Put that scrap fabric to good use: bow wallet and infinity scarf

I have a box of scrap fabric. Some of it’s leftover from material I bought, but a lot of it is from old clothes. These two projects were really easy and fast to do. I used an old sweater dress, so they’re also really soft.
Bow wallet made from scrap fabric. Made by Conniya.

This wallet is really cute, but not really practical because this fabric is SUPER stretchy. I mostly made it for practice. I might remake a larger version with stiffer fabric for use as a clutch or something.

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The opening flap tucks underneath the bow! How handy is that?!

Bow wallet made from scrap fabric. Made by Conniya

For the infinity scarf, I used four long strips of fabric and sewed hem into a tube.

Infinity scarf made from scrap fabric. Made by Conniya.

I made it small enough so that it would stay gathered right against my neck to keep me warm. It also turns out to be THE PERFECT SIZE to wear as a headband/ear warmer. I didn’t plan that at all. I wish the rest of my life would happen like that lol.
Infinity scarf made from scrap fabric. Made by Conniya

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The long and short of it: Gryffindor scarf and matching headband

Some projects take five minutes, and others a year. This scarf is one of those that takes a year. I started it around Valentine’s Day last year, and decided to finish it as I was reorganizing my yarn stash this week.

The main reason I put off finishing it was because I ran out of maroon. I had to use yellow to finish tying off the last few stitches. Originally, it was going to be longer, but I think six and a half feet is long enough, don’t you?

Gryffindor knit scarf by Conniya

Being in a crochet mood, I decided to whip up a headband using the leftover yellow yarn.

Yellow crochet headband with bow

To make the bow, I crochet a rectangle and tied braided yarn around the middle.  A few stitches to attach it to the headband, and TA-DA!

Matching Gryffindor scarf and bow headband by Conniya

I’m dreaming of a green Christmas

In my family, I am notorious for my sloppy present wrapping. My thoughts? It’s just going to be ripped up and thrown away later, and if it’s round then the recipient should understand what a pain it was to wrap it. While the not-so-tidy paper corners may still make my dad cringe, I’m hoping that my gift toppers will distract him.

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 I prefer to wrap Christmas presents with newspaper for several reasons:

1. It looks cool

2. It’s eco-friendly

3. It’s free (depending on which newspaper you use)

4. The paper is already cut into reasonably sized squares

The downsides of using newspaper:

1. Sometimes there are awkward headlines (Last Christmas, I had to scrap all the front pages because I didn’t think “Sodomy reported on campus” was appropriate for my young cousin’s gift wrapping)

2. Ink can rub off on your hands and gifts (Don’t use it as tissue paper to wrap a white sweater)

3. May be awkward when wrapping very large gifts

Here are the basic instructions for making the bow you see on the tallest present.

step 1, stripsCut lengthwise strips

step 2, circlesTape (or glue) then into circles

step 3, stapleOnce you have as many loops as you want, staple them together. Make sure that all the taped parts are in the center of the bow so they aren’t visible later.

bottom bowHere’s what it looks like. Now repeat the first few steps using slightly shorter strips of paper. I created two layers of loops, but you could do more if you want.

step 5, topperUsing the same basic method, cut short strips of paper and make them into loops.

step 5, topper final

I used four loops and tucked them inside of each other to create a sphere. Put a longish piece of tape on the bottom to keep them from shifting around.

final bowTape your layers together and tape the entire thing to the top of your gift, and TA-DAAA!