Monday, November 23, 2009

Scarf Along | Week Two, part I

Welcome inside my 5'x5' cubicle of a craft room!

I spend lots of time in here. Ready to join me?

Today I will show you how to cut your fabric and assemble the scarf tops.

Scroll down to the bottom of the post. You'll find two sets of graphs. One for making 2 scarves out of 9 FQs, and another for using flannel as your backing, to make 3 scarves.
Study the graphs, then come back up to the main instructions and adapt accordingly.

Here we go! The following graph shows how each half yard will be divided. (Each square = 1 inch.) Half yards should measure about 18" (length) by 44" (width). Notice the graph indicates 16" by 42". Yes, I took an inch off each side to allow for discrepancies. You'll want to start with a nice, even, square piece of fabric. So start by evening out your edges! Go!

Now... Each number represents a cut that you'll make, in order.

Time to cut!

For cut #1, fold your fabric in half very evenly to cut along the entire width, 5.25 inches from the right edge. You'll end up with a strip 5.25" x 42". Set it aside.

For cut#2, rotate the remaining piece so that the 10.75" side is on the right. Cut 7 inches from the right edge, creating a 7" x 10.75" piece. Set it aside.

Which leaves you with a piece 10.75" x 35". Fold in half, making it 10.75" x 17.5". Starting with the long side on the right, cut a strip 1.75 inches from the edge. Repeat 5 times. Now you should have six 1.75" x 35" strips. Set them aside. Discard the 1/4" piece leftover.

Are you with me?

Repeat the whole process with the other 5 half yards.

Today we will just be dealing with the 1.75" x 35" strips. There should be 36 of them.
The other cuts are for the backing and ruffles. Put them somewhere safe & sound. Don't let your 2-year-old "helper" cut them into tiny pieces.

Now, mix up your 36 strips. In random order, you need to create 9 groups of four strips each. No group should contain two of the same fabric print!

Time to sew!

One group at a time, lay out your four strips (long) side-by-(long) side.
Take the first two strips and pin right sides together. Sew along the long edge, making a 1/4" seam.

Open, and pin the third strip to the second strip, right sides together. Sew.
Open, and pin the fourth strip to the third strip, right sides together. Sew.

Now your first group of four strips is all sewn together!

Repeat with the other eight groups of four.

Still with me?

Time to press!

Your iron must be hot & steamy.
Place your first piece of four-sewn-strips right side down on the ironing board (I use the floor). With seams facing away from you, steam as you ever-so-gently tug upward, pressing the seams sideways (not open). Do this as evenly as possible, or else your widths will not be consistent.
Flip over and press again with the right side up.

Repeat with the other eight.

Now your nine pieces should look like this:

Everyone's seam-sewing and ironing will be different, yielding different final widths. Mine is 5.25". Since we cut the backing piece 5.25", it shouldn't be wider than that. But if your pieces measure narrower, pay special attention.

Back to the cutting mat!

You will now turn the long pieces into squares by cutting along the length, using the same measurement as the width.
Since mine measure 5.25" wide, I will also cut them 5.25" long.
Got it? Make them square! If yours are only 5" wide, cut them 5" long as well!

Starting at the short end (make a clean cut first, as small as you can), cut your squares.
You should get 6 squares out of each piece.

9 pieces times 6 squares = a total of 54 squares!

We will use 16 squares per scarf.

Randomly make 3 groups of 16 squares each.

(You'll have 6 left over to use as you please! You can't make the scarves longer, though, because the backing will only accommodate 16 squares worth of length.)

One group at a time, lay out the 16 squares, side-by-side, seams running in opposite directions!
The seams in square one should go west to east, the seams in square two should go north to south, and so on... back and forth...

Back to the sewing machine!

Now, just as you lined up the strips right sides together earlier, pin your squares right sides together, then sew your whole row of 16, one at a time, with a 1/4" seam.
Double check that the seams are in opposite directions as you pin!

Because your seams are running in opposite directions, pay careful attention as you feed the squares under the presser foot. If you don't check that the underlying seams are laying flat as you run them through, you will end up with twisted seams, which makes for a bumpy scarf. So feed carefully!

Back to the ironing board (/floor)!

This time, you'll press your new seams open, rather than sideways.

Flip & re-press.
Repeat with all three scarf tops.

You did it!

You deserve a giveaway!

I hope you all hopped over to my favorite trim shop on Etsy, Christopher Pines last week!
Well, the very generous shop owner, Lesley, has offered a 3-yard sample pack of pom-pom trim in bright holiday colors to one lucky scarf-alonger!
You just need to leave a comment before tomorrow at midnight, pacific time, to be entered!
Thank you, Lesley!

Next up is the backing & ruffles...
stay tuned this week!

Don't forget to show off your progress over at the Scarf Along Flickr group

{The following is only for those using nine fat quarters...}

(for 2 scarves)

Red numbers indicate cuts for the backing pieces, and green numbers indicate cuts for the ruffle pieces.

