Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

Here’s a sewing project to keep you warm this winter…

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Do you remember my Winter Woollies Recycling Post about cutting up a jumper-dress, from FF2012? And then my Woolly Winter Wreath Post from FF2013, using up the same material?

I wanted to see if I could get another project out of the material I had left:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s how to put the scarf together…

Step 1: Cut a piece of stretch-woollen fabric to approx 19 x 24″. Mine has a curve in it because I followed the dress shape – I cut either side of the existing seams so I didn’t have to worry about the material unravelling:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

If you don’t have existing seam like this you’ll need to finish your edges with a zig-zag stitch, or a fray-stop glue.

Step 2: Fold the material in half along the long centre line, with the right-sides facing each other. Pin together so the seams meet along the top, and sew them together:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Turn it the right way out again. Pin the short ends together and sew a zig-zag stitch along them to stop the material fraying. This gave my scarf a ruffled edge:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

It looked quite pretty, so if my material had been long enough I could have left it like that. Unfortunately it was only 9 x 23″, which doesn’t make a very long scarf:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: To elongate your scarf, cut four 12 x 12″ squares of material, two each of contrasting colours:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Sew a zig-zag stitch all around the outside borders of these, to stop it fraying (or use a fray-stop glue):

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Sew the floral squares 6″ down on the geometric squares, so the floral bit is at the back of the geometric bit:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Sew a loose running stitch along the top edge of the geometric material, and gather it, so the top edge of this is the same length as the end of the woollen scarf piece:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Sew the geometric pieces to both ends of the woollen piece. Then your scarf is finished:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Wear it on winter days!

Be Inspired:

Use contrasting patterns next to each other (eg geometric and floral)

Ruffle something up

Make a project longer, eg create a double-page layout or make a card taller with an add-on piece

Do you have a selection of long scarves to keep you warm in the winter?

I’ll see you again in 60 minutes!

Jennifer x

15 Comments
  • Jackie Edwards
    Reply

    I just love the stuff you come up with Jennifer!!!!!!!!! You are always thinking outside the box!!! Only thing is I have enough scarves at the moment!!

    November 9, 2014 at 4:21 pm
  • I always wear a scarf on Sunday mornings – couldn’t do without one. This is a great idea x

    November 9, 2014 at 4:23 pm
  • You dabble in pretty much everything, don’t you?!! I don’t wear scarves, but this is a fun idea. My takeaway might be combining plaids and florals on a card. Thanks for the idea!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

    November 9, 2014 at 4:35 pm
  • I really should use my sewing machine for more than just scrapbooking! 😀

    November 9, 2014 at 5:32 pm
  • your upcycling/recycling is fab! I don’t sew but enjoy seeing what you have been up to

    November 9, 2014 at 5:45 pm
  • What a great idea! Don’t think I’ll be having a go at this one though as I really don’t like sewing!

    November 9, 2014 at 7:10 pm
  • kae
    Reply

    You are so very clever. I must give this a try. Thank you for all you have shared in this series.

    November 9, 2014 at 7:29 pm
  • Already have a page in mind! Thx for the inspiration.

    November 9, 2014 at 8:02 pm
  • Oh my gosh I do have a selection… I need warmth around my next (same goes for polar neck jumpers!) Love my scarves! What a great idea with your tutorial – love that you are recycling especially if you have a worn out much loved garment! Love this!

    November 9, 2014 at 8:39 pm
  • such a cool idea! one can never have too many scarves right?

    November 9, 2014 at 9:29 pm
  • Great use for an old woolie.

    November 9, 2014 at 9:59 pm
  • Jean Bullock
    Reply

    Fun idea. Doesn’t get cold enough out here to wear scarves.

    November 9, 2014 at 10:07 pm
  • Fun. I have a mustard coloured scarf that is about 8 feet long – it’s so cosy and snug

    November 10, 2014 at 1:13 pm
  • Sue D
    Reply

    Great use for scraps.

    November 11, 2014 at 7:14 pm
  • A great idea. Have a couple of winter scarves but hardly ever use them.

    November 15, 2014 at 12:52 am

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