Sweater to Scarf

It’s been almost 2 months since I’ve posted, but since my last post Kat and I have settled into our little house and are loving it. When we’re not working, going to class, volunteering, and running around campus it’s nice to come home to a cozy house and it is worth all of the crafting and thrifting this summer!

One of my biggest fall and winter obsessions are infinity scarves- I wear them every day. I decided it’s time to start experimenting with making my own since I wear them so often! Turns out, this will absolutely be my easiest tutorial yet.

1. Thrift an old sweater (mine was 99 cents from VOA in Lansing)

2. Cut a straight line right under the arms

3. Wrap once or twice around your neck for your brand new infinity scarf!

I suggest getting a soft, extra large sweater.

There are other alternatives to the tutorial, depending on the size and look you’re looking for. Another option is to cut off the top and sides of the sweater and then stitch the sides back up. However, if you don’t have a sewing machine, you can take the easier route.

Happy coming of winter!

-Kat

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Studded Ballet Flats

I officially became obsessed with these studded ballet flats on Etsy by HaroldandJane. I wear slippers everywhere (including to run errands and drive) and these were by far the coolest slippers I’ve seen. However, I couldn’t splurge and pay $40. Determined to make my own, I found the same exact leather Capezio pink ballet slippers on Ebay for $5.99! I already had the studs; they were $1.67 at Hobby Lobby for about 30.

    

The most difficult (and only) step is nailing holes into the slippers. Because they’re made out of leather, it’s impossible to just push the studs through. I placed a piece of cardboard under the fabric and nailed the holes for the studs. I used the actual stud to make indents so I knew where exactly to nail the holes. After the holes are nailed, just push the studs through and bend the prongs on the inside.

For less than $7, I made studded ballet flats that are almost identical to the $40 pair on Etsy! I can’t wait to wear these around my new house. And probably everywhere else, too.

Acid Wash Jeans

I started off with a pair of thrifted high-waisted levi’s for 1.99 and cut them off into shorts. I loved the fit but not the color, so I decided to experiment!

I put on gloves and laid my shorts in the bathtub. I slowly poured straight bleach onto certain parts of the shorts, and then soaked the entire pair of shorts in 1/2 bleach, 1/2 water for about 10 minutes. (There’s no right way to do this- it depends on what you want them to look like!)

I rinsed the shorts in water, washed and dried them. Here is my final product of this easy, fool-proof DIY: