Scarves, scarves, they are everywhere! And I must admit that, these days, I feel a little lost without one bundled snuggly around my neck. It all started when I found a beautiful vintage chiffon scarf at an outdoor flea market on our last day in Kaikoura while on our honeymoon in New Zealand. When I saw the scarf blowing lightly in the cool breeze of the morning, I grabbed that lovely piece of fabric up, paid the lady her price ($1? $2? I can't remember--only that it was worth it!), and wrapped that scarf around my neck. Ever since then, I have been captivated by scarves of all colors, patterns, and fabrics.
I know I'm not the only one. In fact, I think I arrived rather late on this trend. One thing I will say though--despite my love of scarves, I am unwilling to pay the department store prices for them. The scarves I have are all thrifted, gifted, or handmade (i.e. crocheted, as shown here).
Really, few things are simpler than making a scarf. It is a rectangle that, if needed, is hemmed on all four sides. This is the case for the beautiful floral chiffon scarf I am showing you here today. I found this fabric in the remnants pile at Joann's Fabrics and quickly scooped that baby up. This wasn't the only awesome fabric find that day, but more on that later...
I had 1/2 yd cut from the fabric for use in making the scarf. Although, you really only need 1/4 - 3/8 yd I would say. Also, I think it is worth noting that when I was having this fabric cut, an older woman (70's or so? I'm horrible with ages) behind me in line was quick to swoop in and pick up the remaining amount of the remnant left. She wanted to do so with another floral fabric I had as well, but I ended up taking all the remaining yardage. Muahaha.... Regardless, this provided concrete evidence for something I have supposed for some time: I have the fabric tastes of an older woman.... Classic, I say!
Regardless, on to making the scarf. It really is just as simple as hemming all four edges. For this delicate chiffon fabric, I starched the heck out of the edges of my fabric, then folded over and lightly pressed the fabric edges twice so that my raw edges were hidden in the hem.
|Starch the fabric to make it sturdier for hemming.|
|Make a hem by folding over and pressing twice.|
With a fabric as delicate as chiffon, you'll want to be extra careful not to lose your fabric edges under your presser foot. I was a little nervous at the start, but really the only semi-difficult sections were the corners. Starch them up, and you should be good do go. You could also do a rolled hem, which might allow you to have an even neater edge, but apparently I have zero patience when sewing, and the way I did it was just easier for me. If I had a rolled-hem foot for my sewing machine, maybe I would have been convinced.
Alas, I'm just blabbering on because I feel like I ought to be telling you something more for this to be a quasi-tutorial. BUT.... that's really pretty much it. Go enjoy your lovely new scarf! I tie the opposite ends of my scarf together to create sort of an infinite scarf, and wrap 2 or 3 times around my neck. It's that simple! Just as an FYI, If you use a knit fabric for your scarf making, things are even easier. You literally have the fabric cut to 1/4, 3/8, or 1/2 yard in store, and call it good. That stuff ain't gonna fray; You have a scarf the minute you walk out that door!
Okay, okay. I hope I've sufficiently convinced you to make your own scarves instead of buying. Now, anyone else have any tips or tricks to share regarding the wonderful world of scarves? If so, please let me know! I'd love to hear from you!
Until next time!