Last fall I fell so in love with this scarf, I picked it up in both colors (off-white & navy). It’s a super soft, gauzy, 100% wool in a simple check print that goes with everything. Sold! There was just one problem…it was too wide, so that no matter how much I folded, twisted or wrapped, it always looked too poofy on my petite frame (I don’t look good in an oversized blanket scarf unfortunately, even though I love them, like this one…but I just have to tell myself, “no!”). There was just too much fabric, and it quickly overwhelmed me anytime I tried to wear it. The obvious solution was to cut out some of the width, and it took this long for me to grow the nerve to actually take a pair of scissors to these beautiful scarves.
The weave is loose and gauzy, so I didn’t want to sew a hem (seemed like a difficult job), so I picked up a bottle of Fray Check to protect the cut end from unraveling. Fray Check is a launder and dry clean safe fabric glue specifically marketed to prevent fraying and unraveling, which seemed like the perfect and easy solution for this project.
This turned out to be a pretty easy DIY:
- I folded the scarf in half length-wise to identify the center.
- I took a sharp pair of fabric scissors and carefully snipped the scarf in half.
- I ran a light layer of Fray Check along the freshly cut edge and let it dry fully.
I placed plastic bags beneath the scarf for applying the Fray Check so nothing would accidentally stick. The dried Fray Check feels a little crunchy until you scrunch it up a bit. I just twisted and scrunched the scarf in my hands a few times, which helped get rid of some of the crunch.
Pretty easy, right? And now I have a second set of scarves to share with a friend. ;)
Anyone know of any other good uses/projects for Fray Check (this is my first time using it)? I’d love to hear them!