Summer Scarf a winter twist.
• You need about a 1/2 yard of 1 or 2 fabrics. If you have a serger, you can make a single layered scarf. If you don't have a serger we'll make a double-layered cozy one.
Types of Fabric: soft cottons, flannel, knits, light-weight and non-scratchy wools
For this polka dot scarf I used quilting cotton on top (from Joanns) and cream colored flannel on the bottom.
• Sew the two dot strips together, then sew the two flannel strips together.
• Leave an opening in the scarf so you can turn it right-side out when you're done sewing (similar to making a pillow). Mark this opening with pins so you have a Start and Stop point for sewing.
• Clip the curved ends in the seam so the curves will lay flat when turned right-side out.
• Turn the scarf right-side out. The best way to do this is to stick your arm in the opening and pull each end out.
• Pin the opening closed and sew it closed.
We're going to use Elastic Thread.....and if you've never used it, it's going to change your life.
I use it for so many projects.
And it's SO easy!
It comes in small spools, sold in most fabric shops and on Amazon for about $2/each. I've only seen it in black and white but those seem to work for my needs.
To get elastic thread in the bobbin you need to wind it by hand. Don't tug or pull the elastic too tight as you go. Just casually wind (pretty scientific, right?)
Then place the bobbin in the case, load it in, and pull it through.
The key is to be patient and remember that most of the ruffling happens afterward when you spray the fabric with water and press it with heat.
Also, light weight fabrics ruffle up better than heavier ones.
So there are many factors at play.
Okay, with elastic thread in your bobbin let's start sewing.
• Sew a straight line right down the middle (just eyeball it; doesn't need to be exact)
Then sew another line about 1/4 inch over to the right and a line a 1/4 inch over to the left, so you have three lines of elastic.
• Spray it with a bit of water and press down the middle with an iron. Try your best to NOT press the outside of the scarf. I know that's hard. But if you can do it, the scarf will be a bit more "bouncy" and less stiff.
If you have a serger, you might try this single layer method:
It can be difficult going around the curves. Just go slow and fold, sew, fold, sew, etc.
Now let's add buttons.
Ruffled Winter Button Scarves.
That's a mouthful.