I recently went to my first clothing swap party. It was a relaxing afternoon with a bunch of girls shopping through clothes each of us had allocated for the donation bin. There was no walking from store to store in a mall or fighting crowds or waiting in long lines for a dressing room. Best of all, this type of shopping didn't cost us a dime. Some of us walked away with more "new" clothes than others, while some others left with two or three items. I stayed until the end of the party and helped to bag the remaining clothing to be dropped off at a charity. In doing so, we were able to look at the misfits and marvel over some good pieces that no one wanted. My friend suggested a tank top that still had its tag attached, which I decided to adopt. I also claimed these two scarves that were headed to the donation pile. In all honesty, I have more than enough scarves in my wardrobe, but I just couldn't resist these bright turquoise and kelly green ones.
I took these two scarves home with the intent of turning them into infinity scarves, a type of scarf I don't own and really wanted. I couldn't justify altering any of my existing (paid for) scarves, but these ones from the swap were free, so I didn't feel bad about redesigning them at all.
The green scarf had a nice finished edge sans fringe. Here's what I did with this scarf:
Seems so silly that I've detailed the steps in making these scarves - they're SO simple! I could have left the scarf alone after the first step, but I liked the idea of having a flat seam that wouldn't bunch when I wore it. (Apologies for my bad sewing job.)
The turquoise scarf had fringe. Keeping the fringe after the alteration would result in a bulky scarf. Here's how I rectified the problem:
Now.... what should I do with the fringe...?
Here they are! My brand new infinity scarves courtesy of a clothing swap. The blue one was wrapped twice and the green one wrapped once. Many thanks to their original owners for throwing them out! What do you think? Have I inspired you to make your own?
Total time: About 15 minutes each.
Total cost: The scarves were 100% free, but I did have to buy the threads to match. However, I only used a very little bit of each color and I'll probably find a use for the colors on another project at another time.