Pants-to-“Love My Scarf” Tutorial

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. Did you know that? I didn’t! I’m a woman for gripe’s sake, and I had no idea we had a month dedicated to Ovarian Cancer. At Job #1 we decided to participate in a Cancer Outreach Event Sponsored by the Be The Difference Foundation. It’s called called “Love My Scarf”.


Basically, our customers will have the opportunity to make scarves for cancer patients. They can be DIY, Sewn, or store-bought… It doesn’t matter. Just bring in a scarf, drop it off in this bin, and we’ll deliver them to cancer patients on your behalf.

Available for purchase, are Butterfly TEAL ribbon pins as well. All the proceeds go to this organization.


As the sewing instructor at Job #1, I thought it only befitting to MAKE a scarf and provide our customers with an easy (hopefully!) tutorial.

As I scoured through my material, I saw a pair of teal pants I scored at Goodwill for .99 cents. Since TEAL is the ribbon color for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month… it only made sense to make a scarf out of this material! 🙂

I knew I was saving these for a reason!

Step 1: Cut each pant leg and remove the waistband.


Step 2: “Even” out the legs.  I used a rotary cutter and a mat.

Fold your pant leg on the mat

Cut the excess material from each side of the pant, using the cutters (or scissors if you don’t have a mat).

Now they’re perfectly even on each side. Cut through the seams (on the side) and all. I promise, it’ll come out even..

Do this with each pant leg.

Step 3: Iron 🙂

Step 4: Pin and Sew 3 of the 4 sides of each pant leg

I used a Serger b/c this material frayed like CRAZY. You could use a straight stitch (or overcast stitch) on your sewing machine if you don’t have a Serger.

Step 5: Turn material right-side out.

Step 6: This is where it gets a wee bit tricky… With the raw edges of your one unfinished seam (from each pant leg), sew a single edge together with a straight stitch.

This would be RIGHT sides together.

This is what the scarf looks like at this point:

See the edge we just sewed? See how it’s on the INSIDE of the scarf? That’s why you sew right sides together on this step.

Our scarf is just about complete. We still have one exposed and unfinished edge to contend with… If your material is crazy fray-tastic like mine is, finish the remaining edge with a serger!

Leave just a little corner at the end exposed.

Step 7: Wiggle your hand in the little corner you left unstitched and turn the entire scarf right-side out

Yah! We have a scarf!!! 🙂

Step 8: We simply cahn’t leave this pesky edge unfinished! Fold raw edge under and pin in place.

Folded under so raw edge is now inside scarf.

Step 9: Stitch

Do NOT sew over your pins! 🙂

This is what it should look like after you’ve stitched it:

Trim the thread and call it a day!

You’re finished with your scarf! 🙂

I tried my scarf on just to make sure it would be long enough to be versatile

The material is pretty and comfortable. See the butterfly pin?

One pant leg would not have been long enough to tie the scarf around my head and in a bow at the nape of my neck. Plus, I wanted some “meat” to this scarf, which is why I left left the pant legs doubled in fabric. After trying the scarf on for myself, I’m really glad I made these decisions. More importantly, I hope whoever receives this scarf will like it!

Step 10: Take scarf to your nearest Donation bin

Take some literature while you’re at it.

Step 11: Feel good that you did something thoughtful for a person who’s having a not-so-great day…

To learn more about Ovarian Cancer and the Be The Difference Foundation Organization, click here.

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