2 DIY Winter Fashion Crafts: Cape & Infinity Scarf

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As much as I love hot weather, winter is undoubtedly my favorite season for fashion. I love layering and combining pieces to create completely different looks. With these simple tutorials, you can add two versatile pieces to your winter wardrobe that you can keep for years to come.

Whenever I need fabric for a project, Walmart is always my first stop, because the selection is pretty good and the prices are awesome. I’m tempted to tell you right now how much I paid for the fabric used in these projects, but I’ll tell you at the end of each tutorial. You know. Cause we all love suspense :)

Project 1: Wraparound Cape

Winter is just made for warm, cozy clothing, and this ridiculously easy cape absolutely qualifies. I discovered this tutorial at P.S. I Made This, and I knew I had to try it. I’m glad I did! It is perfect over a long-sleeved shirt, and would also work over a dress or skirt.

You’ll Need:

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  • About 2 yards of heavy weight fabric like wool, wool blends or fleece
  • Scissors
  • A hat
  • Ribbon

Fold your fabric in half lengthwise and lay it flat.

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Center your hat on the fold in the fabric, with about half the hat sitting on top of the fabric and half off. Cut ONLY the top layer of fabric along the lines shown in the photo above.

You’ll wind up with a shape that looks like this when you lay the whole thing flat:

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Finally, cut a length of ribbon long enough to tie around your waist with a little hang on the ends.

If you can believe it, that’s it! I like the raw edges, but if you don’t, you can always add a small hem all the way around. Now, you just have to drape it over your shoulders and style it.

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I chose to rock my cape with the hat I used above, which coincidentally featured the same herringbone pattern as my cape fabric. Over a black long sleeved tee, purple skinnies and black knee-high boots, it’s a perfect casual winter outfit. In Georgia, winter days fluctuate between really cold, really mild, like today, and somewhere in between. This is a great piece to wear on those mild and in-between days.

And the best part? This fabric was a ridiculously affordable $2/yard! So this cape cost me a total of $9: $4 for the fabric and $5 for the spool of ribbon, which I’ll be able to use for other projects as well!

Project 2: Infinity Scarf

Even if you don’t like to sew, this project should be pretty easy to tackle. And who doesn’t need a super versatile scarf in the winter?

You’ll Need:

  • 1-2 yards of cotton or jersey fabric (something with some stretch)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine or needle & thread

First, a note about the fabric. You’ll need something with a little stretch so that the edges won’t fray and will curl under when you cut them. This awesome striped jersey cost just $1.50/yard at Walmart!

If you bought 2 yards, like I did, you should have enough fabric to make two scarves. Fold your fabric in half lengthwise and lay it flat.

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Cut the fabric along the fold, so you wind up with two strips of fabric.

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Fold one strip in half lengthwise, with right sides together. Pin the ends together.

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Sew the ends closed with about a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Finally, cut off the excess from the seam. That’s it! Literally one long stitch is all you need to complete this.

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I love this type of scarf because there are literally infinite ways to wear it — hence the name. Here are three ways to wear it:

Double drape

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Shawl

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Hooded

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And you may have noticed that I wore the same base clothes with this scarf as I did with the cape. These pieces are neutral and versatile enough to be added to almost any outfit.

What crafts have you been making this winter? Feel free to share!

DISCLOSURE: I am a member of the Walmart Moms program. Walmart has provided me with compensation for sharing a winter craft idea and tutorial with you. Participation is voluntary and, as usual, all opinions are my own.

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  • Katherine April 13, 2013, 8:21 am

    That is impressive. I’m amazed how you turn a simple cloth into a fashion statement. Thanks for sharing these fashion ideas. I really love them.

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  • MAC October 23, 2014, 11:31 am

    That is the EXACT type of fabric I wanted to use to make my PSIMADETHIS cape. Your cape looks fab and I love the twist of using the ribbon as a belt. I will definitely be using this as inspiration. Do you know the name or brand of that fabric btw? I’m trying to find it online.

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