Thursday, December 2, 2010

{ tutorial : scrappy patchwork scarf }

This scrappy patchwork scarf is so fun to make, and it's a great little project to use up scrap fabrics. Plus, it comes together so easily that is makes a quick and inexpensive gift, perfect for the holidays!

{ materials }

* {5} 6" x 6" squares of assorted cotton fabrics
* {5} 6" x 8" rectangles of assorted cotton fabrics
* {3} 6" x 24" pieces of cotton chenille
* thread
* sewing supplies and notions of your choice

{ directions }

1. Cut out all fabrics needed for the front and back of your scarf. As you can see, I used a mix of prints and colors because I like the scrappy look of it, but feel free to use more or less prints if you'd like.

2. Join the three pieces of chenille together to make one long strip, by sewing them right sides together, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. The strip will measure approximately 6 inches by 72 inches after it's sewn. Press seams open with an iron.

You'll see that the seam is barely noticeable due to the texture of the cotton chenille.

3. Lay out the squares and rectangles, in any design that you like, alternating between the two shapes. I start with a square and end with a rectangle.

4. Sew rectangles and squares, right sides together and using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, to form the front of the scarf. Press seams open with an iron.

Voila! The front of your patchwork scarf is done!

5. Sew front of scarf and chenille together, right sides together. The chenille side will be longer than the front, but we'll trim it up later.

Be sure to use a lot of pins! The fluffy texture of the chenille can be a little tricky to work with, so it's a good idea to use plenty of pins in this step to keep your fabrics from sliding apart while sewing. Leave 3-4 inches on one side open for turning the scarf right side out.

6. Remove pins, and trim excess chenille off the end of the scarf.

7. Trim the four corners of the scarf very close to the seam line, being careful to not cut your stitches. This will give the ends of your scarf nice, square edges.

8. Turn the scarf right side out. You can use a turning stick or a pencil to help get the corners nice and even. Press scarf with an iron, being careful to line up the unsewn opening along the edge of the scarf with the rest of it.

8. Top stitch along the entire perimeter of the scarf, about 1/8" from the edge.

You're done! Now you have a super cute and warm patchwork scarf to keep for yourself, or as a handmade gift! If you make one, I'd love to see photos of your finished scarf!

{ where women create 12 days of christmas }

You know how much I love all of the wonderful women at Where Women Create! Well, they've done it again and they're back for another fabulous giveaway, just in time for the holidays. The 12 Days of Christmas features three artists or designers every day, sharing one of her favorite holiday memories and giving away some fabulous prizes.

So, go on over to the Where Women Create blog the and enter to win. Good luck!
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