little sewing machine action, a little room cleaning, chatted with my momma for a bit, grilled cheese and a cider for lunch, aaaaahhhhh. Im even excited about work tomorrow! Yes life is good.

Remember that shirt I was trying to make? I mean I lightened it and tried to stamp some design on it. I WISH I knew how to make a shirt. Anyway, it didn't look right and I kind of gave up but saved the shirt for possible future projects. Et voila!

I made another braid scarf out of it. The grey one I made before was a little shorter but it seemed to have more braids? I didn't review the original tutorial I got it from, just sort of remembered what it looked like before and tried to do it again from my head. I think it worked well. Pink is not really in my usual clothing color scheme but maybe someone else would like it? And it's not quite light jersey scarf season either. I might just add it in to my early spring wardrobe rotation. My own version of the tutorial to come.

Hope your new year is going well!

Love and getting back in the swing of things,

~Valiant V