DIY Scarf from Shirt

DIY Scarf from Shirt | The Urban Pig

The cold weather is officially among us! Andddd, I’m already over it. So today I bring you a little DIY to help keep you all a little warmer! I always tell Connor how jealous I am of mens’ flannels because they are so much warmer and softer than womens’ flannels. Do you agree? Well, I gave in and just bought one from the mens’ section but of course it doesn’t fit right no matter how hard I try, so I had to find a new use for it. What better way to hold on to the softness then a scarf which comes in such close contact with your face and skin!?

I have to warn you about this DIY though…I literally made it up as I went. No planning ahead. And halfway through, I changed the style from loose to snug. So, I’m sure for all of you crafters you may find there is a wayyy easier method of doing this. But I wanted to share it anyway, mostly to inspire, and hopefully for everyone else it works out better and faster! So, with that in mind…here goes!

DIY Scarf from Shirt | The Urban Pig

DIY Scarf from Shirt | The Urban Pig

^^ My favorite part of this scarf is that it has a pocket!! Also, I love how the buttons show along the bottom of the scarf. ^^

I started by laying out the shirt, ironing (because clearly I didn’t!) and buttoning it up. I then cut off the sleeves following along the seam on the side closest to the sleeve. I then pinned the hole closed.

DIY Scarf from Shirt | The Urban Pig

DIY Scarf from Shirt | The Urban Pig

DIY Scarf from Shirt | The Urban Pig

DIY Scarf from Shirt | The Urban Pig

DIY Scarf from Shirt | The Urban Pig

Place the shirt on its side and pin the bottom opening closed. Cut off the collar and pin that opening closed, as well.

DIY Scarf from Shirt | The Urban Pig

DIY Scarf from Shirt | The Urban Pig

Go back and sew along all of those pinned areas.

DIY Scarf from Shirt | The Urban Pig

DIY Scarf from Shirt | The Urban Pig

DIY Scarf from Shirt | The Urban Pig

DIY Scarf from Shirt | The Urban Pig

DIY Scarf from Shirt | The Urban Pig

Take the collar intersection seams and fold, following the steps in the photos. Sew your pieces together to form one seam.

DIY Scarf from Shirt | The Urban Pig

DIY Scarf from Shirt | The Urban Pig

DIY Scarf from Shirt | The Urban Pig

DIY Scarf from Shirt | The Urban Pig

DIY Scarf from Shirt | The Urban Pig

DIY Scarf from Shirt | The Urban Pig

You will now fold the bottom of the shirt, following the steps in the photos. Sew this new edge.

DIY Scarf from Shirt | The Urban Pig

DIY Scarf from Shirt | The Urban Pig

DIY Scarf from Shirt | The Urban Pig

DIY Scarf from Shirt | The Urban Pig

DIY Scarf from Shirt | The Urban Pig

Go back and fold any pieces that are not hanging quite right, as well as your buttons or clasps. The folds and overall shape of the scarf are going to look odd when laying flat, but once it is wrapped around your neck, you really don’t notice.

DIY Scarf from Shirt | The Urban Pig

DIY Scarf from Shirt | The Urban Pig

DIY Scarf from Shirt | The Urban Pig

DIY Scarf from Shirt | The Urban Pig

DIY Scarf from Shirt | The Urban Pig

Stay warm out there!!

A Graphic Rice Bag

A Graphic Rice Bag | The Urban Pig

I love unique packaging, so the other day when we were cooking and ran across this bag of rice, ideas started running through my head on how I could re-use it. Burlap is really popular, but I also love the bold colors and prints stamped on top of it.

My first idea was to make it into a pillow, I already had some stuffing so I packed it full — easy enough with the zipper already attached. But lately, I have started thinking of other things it could become, and I might consider doing something a little more special with it.

A Graphic Rice Bag | The Urban Pig

A few ideas I have:
1. Pulling the fabric tight and framing it as a picture
2. Adding to the previous idea and making it the backdrop of key hooks or a pin-up board
3. I’ve heard of people making them into heating pads (I would need to re-fill it with rice)

A Graphic Rice Bag | The Urban PigI’m a little bit stuck on this one so I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

Adaptive Reuse & Sustainability

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[image via Aaron Leitz Photography]

One of my favorite aspects of sustainable design is adaptive reuse of a building. For example, one of the internships I had was for an architecture firm whose workplace was in an old historic library. I love seeing the character of an old building combined with new and modern elements. It creates such a striking balance.

You could actually say that my excitement for sustainable design started sooner than this semester’s restaurant project which I talked about on Tuesday. It technically started (at least) last semester during the Leadership in Design class I am taking. We were asked to come up with a project for us to work on which obviously incorporated: leadership and design. I was really inspired by this talk by Project H, in part by the youth component and also because where I live in Pullman now, nearby towns are facing the “symptoms” that Emily Pilloton talks about. I proposed to the leadership class that we do something similar to Project H. People were enthusiastic about it, and so we have started really implementing it this month.

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