Monday, March 11, 2013

Personalized DIY Scarf

I had first found this scarf on Pinterest, and immediately thought, "I can do that!" So with some careful planning, and the right tools, I did. I knew I wanted to make a scarf with my favorite Celtic Thunder lyrics on it. I got the lyrics in the right order so now it was time for materials. I went to Wal-Mart and scored this plain green scarf for $5. A quick trip to Michael's for a Tulip broadtip fabric marker, and I was good to go. I think this whole project cost me less than $10. Score!

The whole completed scarf
First, I washed the scarf. That way I had a clean surface to begin with. Then I set up my ironing board. I used a yardstick and drew a straight line across the scarf with chalk. I shook my marker well and began writing. *I chose to write in cursive, because I think I write neater that way but you can choose*

When I reached the end of the line, I waited a a minute or two, and then drew another line with chalk evenly spaced from the first line. Continued writing, and repeated the same process until I was done. I let the scarf dry completely dry for the next 36 hours.

Close up of the lyrics
To make the marker permanent, I flipped the scarf over and ironed it on low heat to set the ink into the fabric. *I have not washed this yet, so I can't attest to the staying power of the ink*

Wash your scarf first
Place something underneath the scarf while writing so the ink doesn't bleed through
Make sure your lines are straight
Iron the scarf wrong side up to set the ink
If you try this, send me picture, or leave me a comment letting me know how it turned out!
P.S. Can you imagine giving this to a bride with either A.) her vows written on it or B.) A beautiful love poem? Amazing!
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