spontaneous fall project

i LOVE fall! it is my absolute favorite time of year…just why exactly do i love fall? hmmmm let’s see:

  • pumpkins
  • lattes
  • leaves
  • bonfires
  • football
  • tailgating
  • smores
  • hoodies
  • boots
  • scarves
  • cider
  • hayrides
  • crisp air
  • etc. etc

i love scarves, i just don’t know how to wear them…especially if they aren’t very long. i am lucky enough to have received a few infinity scarves as gifts, and i like those a bit more, because they are pretty much fail proof. i know my little sister bought mine from etsy for upwards of $25, but that was before i really got into sewing/quilting. therefore, i figured i could probably find a free tutorial/pattern, and make myself one for much cheaper. i happened to find this one, by “awaiting ada,” that essentially used 2 fat quarters. easy enough right?!

i wanted to practice with fabrics i didn’t care too much about, in case i messed up, but also that were cute enough that i could actually wear if it turned out great. i had previously purchased this fat quarter, because i loved the colors together, plus i’m a teacher so i loved the vintage school buses, plus they were neutral enough to match with simple outfits.

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for the back, i didn’t want to be too matchy matchy, but i did want it to coordinate. i also wanted it to be a solid, versus a patterned fabric, so it wouldn’t be too busy. i decided to just use some of the leftover denim from the quilt i am making for my little brother. 20130913-185624.jpg

finally, i used red thread for the top stitch, to pop on the solid side, and to pull it all together.

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voila!

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i didn’t really want to take a picture in color, because i am wearing a hot pink shirt, but i figured i should probably showcase what it actually looks like. (hence the sassy face, lol)

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and finally, here i am wearing it to work with a grey shirt. pardon the dim lighting…i was in the car and it still wasn’t completely light out yet.

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my friends and coworkers weren’t as big of fans of it as i am, but that’s because not everyone can appreciate the buses lol. also, they didn’t put the work into it, to truly appreciate it! i can’t wait to start teaching again, because i will totally rock this scarf in the classroom lol. i think it will look better with a long sleeved shirt and my hair down. if i make another scarf, i would like to make it a little wider, and a little longer. i think i would also use some interfacing to give it a little more shape/sturdiness. i’ve never used that before, but need to learn soon so i can applique. these would be good gifts too, so i don’ t think i will give up just yet. plus, i made this in one afternoon after work, so it’s a quick, fun, rewarding, and useful project! i will update with a new picture when i look a little more presentable, and my scarf looks equally awesome šŸ™‚ lol

i know i said i would try to get a lot done on my cross stitch, since i would be in a car for 12 hours this past weekend…however, on the way to tennessee, it got dark too fast, and on the way back, i just couldn’t focus, so i read instead. still making slow but steady progress though šŸ™‚

speaking of reading, you should go check out the book i was able to not only start, but also to finish in the car on the ride home….here.

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that’s about the extent of craftiness i’ve been able to complete since my last post. stay tuned…

ā¤ xtina

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