Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tutorial--Five Fat Quarters Scarf--
With beautiful fabrics by Amy Butler, I designed this scarf. It is simple to make.
You will need:
Five different designs of fat quarters (different enough to make the scarf interesting and yet, be color coordinated.)
Thread that matches
Pom-Poms if you prefer
How to make:
1. Cut the fat quarters to 3 1/2" x 13 1/2" strips. You should be able to cut six strips from each fat quarter.
2. Sew the strips together; each row has five different strips. You should lay them out and see how you want them to look before you start sewing. I made the first row, then each row was laid out like the row before, but each strip was shifted one direction. Also, make sure that the same fabrics don't come next to each other.
3. Sew rows 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 in order.
4. With the right sides together, fold the fabric in half, length wise. (basically, between rows 3 and 4). Cut both ends at a 45° angle.
5. Open up the ends and lay the pom-poms in. Fold the fabric as before and use pins to secure the pom-poms in place.
6. Before you start sewing around the edge, change the pressure foot on your sewing machine to the zipper foot, so you can sew the area that has the pom-poms without struggling. Leaving a 5" opening in the middle of the scarf, sew around the edge. Flip the fabric inside out. Iron.
7. Stitch around the edge for a nice finish. (this also helps to secure the fabric and keep its shape for when you decided to wash it.
I am so excited at how it turned out! Because of the color, I think it will go with my jean jacket too. I am sad to see the summer go, but this is a new reason to look forward to the coming season!