Friday, July 27, 2012

Celebrate London Olympics: DIY "London Calling" Scarf

DIY London Calling Scarf copy

Want a fashionable way to show off your 2012 Olympic Spirit?

Use your Handmade Union Jack Flag Stamp to make this easy jersey wrap scarf, and rock some style while cheering for the athletes!

Gather These Supplies:

Blank White Cotton Jersey T-Shirt: Size XL

Permanent Markers (Gold Fine Tip and Black Wide Tip)

Foam Number Stamps ( 2, 0, and 1)

Acrylic Craft Paint in Red, Blue and Black

Fabric Scissors

White Thread

Straight Pins

Sewing Machine

Step One: Create Fabric Pattern

Making Scarf Fabric Pattern 1

Begin creating the first layer of the pattern by writing "Olympic Games" repeatedly with the gold permanent marker on both sides of the t-shirt.  You only need to continue the pattern from the bottom hem of the tee to where the sleeves begin (bottom of the armpit seam).

Making Scarf Fabric Pattern 2

For the second layer, write "LONDON" in bold lettering, and evenly space it out across both sides of the tee.

Making Scarf Fabric Pattern 3

For the third layer, load your Union Jack Stamp with paint (as shown in the DIY Olympic T-Shirts Tutorial), and stamp at an angle repeatedly across the surface. You will have to wait for the first side to dry before flipping the tee over to stamp the second side.

Making Scarf Fabric Pattern 4

For the fourth, and final layer, paint your foam number stamps with black acrylic paint and stamp "2012" at a diagonal across the fabric.  I lined mine up with the top of the flag. Again, wait for the first side to dry before flipping the shirt over to stamp the second side.

Step Two: Sew the Scarf

Sewing Scarf 1

Using sharp fabric scissors, cut the T-shirt at the top of your pattern, directly below the sleeve seams.  Cut through both layers of jersey, and all the way across the T-shirt.

Sewing Scarf 2

Cut and completely remove the bottom hem of the T-shirt.

Sewing Scarf 3

You will now have two "tubes" of the jersey fabric.  These need to be opened up into two long rectangles.  Insert your scissors between the two layers of jersey, and cut straight across the short side of the fabric tubes.

Sewing Scarf 4

You should now have four long rectangles of the printed jersey.  Line up two rectangles, right sides together, and pin.  Repeat for the other pair.

Sewing Scarf 5

Prepare your sewing machine with the white thread.  Using the Zig-Zag stitch, sew the jersey rectangles together, with about a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Sewing Scarf 6

Fold the seam over to one side, and stitch down using the Zig-Zag stitch. This will create a flat, sturdy seam. Now you will have two very long rectangles.  These need to be lined up, right sides facing together, pinned at the seams, and sewn together just as you sewed the other pieces.

Sewing Scarf 7
Sewing Scarf 8

If there are uneven edges at the seams, simply trim them with scissors to create a neat edge for the scarf.

Check out your Awesome, Handmade,
"London Calling" Scarf!

Finished Scarf

Step Three: Rock Some Brit Style

Final Scarf 1 copy
Final Scarf 3

To wear it, simply place the scarf over your head and then loop several times until it is layered nicely around your neck.  Accessorize with some bold earrings and a chunky bracelet (I am modeling pieces from my "Urban Prairie" Collection), and you are set!

This scarf will be a great addition to your wardrobe for years to come, commemorating the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London!

Want more fun DIY ideas to celebrate the Olympics?

Check out the other projects in our
and stay tuned for a few more!


  1. Fabulous post, Erin. ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!!!!!! xxx Sondra

  2. Thank you so much, Sondra, I am glad you enjoyed it!


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