The Minx's Stole

I am so over Winter. Already.

It’s been snowing endlessly. And yes, it’s pretty. 

But it’s cold. Really cold.

Mick understands.

Mick understands.

t’s only mid-January, but already I am restless. My winter womp-womp has set in. Don't misunderstand...lazy, snowy days are poetic. Breathtakingly so. I love a good curl-up as much as the next cat. A delicious book, a steamy cup of something...warm bodies entwined, watching the white-tipped trees through the bedroom window...it’s all too beautiful (cue The Small Faces)...for the first two months.

But then the wanderlust creeps in. And with it the realization that it’s too cold to wander, hits like a snowball in the face.

Let's shake this OFF. Let’s do a fun project together.

I call it,

How To Make An Easy, Yet Outrageously Glam Scarf In Less Time Then It Takes To Complain About Winter

Ready? Here’s what we’ll need:

  • Faux fur fabric scraps, (you can buy 1/8 yd of fabric in most shops,) or re-purpose old coats, collars, even sofa throws. I just picked up a discounted furry throw for $15 that I can easily get two pillows and a scarf out of it.
  • large sewing needle 
  • thread    
  • Giant snaps 

Step 1: Trim the piece to size, trim any jagged edges (yes it will shed!)  You want it to be reasonably neat, because we aren’t going to sew a hem (I told you this would be simple!)

Step 2: Wrap the fabric around your neck, check it in the mirror to see how you would like it to lay, and mark with a pin where you want it to close so it fits perfectly. (approx. 3-4” from opposite edge of fabric.)

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Step 3:  Take one end, gather the corner in toward the middle, then do the same with the opposite corner, creating a triangle.

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Step 4: Sew a few “stay stitches” to tack the fabric you just rolled, it will keep it in place.

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Step 5:  Sew a giant snap at the point of the triangle, then sew the other snap half onto the fabric where you marked it with a pin. Here’s a tip: all snaps have a male half and a female half. You can figure it out...

**Make sure you are sewing the snaps on the right side-a good way to cheat it is to keep the snap snapped when you are placing the second one down, then when you know you have it, unsnap and sew.

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Put it on, snap it closed, tuck the stray ends under and you’re good to go.

Et voila!

Gorgeously glam, super-warm, cruelty-free. 

How sexy is that?

Of course...if you want...you can get fancy and adorn your stole at the closure with a vintage brooch, a flower pin, or sew on a trinket to personalize it. I kinda got carried away. I made four. One in brown, white, red, and this large, wolfish, grey-tipped one. And you know what? I've had so much fun, my grump-ass mood has vanished completely. 

 

Meeeooowww. And some howling.

xxx Alise