Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Loving the Scarf

Scarves, it seems, have made a big come-back in recent years. After watching a You Tube video on the different ways to wear one, I was firmly convinced that we could throw out the sewing machine and just wrap ourselves in a length of fabric!

I made this scarf with its little scrunchie holder from a fifty cent remnant.

The scarf and the scrunchie are almost identical in construction so instructions for one will be relevant for the other.

For the scarf you'll need a piece of fabric, with a soft drape, around 50 inches (127 cm) long by around 14 inches (36 cm) wide.

The scrunchie requires a 20 inch (51 cm) length by 2 ¾ inch (7 cm) width.

To make both scarf and scrunchie, fold the fabric in half lengthwise and stitch, leaving a 2 inch (5 cm) gap at both ends. I like to make a second row of stitching so fraying won't be an issue.

Pull through to right side.

Now, with right sides together, pin the ends and stitch, forming a loop.

To make closing the gap neat it's a good policy to press those seam allowances in place using the tip of the iron.

For the scarf I hand-stitched the gap closed.

But as the seam won't show on the scrunchie, I've stitched it closed on the machine leaving a small hole to insert the elastic (but not yet).

Press the seam of the scarf flat without pressing the edges, as you want it to be soft and flowing. 

That's it for the scarf, now to finish the scrunchie.

The scrunchie can be pressed flat to make the next step easier.

Stitch along both sides forming a channel in the centre for the elastic.

You'll need about 4 inches (10cm) of elastic for this scarf scrunchie. Thread the elastic through the channel using a safety pin. Firmly stitch both ends of the elastic together and pull back into the channel. Hand-stitch the gap closed.

Scrunchie complete!

I've trimmed mine with this cute brooch made by a crafty young miss for her stall at a school fete.

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