I pulled out this scarf last week to wear, and I realized I never posted it.
Last winter I was on a plaid kick. (Still am, really, considering I’ve worn my red flannel shirt weekly, and I bought some buffalo check flannel last time I was at the fabric store. Just feels so cozy.) When I went in search of something red and plaid to thrift to make a scarf, the only things I found were pajama pants.
Quick quiz: Do you say “puh-JAM-uh” or “puh-JAH-muh”? I’ve always said the latter, but I often shorten them to Jammies. My mom always called them “JAH-merz” when shortening the word, keeping the original pronunciation intact. I love hearing different regional pronunciations. And when I take those online quizzes, I always get that I’m from the South. Of course.
Anyway, I found these pants at a consignment shop in decent condition. I washed them well and set out to cut the largest pieces of fabric I could from each leg.
I ended up with four identical strips with no seams or hems.
I just snipped and ripped to make the fabric edges straight. There were lots of loose strings to cut.
Next I ironed the fabric strips and laid them out to see how I wanted to piece them.
I matched long edges of two pieces and pinned them together.
I repeated for the other two strips.
I ran a straight stitch down, following one of the stripes in the plaid, and repeated on the other two pieces.
I pressed open the seams and then pieced the two short edges together. I left the seam allowances open (and the edges unhemmed) because I don’t care if it frays, but I did go back and run a zigzag stitched down the middle of the seams for a little extra security.
These are the right sides of the four corners sewn together.
A quick and easy project that would make a great gift –
if you know people who would like to wear puh-JAH-muhz as a scarf.