“Ruff N’ Tumble” Scarf Tutorial by Living with Punks



Hi!  I'm Susan from Living with Punks and I'm ultra-excited to be over here today at UCreate!  Kari certainly has an eye for all things fab and aren't you so glad she narrows it down and shares her finds with all of us? 

A little about me and my blog...I am mama to three little punks and wife to the biggest punk of them all.  Just kidding... hubby is actually very creative and handy, so needless to say, our household is one big project after another.  I love to blog about anything creative.  My posts mostly involve sewing, but I might throw in a few posts where I use some glue and may or may not include some bling.  Oh, and I love food, so I sprinkle in some recipes too.   I have alot of obsessions...We call them "my problems".  Right now, I have a scarf problem.  You can see my most recent mania here, here and here  So, when Kari asked me to guest post, I knew what I was making, and I'm sure by now, you can make a wild guess too.  A Scarf! 

But this is not your basic scarf...it's a patchwork (another recent problem) version that is sure to please all those fashion-conscious kiddos of ours.  If you've never attempted a patchwork, don't be scared away...It's super easy and a great way to use up that stash of thrifted Tshirts waiting to be cut into. 
I can totally see this being used in girly colors too, but I am happy to bring you a boy project because I know how scarce those can be {crickets}...
You ready?  Here we go...

Materials for one scarf: 1/2 yard fleece (you will have leftovers) Old Tshirts (I used 5) or use fabric scraps.  For my second scarf, I used scrap corduroy too! Contrasting thread Coordinating Thread Basic Sewing Supplies

1.  Begin by opening up your fabric out and lay flat.  From selvedge end to selvedge end (usually 60 inches), cut a 10 inch strip

2.  Take your Tshirts and begin cutting them.  Make some straight cuts and diagonal cuts.  Make one side straight, the other side diagonal!   Make sure the diagonal cuts are longer than the 10 inch width to account for the angle.  I made my diagonals about 14 inches long because we will trim them later anyway.  You can always cut all your scraps extra wide so you don't have a problem with cutting later

3.  Lay out your design right side up and cut the diagonals to match.  Lay out the entire design before you begin sewing.  Your Tshirt patchwork design should be about 4-5 inches longer than your fleece to account for seam allowances you will be sewing

4.  Once you have your design chosen, begin sewing the patchwork together.  Working from one side, start with the second piece

5.  Place it RST on the end piece

6.  Sew with a 1/4" seam allowance

     First seam sewn!  (betcha can't say that 7 times real fast)

7.  Continue with the next piece, and keep it up until you have completed the design

8.  Here is what it will look like.  Be careful that your 10" length scraps (if any) are all lined up so when you trim, they match up

9.  Now the fun part:  Create a free form pattern with a zig zag stitch in the solid colored Tshirt areas

Add a zig zag stitch in between seams too, for a bit of a rough look

Have fun with it and be creative.  Use different colored thread too!

10.  Once you are satisfied with the design, place the fleece RST on the patchwork design, lining up the edges

11.  Trim the excess of the Tshirt patchwork so all the edges are even

12.  Pin in place, making sure to mark a spot to leave un-sewn for turning later

13.  Using a 1/4" seam, sew around the entire scarf except for the marked opening

14.  Clip all four corners

15.  Turn the scarf right side out, pushing out corners to make them nice and straight

16.  Pin the opening and hand sew closed
Wrap around your punk and turn him loose
Thanks for having me Kari!  Stop by Living with Punks anytime  :)


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  1. Wow! I love it! I just bought some fleece to make my boys scarfs. I am going to have to try this, thanks for shareing!

  2. thanks so much for a boy idea! i have three, and these will be christmas gifts for sure!

  3. Cute idea and nice for boys!

  4. COOL! I have 2 boys and they would absolutely love this since they think the knitted ones I made for them are too girly, LOL!
    Thanks so much for sharing, I can't wait to get these started for them :)
    hugs, margie

  5. I love ALL her scarfs! this one is ADORABLE!

  6. Awesome! The boys are rocking it too. :) Thanks for sharing. It's the best way to make use of those old shirts or scraps. :)

    Adin B

  7. Thanks for the great idea! Seriously, coming up with cute stuff for girls is a dime a dozen, but you're a REAL crafter if you can create good stuff for boys as well! They are harder!

  8. This is awesome. I have a hard time finding fun things to sew for my boys not that they are getting a bit older. Thanks so much for sharing.I am going to dig for old t-shirts later today!

  9. I know two little boys this scarf will be perfect for! Can't wait to make it! Great idea!

  10. Love this! we have made blankets out of old tees, but never a scarf. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing :)

  11. This is a great idea!! I have so many fun screen tees from my teenage years in boxes that I wanted to do something with

  12. O.K. these are great! Thanks for the really clear tutorial too! I love how your boys will be all "serious model" for you!

  13. Awesome tutorial. Your boys are gorgeous! They could totally model. :P Tempted to make some for Christmas... oh when I find some time. :P

  14. I am not a sewer but you sure make it look easy! I love that you used Tee Shirts, I am always looking for inspiration to reuse old things, but the best part is these look fabulous! Great Job Susan!

  15. so much fun, and a great use of scraps!

  16. great way to use some old tees :) I will have to make these for my boys ASAP! Thanks for sharing.

  17. LOVE this tutorial... Thank you! Your boys are so handsome!

  18. THANK YOU! I whipped up one of these for my toddler son tonight, it was fast and simple...I did change the dimensions a bit for him being smaller (6 inches wide by 42 inches long) Can't wait for him to wake up in the morning and see it!! Thanks again!

  19. I LOVE this!!! I extra love that it is for boys as most crafty ideas are aimed at those cute little girls which I do not possess. Instead, I have rugged boys.

  20. I saw something similar at a craft fair a couple of weeks ago (at a hefty price) and knew I could make these myself. Your tutorial is just in the nick o' time. Thank you!

  21. Any thing upcycled catches my eye! So adorable- I think my two boys have some jersey scarves in their future...

    Thanks for the inspiration and tutorials; I know how much work goes into them!

  22. your 'punks' look like child actors or boy models, what style!
    Excellent scarves, so many ways to play with them.

  23. Anonymous03:27

    I wanted to do something with my kids old high school and college sports t-shirts. this will make a great scarf for their Christmas stocking! thanks for the tutorial.


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