Flannel Recycled

The temperature is up in the 70's again this week but we had some cool days in October where the temperatures here in the Carolinas dropped down into the 40's. The leaves have begun falling and the smell of burning chimneys fill the air. This is a reminder to me that Summer is over, so I'm putting away my tank tops and flip flops and replacing them with long sleeves and boots.

I asked my husband to pick me up a couple large flannel shirts from the thrift store when he got a notion to visit one. So of course he did and I came home from work to see a couple flannel shirts in the pile of laundry ready to wash.

I do not wear flannel shirts. I do not like any shirt with a collar. But I wanted these shirts to wear another way. I wanted a scarf.

I cut the shirt in half from under the sleeves to make a warm, light weight circled scarf to wear. I left the buttons on and sewed a hem around the edges which was optional. 

Speaking of "sew", that's a story in itself. I can not sew and seeing me try to do it, is rather comical. I just can't do it. It took me all night to figure out how to lace the cotton picken sewing machine! I had to call mom. Shes a professional seamstress. Being that I am a vision learner, I had to eventually google it. Then I ended up jamming the bobbin. That did me in. I was getting ill and grumpy. My husband told me to move and he would fix it. Let me tell you, this man can do anything. He is the best! 

He was all into getting this machine in working order for me. I warned him that it was not a Ford. Long story short, he got the bobbin loose and all the other guts fixed that I had tore apart and I finally got it sewing. I even think I did a perfect seam. I finished the scarf in no time after that.

I like my little recycled scarf.
It’s like wearing a little hug around my neck.

The scarf goes well paired with the matching cup cozy.

You see what I did there?

Now I am ready to tackle the cold, but don't ask me to tackle sewing a dress any time soon.


  1. Such a cute shot of you with your scarf and cosie

  2. How smart an idea and it is so pretty. Love the cup cozy!

  3. Ahh the sewing machine. I have used one, even made Sherry a Dress in the 60's, just to prove to myself I could do it. Of course I bought the cheapest clothe I could find. LOL
    But I do love the idea of the scarf and the cute 'cup scarf'. I remember watching my mama sew on the treadle machine, and when she went 'electric' she flew.
    No doubt your mama was the same, a seam seemed as easy as drawing a fast line.
    Good entry, Glad you nicked Nick!

  4. Another great idea.
    Unlike you though, I love to wear flannel shirts. : )

  5. What a great idea!!

  6. Too friggin cute, Lisa!! You're so creative, and I am jealous that you were able to tackle the sewing machine. I have never been able to get the hang of that - sewing is just not my thing!! Oh well! I love that little plaid scarf and would totally wear one!

  7. LOL- You are cute beyond words! I love that you kept at it and prevailed in the end. How nice to have a hubby that can fix things. If I can't do it here- we call someone in. MyHero is the most un-handy person I have ever met. Thank God he is smart and uses his brain! lol

    You did a wonderful job- scarf and cup cozy...perfect!!! xo Diana

  8. i don't like collars either and scarves smother me....

  9. Your flannel scarf you made is so cute and the cup cozy Lisa! I wish I could sew. :)
    Thanks for sharing them at C&C with J&J.
    Enjoy the week.

  10. What a fun idea! I'm glad your husband was able to fix your sewing machine.