Cut four FQ's like this:
and four more like this:
and the last one like this:
Follow the instructions, above, adapting to these cuts.
Again, I took an inch off each side to start.

There will be a few differences:

When you group together the 1.75" strips, first group according to 13" or 20" length.
You'll make 6 groups of four 13" strips, and 8 groups of four 20" strips.

Once sewn, cut your 13" pieces into 2 squares, and your 20" pieces into 3 squares.
You should end up with a total of 36 squares.
Using 16 squares for each of two scarves, you'll have 4 squares leftover.

(for 3 scarves, using an additional yard of flannel for backing)

Red indicates cuts for the backing pieces, and green indicates cuts for the ruffle pieces.

cut six FQs like this:
and the other three like this:
Again, I took an inch off each side to start.
Follow the instructions above, adapting to these cuts.

There will be a few differences:

When you group together the 1.75" strips, first group according to 13" or 20" length.
You'll make 9 groups of four 13" strips, and 10 groups of four 20" strips (with 2 leftover).

Once sewn, cut your 13" pieces into 2 squares, and your 20" pieces into 3 squares.
You should end up with a total of 48 squares.

16 squares each for 3 scarves!


Reeves Cannon said...

thanks for trying.... looking forward to this!!!

Shannon said...

I'm new to your blog, but I'm here and excited to get started! Looks like fun - I'll keep checking back!

Kristen said...

Can't wait! I've checked your blog all day hoping to do some cutting! ;)

Pandora31 said...

I've been dying for the next step!(Even though I still haven't bought fabric!!) Some free trim would be a great start.... *big goofy smile*

Karamat said...

I've got my fabric and ready to start cutting. I need a gift for an upcoming birthday - maybe I'll be able to finish this for her.

Heather :: Angel Face Designs :: said...

Um, so I was thinking I'd attempt this but after reading through I think not! Wowza!! I did like looking at all of the pretty pictures, though!

PS - I'll need your expertise soon...I was trying to sew on Friday night and did something and now my sewing machine won't sew and there are like 3 different strings coming up from the bottom thread. Eek!

L. Shanna said...

Heather, you are amazing. Are you taking requests for blog topics? If so, I would like step-by-step instructions (from YOU!) on how to hem a pair of pants. You make it seem easy :)

Carrie said...

I'm excited to start! Now, what do I do with my four year old and 9 month old, so I can sew uninterrupted? Hmmmm. :)

zachandarielle said...

I bought my trim from them last week and was so pleased with the speedy delivery- can't wait to add it to the scarf! I'm looking forward to part two- I've been dying to learn how to sew a ruffle. Thanks so much for the instructions- can't wait to get started!

Aurora said...

yippee!! Can't wait to get started! Thanks Heather for the instructions...and the giveaway! I hope I win...I can always use more dingle-balls {that reminds me of DLI!}

Debbie said...

I am so thankful to have found Cookie Mondays..Ice Cream Sundays and Joys Hope! You ladies rock! Enjoying the scarf along projects very much~and appreciate the Christopher Pine trim give away, thank you! I have my fingers & toes crossed :)

julie said...

I am going to go buy my fabric today!!! Can't wait!

Reynolds11103 said...

Gorgeous! I love that fabric! I am excited to start cutting mine!!!

Jordan said...

Woo hoo! I will be cutting tonight! I can't wait! I am hoping this preps me for making a quilt! More poms would be hobby lobby only had 4 boring colors! :(

SGreen said...

Yea!! I can't wait to start!! Thank you so much for doing the tutorial!!

Laura said...

WOW. I am totally overwhelmed. Of course, I have yet to buy my fabric....

Kate said...

so cute!!! love how this one is assembled!

Tegan and Tage said...

Is that a new Sara + Abraham oliographic card of the kids I see there in your craft room? Cute!

Nicole M said...

oh how fun!! i love the scarf already. and i wouldnt mind me some holiday pom poms to go with my holiday mood!! thanks Heather!

Kelly O. said...

I like your cutting diagram! made it sew easy ;)

Rebecca said...

YEAH!!!! soo excited about making this scarf and what a great giveaway!!! my fabric is ordered- I am just waiting on it to arrive so I can "catch up"!!!! would love to win some free pom-poms!! thanks

Samantha said...

Lovin' the scarfalong!!!! So excited to actually be sewing something! :)

Mimi said...

Would love to get some trim to add to
these scarves I am making for Christmas gifts

Dawn said...

Cute! Good instructions. Although, the seams intimidate me -- and keeping them consistent REALLY intimidates me!

I love the trim shop -- I might need to treat myself. :)

Catherine said...

I love pom poms!!!

And ruffles sound wonderful. :)

Thank you for the clear instructions.

Stephanie said...

What a fun giveaway! I'm so excited to get started on my scarf!