March 28, 2012

Today is part 1 of my tutorial for making a very professional looking summer scarf.  It is one of those things that I love to make because it is easy, cheap, and has big results.

Step 1

Get a piece of light weight cotton fabric that is about 25″ wide and about 90″ long (this is approximately 21/2 yards of fabric cut in half lengthwise.  Cut a small snip about 1 inch from each of the skinny ends of the fabric and tear along the grain.  This will true your fabric or make it on the grain.  This will come in handy when you fray the edges.

Step 2

Stitch a line 5/8″ from the edge on both of your short edges.  Depending on the weight of your fabric you may need to adjust your tension and/or needle to accomodate for the fabric being so sheer.

Step 3

If one of your long edges is a selvage like mine is then your need to cut out a small notch beneith the stitch line.

Step 4

Thread by thread start to pull the lengthwise threads all the way to the the stitch line.  This will take awhile, so get in front of a good show.  I really think it’s worth it though.  I think the fray is what makes it look professional instead of homemade.

Step 5

On each of the long edges, turn in 1/4″ and press.

Step 6

Turn it over another 1/4″ and press.

Step 7

Now stitch the folded fabric down to secure it.

Now you are done making the basic spring scarf.  Tomorrow I will show you how I hand painted it.

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  • Reply Mariló March 28, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    I love this! I should try as I love scarfs,can’t wait to see it finished!

    • Reply Kelli Ward April 6, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      thanks marilo. you SHOULD try it. i would love to see your version.

  • Reply ashley March 28, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    I love it!! Can’t wait to see the finished project : )

  • Reply sallie oleta barbee March 29, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    This is perfect – I wear scarfs all the time and they are weirdly expensive! I can’t wait to see your handpainting!

    • Reply Kelli Ward April 6, 2012 at 2:28 PM

      so weirdly expensive right? small amount of fabric and small amount of sewing. i don’t get it.

  • Reply Suzanne April 4, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    What a great idea. I’m bookmarking this!

  • Reply mariannasew2pro April 5, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    I love this. The scarf would make a great present and you can customize the print design.

    • Reply Kelli Ward April 6, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      i agree, very easy and a great present.

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