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the weather has officially shifted. we can no longer walk the streets of brooklyn unbundled without seriously regretting the decision. so, the coats and hats and gloves have come out of storage and onto the big and little bodies around here. a few days into the cold, eve began requesting a scarf. ruth soon joined in. after two weeks of being reminded (scolded?) by my daughters i got to work making the scarves, in the laziest ways possible. instructions below:

scarf #1: find abandoned, half-finished scarf wadded up in the bottom corner of yarn/knitting bag. stick needles in one last time to cast off properly. sew on largest button you have and fasten around daughter's neck. 


scarf #2. think back to when you made a scarf for your sister-in-law four christmases ago. recycle exact same idea. get a bunch of yarn, cut into strands at desired length. holding all strands together, sew back and forth at desired intervals with whatever color(s) of thread you have near your sewing machine. wrap around daughter's neck.

feel really good about yourself. you might have been lazy, but you've just made scarves two scarves in less than an hour. and that's something. 


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Reader Comments (37)

oh my!! i just found your incredible blog- i love it- i am so inspired by all of your ideas!! i am going to learn to sew this year & i think the scarf is a great place to start!! (so i feel like i've done something real and don't give up!!)

truly- LOVE your blog...

have a great day!

March 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commentershauna

Hi Katie,
I just found your site and I must tell you that your daughter in the pictures is positively adorable. Love, love the scarves, love the clothes.....there is nothing I DON'T like that I've seen. My Granddaughter just turned four and I know she would love to have one of those scarves. Suppose it will be the 2nd one because I can't knit (lol) only crochet. But I love them both and the button, well that is a terrific idea!!

You are so very clever in all you do....what an inspiration!!! You wouldn't happen to have a tutorial hanging around for the little Navy skirt with the white lines running thru the fabric would you??? That is just the cutest...would love to make it for my granddaughter. She is a girlie girl and loves to dress up. She is blonde with long hair just like your daughter and they appear to be about the same age.

I look forward to checking in with you often to see what you are up to. Thank you for sharing your creativeness with all of us. All my best to you and your family.

P.S. I left my e-mail address, with the belief that it will not be sold or given to any other party or parties. Feel free to contact me with it if you wish.

June 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

AMAZING! Love it! Thanks!

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

i found your blog through a posting of the grey sewn scarf on pinterest... i love it! thanks so much for sharing this awesome idea, i only wish i had found it sooner! this is definitely on my list of things to make :)


November 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermae

Hi Katie - This is so awesome! Seriously THANK YOU for posting this. Simple beautiful scarf. I'm going to get my boys to cut the yarn, and "drive" the sewing machine peddle so they can give this as a gift to their teachers. My boys are 4 so wish me luck!

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjenny

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June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDaily Craft

Wow, these are amazing! I love the second one, it's so cute for such a quick thing!! Awsum idea!

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Gotheltic Rowan

Hi. Great ideas! I love the sewn scarf idea and just attempted it. I used scotch tape in certain areas to keep it from moving but I had trouble keeping the yarn close enough together to not cause gaps.
Any tips? I'd love some help.
Thanks so much!

October 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterClaire

I'm with Claire...how do you keep it from moving and keep the yarn close enough together to not cause gaps while sewing...do you have a tutorial?

Thanks! Lisa

October 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I haven't attempted it yet, but I'm planning to try using tissue paper underneath the yarn to help it move more smoothly through the sewing machine. We'll see if it works. :)

October 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterClaire

I tried this ! Got to the sewing part and the yarn kept getting my sewing machine clogged ! :(

November 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhannah n

Claire...did it work with using the tissue paper? I would really like to try making one of these scarves, just don't want it to be a big ordeal to where I give up on it.


December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

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