Monday, November 1, 2010

A Handmade Christmas: Day 1 Tutorial with Sew Much Ado

Welcome to Day 1 of  "A Handmade Christmas" series.  14 days with 14 Gift Tutorials.  It is going to be a fun 14 days.  Start spreading the word.  You're not going to want to miss even one of these great tutorials.

Today, we start with the fabulous Abby from Sew Much Ado.    She has an amazing creative talent.  Here blog is a place where you can find lots of tutorials, ideas, and inspiration.  I love her blog.  Today, she is sharing a Ruffled Scarf Tutorial.  So, here is Abby and her great tutorial....
This tutorial will guide you through the steps to make your own ruffly (cause that is a word, spellchecker even said so) jersey knit scarf that will keep you looking cute and staying warm. It has exposed raw edges and is super comfy around your neck. It can easily be completed from start to finish in a couple of hours, even if you are a beginner!
Materials Needed:
2.5 yd jersey knit (14"x84"piece)
*2.5 yd of 60" fabric will make 3 scarves*
Pieces to cut from jersey knit fabric:
Cut 2: 7"x70" pieces for scarf body
Cut 2: 5"x14" pieces for ruffles
*ensure that greatest degree of stretch is along 5" side (width wise) rather than 14" side (lengthwise) for these pieces -- or ruffles will be "flat"*

1. Using a basting stitch (longest stitch length on your machine), stitch down 14" side of one 5"x14" piece, 1/2" from edge. Leave threads at beginning and end of stitch lines long. Stitch again 1" from first stitch line. Continue stitching lines 1" apart across width of fabric. The last stitch line will be 1/2" from edge, just as the first stitch line. You should have stitched 5 lines total.

2. Cut in between each set of two stitch lines, forming 5 strips 1"x14".
3. Pin one strip to right side of one 7"x70" piece as pictured. One end of strip will be along edge of long piece 8" from the bottom, and other end will match up with bottom of long piece.
4. Pin middle of strip 4" from bottom of long piece.
5. Pulling on TOP threads only, gather one end of strip up to the middle pin. Repeat with other end, and tie loose threads of strip to secure gathers. Even out gathers and pin in place.

6. Stitch gathered piece to long piece, following baste stitch line.

7. Repeat steps 4-7 with another strip and opposite edge of long fabric piece. Repeat steps 4-7 again, placing the strip in the middle of the first two gathers. Lastly, repeat steps 4-7 again, placing last two strips in middle of edge and middle gathered strips.

8. Repeat steps 4-8 with other end of long fabric piece.
9. Pin long jersey knit pieces WRONG sides together, matching ends and sides. Raw edges should be visible after two pieces are stitched together.
10. Stitch 1/4" from edge down length of pinned pieces on each side. When stitching near ruffles along sides, lift ruffles to the side and stitch underneath.

11. Stitch 1/4" from edge along ends of pinned pieces, stitching over top of ruffles.
12. Try on your new scarf and go show it off! Great work!
Thank you Abby for this great tutorial.  Check out her blog, Sew Much Ado.  Make sure you come back tomorrow for another new tutorial.  If you want to link up a button to spread the word there is one on my side bar.


Chris said...

Such a sweet and simple scarf. Thanks so much for sharing.

Denise said...

this looks like something even i could sew. darling.

Mormishmom said...

That is super cute! I love the ruffles!

Lelan @ Good Gravy! said...

Oh my gosh. I want one for myself!

AliLilly said...

I LOVE it!! I'm TOTALLY do this one!! :)

★All Thingz Related★ said...

I love this scarf! And such a terrific tutorial!

shel said...

love this scarf! want one for me :)

Melissa said...

Love this tutorial and love the scarf that I am wearing right now, even though it is for my sister for her birthday. ;-) I just finished it and had to try it out. :)

Jami said...

This is beautiful! What a simply beautiful idea!

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