Small Sewn Gift Scarf
Light Weight Scarf
A Light Weight Scarf is the first project on the Small Sewn Gifts Sew Along. It is super easy to make and, like all the projects in the sew along, makes up in about 20-30 minutes.
The scarf is basically a big loop. It isn’t intended to wrap twice like that infinity scarf and I’ll tell you why – fabric buying requirements.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1/3 yard of light weight apparel fabric (54-60″ wide)
That’s it. Working with the wider fabric will give you the length you need to wear a big loop or a scarf with a knot (first picture).
My fabric is light weight and would be see-through if it were made into a skirt. It isn’t “sheer” though. I don’t know if you can really see the drape in the next picture, but I’ll show you anyway.
NOTE: If you’d like a longer lightweight scarf, that does wrap twice like the infinity scarf, simply buy 2 yards of fabric and cut your 10″ scarf width parallel to the selvedge edge.
Let me show you how I made it.
First up, cut your fabric to 10″. The piece will measure 10″ x 60″. Even thought the scarf supplies asks you to buy 1/3 yard (12″) I like to cut it down to make sure the edges are squared up and not askew as it is often cut off the bolt. (Yes, I did have a bit more on hand.)
Next up, using your sewing machine’s Rolled Hem Foot, stitch a narrow rolled hem along the longest cut edges.
Once the hem is on both sides of the scarf, apply a French Seam to the end. I picked these finishing techniques because they can be used on any light weight fabrics, such as organzas or chiffons, should you want your scarf to be REALLY light weight.
Here’s the French Seam in 3 Easy Steps.
1. Sew WRONG sides together at the 10″ long selvedge ends:
2. Remove the seam allowance (selvedge edge) 1/8″ past the stitching line.
3. Sew with Right Sides Together. This stitching line will conceal that small 1/8″ seam. Hopefully, you can see it in the second picture.
Ok, that’s all. Two rolled hems and a french seam. Trying new things. Testing quick projects. Using cool fabrics.
You know another thing I really like about this particular tutorial? You always see those cut remnants at Joanns. They may be drapery sheers. They may be light apparel fabrics. In both cases, what are you going to do with just 1/3 a yard? Well, good news- make a scarf!
Let the scarf hang loose and casual, as shown in the second picture – at the top, or tie a simple knot in it to give it a more professional look.
This project is part of the Small Sewn Gift Sew Along.
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