3.01.2013

a ruffled scarf tutorial ~ an oh-so-easy project

So cute!  My sweet daughter models my new ruffled scarf beautifully.  This is an oh-so-easy and simple sew project that should take less than an hour from start to finish.
I absolutely love this fabric.  It's a soft, stretchy, knit pre-'ruffled' in @1" tiers and was purchased at  Hobby Lobby.  Because it's a knit, it comes 60" wide.  Perfect for a scarf!  This fabric is priced at $10.99 per yard.  12" would also work fine, which is 1/3 yard..... so if you purchased a 1/3 yard at $10.99 per yard your investment in this scarf is a mere $3.66.
 I cut mine 13" wide from selvage-to-selvage.  A selvage is the pre-finished end of fabric.  Just be careful you get the ruffles out of the way.... you want to cut between the ruffles, not through any of them.   Leave the selvage, it's a perfect finish and the ruffles cover the edges anyway.  At this point you should have a 13" wide by 60" long piece of fabric.
Right-side up, measure 8" in from the left top edge.  See my pin down there.  I've also placed a pin at the bottom left corner, because in the next step we will 'connect' the pins.
Take the bottom left corner and meet the '8" from the top left edge' pin. 
Pin, right-sides together, matching edges of fabric.  This will create the neat diagonal, waterfall effect of the scarf.
From this point, pin the straight edges together, right-sides together.  Be sure to not pin the ruffles, you don't want to sew in the ruffles.  
I'm at the right end now, and you can see how there will not be enough fabric to match up.  That's okay.  Everything works out in the end!
Looks like a mess right now.  I wanted to show you this because everything feels kind of off-kilter at this point because the fabric is twisted as we pinned.  This is what you want.
I set my machine on a Vari-Overlock stitch that is terrific for knits as it keeps the 'stretchiness', but use your zig-zag stitch if you don't have this option on your machine.   Even a straight-stitch would be 'okay'. I lengthened my stitch length just a little.
Sew a seam where you pinned.  Mine is about 1/4".  Again, be sure to get your ruffles out of the way of your needle.  You don't want to skew your ruffles by sewing through any of them.
This is what my seam looks like.
Turn your scarf inside-out, and you are done!!!  I did not finish any of the 'unfinished' ends, as the ruffles cover them and we're using knit, so there will be no problem with fraying thread.  On the hanger you can see the nice diagonal 'fall' of the ruffles that come to a bit of a point.  But let's see what it looks like on.
My sweet daughter walked in the door just in time to model for me.  Her cat, Toby, had to get in on the photo-shoot too!    She wanted to show the different ways she likes to wear her scarves.   Nice and easy here...
a little looped....
....over the shoulder...
....a simple tie....
Which option do you like best?  It's hard for me to chose, I like them all!  I hope you might be inspired to make a scarf.  They are not hard at all.  



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4 comments:

  1. It's too difficult (!) to pick a style of wearing the scarf. She looks good in all of them. She looks like a professional model!

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    1. Awwww, you're sweet. Of course I think she's pretty, but I'm her mother and I'm supposed to think that way! Thank you Mama Pea.

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  2. Lovely scarf! Thanks so much for sharing great tutorial! Would love to have you visit me sometime. Visiting from Flamingo Toes blog party.
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  3. This is great! I'd love for you to check out our Pattern Party! Those with patterns and templates to share are invited to link up! Check it out
    http://getyourcraptogether.blogspot.com/search/label/Pattern%20Party

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