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Reversible Scarf

I am currently in the mood of pure anticipation again, since I will spend next weekend shopping, talking and drinking alcohol (can you actually write that in a blog?) with some really good friends. I am actually so excited that I almost forgot that my seemingly endless semester vacation was over and uni would start again today. That has never happened to me, but to be honest after writing my bachelor thesis I kind of had a feeling of closure.

Dangerous! I actually do have to attend two seminars and bear another oral examination, but other than that, my last semester will be really relaxing. Good for me so I can focus some more on this here!

Anyways, sometimes you get that crazy idea in your head, and you picture it being rather simple in execution, but it turns out to be far more complicated than you thought. This one here is one of them; I had the notion of rubber-stamping something again, which I did once with potatoes, one of my favourite projects. A scarf was a good choice, and since the hound’s-tooth pattern is in fashion once again it wasn’t really a question whether I would use it. In the end, I had to start over two times in total (yes, DIY bloggers tend to fail as well, as I have mentioned before) because the pattern turned out to be crooked. But the third time is the charm and now I am more than satisfied with the outcome. But try for yourself:

You need:

  • Black Scarf
  • Fabric paint in white and red (for dark colours)
  • Foam rubber
  • Something to hold the stamp (e.g. a plastic container for beads)
  • Glue
  • A piece of cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Flat iron

Scarf-1Start by preparing your stamp: Print out the hound’s-tooth pattern in a desired size and carefully cut out one of the checks. If you don’t have a printer at hand, look up the pattern and sketch it on a piece of paper. Cut it out.

Scarf-2

Place the template on the foam rubber and trace the outlines with a pencil. Repeat this steps three times so you have three stamps in total. Carefully cut out everything. Glue those three hound’s-tooth shapes together, so you have one big stamp in the end. Attach the stamp to the plastic container.

Scarf-3Time to rubber-stamp your scarf! Prepare the fabric by laying it on an even surface, starting with the top left corner. With your paintbrush apply enough if the white paint to your stamp and place it on the scarf. Attention! Mind out that the hound’s-tooth is placed exactly at an angle of 90 degrees, otherwise your design will look crooked.

Scarf-4

Continue rubber-stamping the scarf by placing each hound’s-tooth parallel to the other. Take a picture of the pattern as help. This may take some time, but it’s worth it when you see the pattern evolve. If everything is finished, let the paint dry.

Now for the other design! Take the piece of cardboard and cut out a rectangle in a size of your choice. This rectangle will determine the size of your squares. Turn around the scarf and start again in the top left corner.

Scarf-5

Place half of the cardboard on the scarf, dip your paintbrush in red fabric paint and trace the outlines of the cardboard. Don’t be afraid if the lines do not look even, that’s part of the design. Next, place the cardboard rectangle right along the line you just created and continue to trace along the outlines. Continue until you have a sort of check pattern.

Scarf-6

Let everything dry and iron it according to the instructions on the fabric paint. Done!

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To be honest, this was a project involving a bit more or rather tedious work (my back hurts a lot right now) since the hound’s-tooth pattern took so long. The second design was by far easier. I actually wanted to paint both sides with the hound’s-tooth pattern, but was (honestly) way too lazy to spend another afternoon rubber-stamping. Out of this laziness evolved this very special twist, and I’m a bit proud of it. But what do you guys think? As always, hope you are inspired!

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    Becky
    19th October 2015 at 11:54 pm

    This is such a lovely idea to do a reversible scarf! I will have to try this out. 🙂

    http://printedforest.blogspot.co.uk/

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    Carolyn
    20th October 2015 at 3:47 am

    the pattern mixing is so cool!

    http://heyprettything.com

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      20th October 2015 at 7:31 am

      Thank you!

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    Salome
    20th October 2015 at 2:17 pm

    wow what an amazing idea , Love love love your creativity
    also check out my blog

    https://thefashionsateen.wordpress.com/

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      20th October 2015 at 3:02 pm

      Thank you very very much, I’m flattered!

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    margarita
    20th October 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Omg this is amazing diy!!

    http://deadlyinlove.com/

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      20th October 2015 at 6:43 pm

      Thank you!

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    welovefur
    22nd October 2015 at 9:13 am

    Stunning idea! I love your creativity and your blog
    I hope you will like mine
    many kisses
    http://www.welovefur.com

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      22nd October 2015 at 10:28 am

      Thank you very much! Your blog looks amazing by the way!

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    Annie Abbey
    22nd October 2015 at 1:53 pm

    This is such a funky and creative DIY I love it!!! I might try this out!
    XOXO
    Annie
    http://www.somethingswellblog.com/

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      22nd October 2015 at 2:24 pm

      Thank you very much!

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    Swantje
    27th October 2015 at 1:26 pm

    It looks so cute ! Love the scarf 🙂
    Nice work !! 🙂

    Swanted
    http://www.swanted.de

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      27th October 2015 at 4:37 pm

      Thank you!

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    Katie
    29th October 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Looks great, well done!!

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    Vanessa
    30th October 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Love the part about drinking alcohol 🙂 (is it allowed?) lol!
    Just found your lovely blog but I love it and appreciate the honesty!

    Vanessa
    http://www.theretropenguin.com

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      30th October 2015 at 4:37 pm

      Thank you, I try to keep it as close to real life as possible 🙂

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    Coco
    4th November 2015 at 5:40 pm

    I love this reversible scarf, especially the hounds-tooth side. I like the idea of creating a stamp and using fabrics paint instead of screen printing the pattern, it gives it more texture. Could I possibly use a sponge or a potato stamp instead? Beautiful job Michelle thank you for sharing!
    Coco
    http://craftylittlecoco.com/

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      4th November 2015 at 8:58 pm

      Yes of course you could use a sponge or potato print! I just wanted to try something different since I already used the potato print technique on a shirt a while ago. Thanks for the compliment!

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    Jude & Yara
    4th November 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Love this! This is great so creative
    Selftimers,
    http://www.selftimers.blogspot.com

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      4th November 2015 at 8:54 pm

      Thank you!

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    Ana Prodanovich
    9th November 2015 at 4:07 pm

    What a creative idea!!

    anaprodanovich.com

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      9th November 2015 at 4:37 pm

      Thanks a lot!

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    danaeL
    30th November 2015 at 11:55 am

    Great idea, I love the b/w pattern.
    Your blog was an happy finding!

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      30th November 2015 at 3:36 pm

      Thank you very much!

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