October 23, 2020

DIY Holiday Gift Set Guide: Infinity Scarf with Fringe & Canvas Storage Bin

DIY Holiday Gift Set Guide: Infinity Scarf with Fringe & Canvas Storage Bin

I know it's probably hard for most of us to believe that Christmas is just around the corner but I can't help but get excited over planning homemade gifts for my friends and family every year. It's so much more fulfilling to me than purchasing random things from big box department stores that I'm not even sure they'll use. I know they all appreciate it when I give them something homemade and that only makes it that much more satisfying to me. Below I've come up with two easy and useful homemade gifts that you can easily make for your own friends and family this year. 

Part 1: Infinity Scarf With Fringe

Supplies:

LET'S GET STARTED!

  1. Wash and dry your fabric, making sure to finish your raw edges beforehand so that they don't fray. Then press. 
  2. Make a small clip close to the finished raw edge of your fabric along the selvedge edge. Use this clip to then tear the fabric going down the entire width. This will give you a perfectly straight line. Next, measure 18" from that tear you just made and make another small clip in your fabric along the selvedge edge. Use this clip to then tear the fabric going down the entire width as you did before.

  3. With wrong sides together, match up the short ends of your rectangular pieces and pin together. Stitch in place using 3/8" seam allowance, starting and stopping 1" below and above your top and bottom edges. These edges will need to be kept free for when you create your fringe later on.

  4. Trim your seam allowance from Step 3 down to 1/8" and press to one side.

  5. Pin right sides together and stitch down using 1/4" seam allowance, again starting and stopping 1" below and above your top and bottom edges to keep them free for creating fringe.

  6. (This step is time consuming but can be a fun and mindless activity to keep your hands busy while watching a movie.) To create your fringe, pick up the threads from your fabric going long ways and pull them away from your fabric. (I used a straight pin to help me pick up the threads of my fabric.) Continue doing this until you have about 1" of fringe on your scarf. You now have a beautiful infinity scarf to give to a lucky recipient!

Part 2: Canvas Fabric Storage Bin

Supplies:
  • 1 yard cotton duck canvas (I will be giving you the dimensions for two different sizes, one yard should be enough to make both sizes if you wish to.)
  • 1 yard cotton broadcloth (should also be enough to make both sizes)
  • 1 yard 1" wide cotton webbing (you will need two yards if you are making both sizes)
  • Thread to match
  • Fabric scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing Machine
  • Hand sewing needle

LET'S GET STARTED!

  1. Wash and dry your fabric, finishing the edges so they don't fray. Then press (the creases in canvas can be a little hard to get out but I think it just adds to the rustic feel of it.) Cut two rectangles out of your canvas fabric and two rectangles out of your cotton broadcloth lining fabric. Size A results in a bin that is more cubed shaped and Size B results in a bin that is more rectangular shaped.
    For size A, cut rectangles that measure 18" long x 13" tall. 
    For size B, cut rectangles that measure 22" long x 11" tall.

  2. For size A, cut a 4" x 4" square out of each bottom corner of your rectangles.
    For size B, cut a 5" x 5" square out of each bottom corner of your rectangles.

  3. Pin your canvas pieces right sides together along the sides and bottom, stitch using 1/2" seam allowance. Do not turn at corners, you are only stitching along the side and bottom edges. The squares you cut in Step 2 should remain free. Press your seams open.

  4. Match your side seams to your bottom seam and pin in place. Stitch using 1/2" seam allowance. 



  5. For size A, cut two pieces of cotton webbing that are 10" long. Pin each side 2" away from your center seam. Baste in place using 1/4" seam allowance.
    For size B, cut two pieces of cotton webbing that are 12" long. Pin each side 3" away from your center seam. Baste in place using 1/4" seam allowance.

  6. Pin your cotton broadcloth lining pieces right sides together. Stitch using 1/2" seam allowance along the sides. For the bottom, you will still be using 1/2" seam allowance as well but only stitch as far as 1" in from the edge. This will leave you with a gap at the bottom of your lining for turning your project right side out later on. Press seams open.

  7. Match the side seams of your cotton broadcloth to the bottom seam and stitch together as you did for your canvas pieces in Step 4.
  8. With your cotton broadcloth on the outside, pin the top edges of your cotton broadcloth to your canvas pieces with the right sides together. Stitch all the way around using 1/2" seam allowance. Flip right side out and press the top edge down flat. 

  9. Top stitch 1/8" away from the top edge all the way around. 

  10. For your final step, pin closed the gap in your lining. You can top stitch this closed by machine or slip stitch it closed by hand for a cleaner look.

  11. For this gift, you can load it up with some cozy gifts like a blanket or a pillow along with some reading material for the ultimate hygge vibes. Or these bins can fold up easily to be wrapped themselves. Happy gifting!