What a weekend! I certainly did anything I thought might be fun or make me smile, and I succeeded for the most part. On Friday, a group of friends and I got together and had a small crafternoon gathering. Nothing big or fancy, just us and some crafting supplies.
Every once in a while, my friends and I get together to do a crafternoon. We’ve been doing this for years. It all started in the back room of the movie theatre we worked at together. We decided one summer that we wanted to do themed movie showings and go dressed up. The first crafternoon was a jewellery making one, where we all made “hippy” necklaces. Another one I remember was for the The X Files: I Want to Believe, for which we dressed up in tin foil. Other times, we would go to Walmart and pick up cheap painting supplies and paint on canvas or on wooden toys. We just had a lot of fun.
This crafternoon project was t-shirt scarves/necklaces. It’s one of the simplest crafts I know, and after trying to teach them to crochet (I used to be pretty good with the basics, but now I’m rubbish) and failing, I opted for simple. We all brought t-shirts, and my brother Josh and I went to Michael’s to pick up a new rotary wheel, which I’m in love with, and a cutting board, since we forgot mine at the house.
Now, you’re supposed to have a whole t-shirt for this project, and one of my friends just brought pieces of a shirt. Luckily, with a little creativity, we … I mean Frances (her crafting alter ego, which happens to be me) was able to pull together a decent looking scarf in the end anyway. Frances might have helped a couple of others with their projects too, but she’s not spilling.
Here’s what you need:
A rotary wheel (You can use scissors, but your hands will tire out very quickly.)
A cutting board
Here’s how we did it:
1. Lay your t-shirt on a cutting board (I know that’s not the right term, but I’m at a loss this morning) and fold it in half. Smooth out all of the wrinkles.
2. With the rotary wheel, cut off the bottom hem. You won’t need this, so toss it to the side.
3. Moving up the body of the t-shirt, cut 1/2 inch strips. They should be loops as you’re cutting through both sides at once. Cut one piece so it’s no longer a loop.
4. When you have all your strips, stretch each strip one at a time until it looks like spaghetti. Don’t be afraid to really have at it.
5. Decide how long you want the scarf to be. I usually double it up (like a long necklace). Then, wrap the spare non-loop piece around your bundle of t-shirt loops to hold everything in place. You can tack it if you like, or just tie a really tight knot.
If you haven’t tried this craft before, I highly recommend it. It’s very very easy to do.
Here are my tricks:
1. Do not use a stretchy t-shirt. You would think that because you’re stretching the fabric, a stretchy one would be handy. The problem is stretchy bounces back.
2. Do not get too worked up if your strips are uneven. Once you stretch it out into spaghetti, it will be hard to notice.
3. Do not be afraid to really have at those strips. They will hold up for the most part. Any that don’t can be used for other projects, like finger knitting a bracelet.
What did you do this weekend?