Sunday, November 29, 2009

Scarf Along | Finale

Here we go.
The final six steps to coziness:

1. Squaring up your scarf top.

After piecing together 16 squares, the edges of your long piece are bound to be somewhat jagged. Using your rotary cutter, even the whole thing out the best you can. The width should be uniform, down the entire length. Also, even out the two short sides so that they are nice & perpendicular to the long sides.

2. Piecing together your scarf backing.

First, be sure your reserved backing pieces match the width of your top.
Adjust if necessary.
Now, measure the length of your top. Mine measures 76".

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If you used half yards and/or are using a flannel backing:

Divide total length in half, to get 'x'.
Add 'x' + 3/8", to = 'y'

Cut the length of your two backing pieces to = 'y'.
{example: (76/2) + 3/8" = 38 3/8": length for each piece}

With right sides together, sew raw edges (1/4" seam) at one of the short sides to create one long piece, about the same length as your top.

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If you used FQs:

Divide total length by four, to get 'x'.
Add 'x' + 3/8", to = 'y'
then add 'x' + 3/4", to = 'z'

Cut the length of two of your backing pieces to = 'y'.
Cut the length of the other two pieces to = 'z'.
{example: (76/4) + 3/8" = 19 3/8": length for each END piece;
(76/4) + 3/4" = 19 3/4": length for each MIDDLE piece}

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With right sides together, sew raw edges (1/4" seam) at the short sides to create one long piece, about the same length as your top.
{Remember to keep the slightly shorter pieces at either end, and the longer ones in the middle.}

Press the seams open.

3. Top and Backing become one.

Your backing should be a little longer than the top.
With right sides together, lay the top on the backing. Line up the short ends on one side, and get ready to feed the whole thing through the machine.

Sew along the entire raw edge (1/4" seam) of one long side. Backstitch at the beginning and end. Leaving the short ends open, continue to the other long side, and repeat.

You will have one long tube.

Flip the tube inside out, flatten, and press with your steamy iron.

While sewing, your fabric likely stretched a bit.
If your open sides are uneven, just trim them.

Turn inside each of the open ends 1/2", and press.

4. Ruffle it up.

The last of your reserved pieces are for the ruffled ends.
They should measure 7" by 10.5-10.75".

With right sides together, fold in half lengthwise, so it measures 3.5" by 10.5-10.75".
Stitch along both of the short sides (1/4" seam), leaving the long side- opposite the fold- open.

Flip it right-side-out, poke out the corners, and press.

Now, adjust the tension on your machine for gathering. I use #1, but you may want to experiment if you aren't sure. Basically you want very little to no tension. Your stitch length for gathering should be as long as possible. Mine goes up to #4.

Along the open edge of your ruffle piece, use a straight stitch (1/4" seam) all the way down. Do not backstitch. Leave yourself a nice, long tail of thread on either end.

With one hand, hold one of the threads steady.
With your other hand, gather along the other thread, towards the middle of the fabric. Repeat on the other side until nicely ruffled.

{You'll find that it's easier to pull one thread vs. the other, depending on the machine. Holding onto the bobbin thread works best for me.}

5. Time to topstitch.

Find the center of your scarf, and load it into your machine at that point, top-side-up.
{Return tension and stitch length to normal.}
I usually like to use a 1/8" seam for topstitching.

Start feeding it through down the first long side, backstitching at the beginning.

At about an inch from the short edge, secure the needle down, and lift the presser foot.

Get your ruffles and dingle balls ready.

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Did I say DINGLE BALLS?!

Want to know who's getting a 3 yard pack of pom-pom trim in hot holiday colors, courtesy of
Christopher Pines?

Congrats,
zachandarielle!

Email me your address!

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Okay, ruffles and dingle balls.
They should both measure approximately the same length as the short edge openings (around 4.5").

First stuff in your ruffle, raw edge first, until it's tucked in nicely.
Stuff your pom-poms in right on top.


Put the presser foot back down and carefully stitch until you're 1/8-1/4" inch from the end.

Needle down, pivot the scarf a quarter turn, then slowly sew the open end closed, through all of the layers. Re-stuff as you go.

Once you've reached the end again, pivot another quarter turn, and repeat along all edges of the scarf, until you are back where you first started your topstitching. Backstitch to lock up.

Run that steamy iron over the whole thing.

Snip stray threads.

6. Wear and admire.
{or be nice and give away!}

Thank you for scarfing along with me!
Please let me know if anything needs clarification.
I can't wait to admire your work over at flickr!

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How about one more giveaway?
Would you like a fun & festive little girl's Christmas scarf?
Leave me a comment, telling me what you plan to do with your new handmade scarves!
I'll announce the winner on Friday.

Have a great week!

12 comments:

Kristen said...

I've already worn mine several times! ;) I'd love to win a little girl's scarf for my daughter! :)

Chris and Sarah said...

They are Christmas presents!

Kate said...

i gave one to my mom for christmas & I am giving one to you guys for project water!!!

mysteryhistorymom said...

Oh, I would LOVE one for my little sweetie! She has gone with me to buy my supplies and fabric but I have not had time to start yet! TWo birthday girls in 2 weeks has made my life a little *nuts*- but in a good way! If I can get my scarves done they will be Christmas presents- yipeee!!!! Lori toosillysisters@cox.net

Your scarf is gorgeous!!!

Reynolds11103 said...

Perfect! Thank you for taking the time to do this! I am looking forward to finishing these up! I believe all of my scarves will be gifted for the holidays!! Thanks again!!

julie said...

I am making them for all the women in my life... mom, mil, sister, sil, daughter, niece, grandma, friends. Love them!

Rebecca said...

I am planning on wearing mine=) and the other 2 are for Christmas Gifts!!!! Thank you for the AWESOME step by step instructions!! by the way.... I love your family pictures!! did you sew your skirt?? I would love to know what pattern you used!

TheFancyFritter said...

I plan on putting alot into the first Holiday Market I am doing on Dec. 12 & will give some as gifts! I love the scarf you made! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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Aurora said...

Yay! I'd love to have a little girls scarf...I'm making one for my mom, one for my sister, one for my sister-in-law & one for me! Time to get busy!!! Thanks Heather! :)

Susan said...

I am gonna wear one and give the others as ohhhh so cute presents. Thank you for taking the time to do this.

Karamat said...

Thanks for the instructions. I'll be working on mine next week. One will be for me and another is going to my mom to use when she visits her sister in NH after Christmas.