When I started this project, soon after getting my new sewing machine (Gemini stitch pro) AND after doing no significant amounts of sewing for more years than I care to remember, this was not meant to be a tutorial!
the reason I made this scarf was because I wanted to familiarise myself with sewing again, and what better to practice following the seam allowance guide and to make sure my stitching was straight, than a long expanse of fabric?
After posting the finished scarf online, several people approached me about how to make it, so here goes!
How to make the scarf
you will need
2 fabrics that go brilliantly together. I used Riley Blake Edie Jane fabric ‘floral navy’ and Riley Blake Someday ‘chickens’ in Navy.
Each piece needs to be 108x15cms *
rotary cutter, ruler and self healing mat
*I only had half a metre of each in my stash so I had to join two strips together- on these patterns it really is not noticeable, but if you’d like to use a larger pattern, I’d highly recommend buying a larger piece to start with!
Cut your fabric to size measuring carefully. I doubled over my lengths to cut.
If like me, you choose to go with two shorter lengths of fabric per side, after ironing your fabric, join together on one short side using 3/8 seam allowance.
press seams open.
If you are using a continuous length of fabric , move to next step!
next you need to place your two fabrics right sides together, pin and sew along both long sides, again with 3/8 seam allowance.
Once stitched, turn your tube right side out and bring the open ends together.
(this next bit is a little tricky)
you need to bring the raw edges together so that they are right sides together again, and pin.
carefully sew as far as you are able, with your machine on slow so you can get more of the fabric together. Quite soon, you will get to a point where you will not be able to machine sew any further, and at this point, I stitched off the edge of the seam.
when you take it off your machine, you will notice a few centimetres left open. This needs to be finished in your navy thread using an invisible ladder stitch.
finally, you can press your scarf again, or as I did, throw it around my neck because it was time to go and collect the children from school.
If you wanted to be able to cut this scarf from a metre of fabric , you can shorten it a little- I purposefully made mine long enough that you could wrap it twice around your neck to have it loose and pretty, or three times for a closer, snuggly fit.
Hope you enjoyed this quick how to- if you have any questions please leave a comment below or you can contact me on my facebook page Http://www.facebook.com/rgillhammakesit