Flower Embellished Ice-Dyed Infinity Scarf

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Are you ready for Scarf Week? I am with my pretty new, orange, ice dyed, flower embellished, T-shirt infinity scarf. Whew—that's a mouth-full!

What the heck is scarf week? Well, many of you know that (almost) every month I do a silhouette challenge project where I try to do something new and exciting with my Silhouette Portrait. What you may not realized is that Lauren from TheThinking Closet is the creator of the Silhouette Challenge. She is  a sweet, punny, encouraging, fun blogging lady!! So when she decided to invite folks to join in on her Scarf Week (which is a fun, crafty, pun-filled take on Shark Week ) I just had to join in!

First, I wanted to share a little bit how my mind works, and how I come up with my projects (sort of a behind-the scenes glimpse into my mind).  I have some friends who ask me how I get project inspiration. Most of the time, I'm solving a problem or wanting to use a certain supply. This project went something like this: within a couple of hours of each other, I was contacted by Lauren about Scarf Week and encouraged in a Haven email to wear orange at the Home Depot set up at the conference. If you mish-mash these 2 needs together (and the fact I have very little orange in my wardrobe), you get...an orange scarf. Yawn....

But when I looked at my craft stash, I realized  I had a bunch of large t-shirts and orange tie-dye left from other tie dye projects. Score! I've also been experimenting with ice dying, a dying technique that makes a kind of watercolor look that I really love!

So here's what you need (links are affiliate links):

Adult Large (at least) white t-shirt, washed (don't use fabric softener)
Rubber bands
Powdered dye (I used tie-dye spray dye – look for the kind that requires no other chemicals – do not mix with water)
Lots of ice
Drying rack
Needle and thread
Safety pin

Dampen your t-shirt. I accordion-folded my t-shirt and placed rubber bands along the length, but feel free to use you preferred binding technique for tie-dying. 

Place t-shirt on drying rack, keeping the t-shirt as compact as possible. Pile a bunch of ice on top of the shirt, covering the whole shirt. Pour the powdered dye directly onto the ice, trying to avoid clumps. 

Allow the ice to melt. Place the wet, dyed t-shirt into a zip-top gallon bag. Allow to sit for at least 24-48 hours. Rinse with water and then run through your washer and dryer by itself. You now have a ice dyed shirt. 

Cut the shirt below the arm seam  and at the hem to create a tube of fabric--also known as an infinity scarf. Pull to stretch. Knit fabric (t-shirt material) stretches nicely and doesn't need hems! Yay!! You could stop now for a plain ice-dyed infinity scarf. But if you want to embellish the scarf with a flower, it's super easy!

Create a 5 petal flower pattern with a piece of paper. Mine was between 3 and 4 inches in diameter. Cut out. Use this pattern to cut 12 flowers from the leftover T-shirt material (the top and sleeves). 

Cut out a circle about 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter out of the fabric (it doesn't have to be perfect).

Take the circle as your base. Fold 4 of the flower shapes into quarters. The petals won't line up – that's the point. This will create a pretty layered effect. Align on the circle so that the corners all meet in the middle. Stitch  the corners onto the circle to secure.

Fold the next 6 flower shapes into sixths (fold in half, then fold into a triangle so the middle of the flower is the point). Align on top of the 4 flower shapes you just stitched down so that you cover up the seams between the previous layer of "petals" as much as possible. 

Stitch down through the previous layer to the base circle. Fluff the flower a little.

Take the last 2 flower shapes and fold in half. Roll together to make a rosette shape. 

Stitch the corner tip into the middle of the flower, making sure to stitch both pieces of material of the rosette securely. Fluff the flower. I love how the subtle variation of color from the ice dying process makes the flower have even more dimension!

Secure the flower with a safety pin (or jewelry pin base if you have one). Enjoy!

Want More Scarf Week Inspiration?

The dyed, painted, and stamped scarf fun has only just begun! Be sure to chomp those shark scarf teeth into each of these inspirational D.I.Y. projects hitting the blog-o-sphere today.
13 Dyed, Painted, & Stamped Scarves | Just 1 of 5 inspirational themed days of tutorials during Scarf Week 2015.  Whether it's tie-dye or painting with stencils or stamping it up, you'll have no shortage of creative ideas for ways to create your own scarves and dress up the ones you already have!
Tie Dye Infinity Scarf Using Super Soaker Water Gun by The Southern Couture From Drab to Fab: Stenciled Scarf Makeover by Creative Savings Flower Embellished Ice-Dyed T-Shirt Infinity Scarf by Architecture of a Mom Tie Dyed Scarf {tutorial} by Ginger Snap Crafts DIY Pink And Gold Elephant Scarf by Practically Functional How To Create A Brush Stroke Scarf by The Small Stuff Counts Abstract Ink Blot Black and White Scarf Dyed with the Sun by Where the Smiles Have Been Creating a Butterfly Infinity Scarf by Crafty Bonds Rorschach Inspired Art with Yarn by It Was Weekend D.I.Y. Galaxy Print Infinity Scarf by The Thinking Closet Graffiti Bicycle Scarf by Tried & True DIY Gold Polka Dots Scarf by The Crafting Nook DIY Linen Scarf by H2O Bungalow Image Map
Click the images above or links below to check ’em out.
4. Tie Dyed Scarf {tutorial} by Ginger Snap Crafts
5. DIY Pink And Gold Elephant Scarf by Practically Functional
6. How To Create A Brush Stroke Scarf by The Small Stuff Counts
9. Rorschach Inspired Art with Yarn by It Was Weekend
10. D.I.Y. Galaxy Print Infinity Scarf by The Thinking Closet
11. Graffiti Bicycle Scarf by Tried & True
12. DIY Gold Polka Dots Scarf by The Crafting Nook
13. DIY Linen Scarf by H2O Bungalow

Coming Soon....

Here's a glimpse at what's coming up later this week!

To access all 5 days of Scarf Week, visit our co-coordinators, Lauren from The Thinking Closet and Vanessa from Tried & True. They'll be updating their posts with the clickable collages as they go live this week. And you can also follow along with our hashtag, #ScarfWeek2015.
It'll be wave after wave of killer inspiration, no fish-bones about it!

Stay scarfy,

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