How can a person resist the time-suckage that is Pinterest? It is an unstoppable force, especially when you’re looking for cute ideas you can do on the cheap. I submitted pieces to two, count ’em, TWO writing contests this week, so I gave myself the reward of doing something totally different than writing. I love, love LOVE writing, but sometimes it is good to engage a different part of your brain.

I’ve been looking for an Infinity Scarf “recipe” that would make a full-looking scarf that I could pull together without a bunch of sewing skills required (I’ve been known to bite off projects that were too tricky for me in the past).

I found one via Pinterest here: http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Flannel-Infinity-Scarf/#step1

I used the instructions but made a few modifications.

Jammie pants bought from the clearance rack make good material.

Jammie pants bought from the clearance rack make good material.

STEP ONE: Cut one pant leg up the inseam and across to outer seam (like you’re making shorts). Repeat on second leg. I decided I wanted a silly-long scarf, so I cut up the outside seam as well, which left me with four sections of material (I ended up only using three).

Lay pants legs on top of each other, wrong-side out, pin and sew.

Lay pants legs on top of each other, wrong-side out, pin and sew.

Here's the three sections sewn together (four sections seemed excessive).

Here’s the three sections sewn together (four sections seemed excessive).

STEP TWO: The original instructions would have had the “wrong side” fabric showing in the final product, but because my fabric was much lighter inside, I had to alter the plans. Once you’ve got your sections sewn together (as in the picture above), fold it in half long-ways with the wrong side out. Stitch this up and you’ll have a long tube.

Now fold back the end edges of your tube and sew 'em up.

Now fold back the end edges of your tube and sew ’em up.

STEP THREE: You’re getting close now. Finish the end edges of your tube so it won’t fray apart, just a little hem will do it.

Fold the entire tube right-side out, then proceed.

Fold the entire tube right-side out, then proceed.

STEP FOUR: Next you fold the tube back right-side out. Hold one end in each hand, twist one end to give it the “infinity twist” it needs. Tuck one end just inside the other, less than 1/2 inch.

With one end inside the other, stitch it up.

With one end inside the other, stitch it up.

STEP FIVE: Stitch ‘er up. That’s it! Now you’ve got a silly-long scarf you can loop twice or even three times. It is nice and full, and because of the material it is soft and warm.

Here’s the finished product:

I think it looks pretty good on Peanut. He's a little bashful.

I think it looks pretty good on Peanut. He’s a little bashful.

Here's the finished product. What do you think?

Here’s the finished product. What do you think?

See? It’s really easy, and minimal sewing skills are required. I hope it doesn’t look like I’m wearing my PJ’s wrapped around my neck, but as long as I don’t walk into my next slumber party see my scarf as someone else’s pajamas, I think I’m good. Now I can give this to my sister, who was such a good sport about the cowl/neckwarmer thing I knitted her for Christmas — it ended up being way too fuzzy and left wool hairs in your mouth after a bit. Not good.

Do you have any DIY projects that have worked? Not worked? I love hearing stories of things ventured, so feel free to chime in down below in the comment section. And maybe you consider subscribing? Thanks!

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