HI! I am Jackie from Jackie's Art Quilts. It is my turn to show you a tutorial. I am so thrilled for this opportunity to post on Amanda's blog and to meet you.
I love scarves! I wear them several times a week. And I don't mean winter scarves, although they are delightful too. I mean beautiful scarves to wear with a T-shirt, or with a lovely blouse. A scarf to dress you up, or make your casual attire look extra special.
I have a closet full of scarves. But none are as gorgeous or funky as the tutorial I am about to share with you today. The options really are limitless and I do hope you make one up and send me a pic of it.
You will need some very pretty fabric. I used Sweet Divinity, of course!
A few fun buttons or cute embellishments, Amanda sells some great ones.
I won't tell you specific measurements because you use different lengths of your fabric to make it work. You will be aiming for a total length of 64”. I used pieces that were 4-10" long and they have to be 6" wide and 10" wide.
1. Cut several pieces of fabric out 10" wide and of varying lengths. The different lengths will add character to your scarf.
2. Sew, using a 1/4" seam, the pieces together to make a 64" long scarf.
3. Then do this again, but this time the width only has to be 6" wide and still 64" long. Make sure the second one is different from the first one. Even if you are using the same fabrics, like I did, just mix them up and vary the length of them. So you will end up with 2 pieces each 64" long, one 6" wide and one 10" wide.
4. Press the seams to one side.
5. Take your 6"x 64" piece and you are going to cut it into two 3" x 64" strips.
6. Now take your other big piece, the 10" x 64" piece and about 4" in from one narrow end you are going to cut a curvy line from one narrow end to the other. Make your curves gradual and not to steep, easier for sewing.
7. Take the small 4" curvy strip and set it aside for now. We are going to work with the bigger piece, now called the scarf.
8. Take one of your previously cut 3 x 64" strips. Lining up the narrow ends, place it slightly under the curved line of the scarf. You just want it under enough so that you can follow the curved line and cut into the 3" strip, making the same curves all the way along.
9. Then turn over right sides together and stitch from one end right to the other. Open up and press.
10. Take the curved strip you had put aside and now place it just slightly over top of the edge of the straight strip you have just sewn on.
11. You need to make this straight edge curvy. So again, cut along following the curved edge.
12. Place right sides together and stitch. Open and press seams to one side. It should look like this now.
14. Repeat steps #7-13.
It should look something like this.
15. Trim the narrow ends up and press under 1/4".
16. Place right sides together, the length of the scarf. Stitch right down the whole length. Turn right side out.
It should now look similar to the picture below, like a big long open ended tube.
17. Here comes the super fun part - embellishing the ends. If you love the look of it now, then simply sew up the ends. If you want to funk it up a bit, read on.
18. I drew a shape of 1/2 a flower and cut 8 of them out of fabric. I then fused each half flower to another half flower, ending up with 4 half flowers. Tuck 2 of them into one end, and sew right across. Repeat on the other end.
19. I added buttons to the center of the flowers. If you never want to worry about which way the scarf is being worn, sew buttons to both sides of the flower so it is completely reversible. Amanda also sent some lovely white crochet flowers, so I added them a little further up the end of the scarf.
20. If you don't want the flowers, you could add a pompom border or a ruffled border too. The variations are endless. Now get out there and strut your stuff!
Don't mind that I am out in the middle of winter for the pictures. The light and view were so much better than inside my house.