(Chelsea) My sewing machine has been humming the past couple of weeks! This spring has been a very cool one for Washington (bleh), which hasn't been particularly lovely, however it has been perfect for wearing those light, feather-weight, spring scarves. With Mother's Day and various family birthdays in the month of May, I've been in the mood to make scarves for gifts. Hopefully the recipients of these gifts will also feel in the mood to wear spring scarves!! :-)
All four of these scarves were pretty easy to make and used about 3/4 of a yard of fabric. The only downside to using this light-weight gauzy fabric is that the hemming is a pain. You have to roll the hem as you go because it won't really iron flat. And it sheds threads like crazy. It's ok in my book to have a not-so-perfect rolled hem though--adds to the casual vibe of the scarf.
This blue ruffled scarf was one long piece about 7 inches wide. I sewed two gathering threads down the middle and gathered slightly. I also added two horizontal ruffled pieces to each of the ends.
This pink ruffled scarf was made of the same kind of fabric (I got both at JoAnns for about 7 dollars a yard). This one was made out of two pieces, one about 7 inches wide and the other 5 inches wide. Both were ruffled and then layered on top of each other. I made the 5 inch piece a little longer so it hung down about 3 inches on each end which tapered it slightly. They kind of wound around each other which looks nice.
The third scarf was made out of a XL shirt I picked up at Spanky's for 50 cents. I liked the fabric and it was the same gauzy type stuff as the other scarves so I gave it a go. Pretty good deal I think. :-) I made this one similar to the blue scarf above. But it was about 5 inches wide. At the ends I folded each like into a triangle, much like wrapping a present on the sides. Another idea for more of a tapered look.
The shirt was two layered, the bottom being a slightly heavier blue fabric. I cut that into a few little circles, hand-sewed around the edges and gathered them into flowers. I snipped off the pearl buttons and sewed those in the middle, then sewed the whole thing on. Adds a fun touch! And all for 50 cents!!
This fabric was a steal. I found it in the 70% off remnant bin at JoAnns. Originally it was 10 dollars a yard, it was marked down to 6.30 a yard and I bought my 3/4 of a yard remnant for 2 dollars. :-) Sometimes it pays to pass the time waiting in the cutting line by looking through the remnant bin. Never know what you might find!! This a polyester blend fabric, heavier and more silky than the others I sewed with. Hemmed pretty nicely too. I LOVE the simple polka dots. Because of the simplicity of the fabric I decided to try my hand at an infinity scarf. I Just cut the fabric into two 7 inch wide pieces, slightly tapered at one end to 5 1/2 inches, sewed those two together, hemmed the whole thing and then sewed the ends into a circle. Took about a half hour and I like it the best. :-) It's pretty large so you could wear it wrapped twice with a long necklace maybe, or three times for a more cowl-like look.
Here's a close up of the adorable fabric. I want a dress made out of this! It's hard to tell but I actually used a pale blue for the stitching along the hemline. Adds a subtle quirky touch. :-)
Try your hand at any scarves recently? It amazing how many ways you can sew a scarf!