Monday, December 5, 2011

Up Next -- Fabric Scarves

Not having had enough fun with the fabric necklaces, I moved on to fabric scarves. The techniques are similar but the strips are joined to make them twice as long. You will need a fabric that looks good on both sides, a serger and thread. I added a few gold beads. Here are the step-by-the instructions.

1. Press your fabric using a little starch if necessary to give it some body. I used a Princess Mirah hand-dyed rayon.

2. Fold the fabric in half, on the lengthwise grain, selvedge to selvedge.

3. With a quilter's ruler, cut 12 one-inch strips of fabric on the cross grain.

4. Set up your serger following your manual for a three thread rolled hem. Test on scraps until you are happy with the results. I used serger thread in the needle and lower looper and two strands of variegated poly embroidery thread in the upper looper.

5.  Serge a chain about four inches long and then begin to serge the first side of one strip.

6. Continue serging the edge until you are about 1-1/2 inches from the end. Take another strip and lay it on top of the first strip overlapping about one inch. Continue to serge being careful to catch both edges of these strips. This is how you join two 45" strips together to make one long strip.

7. Continue serging along the edge until you reach the end of the second strip. Chain off a tail of about eight inches and cut in the middle so that you have a four inch chain on the end of the strip and a four inch chain to start the next edge. This is how you make the fringe.

8. Turn the long strip around and holding the serger chain to the back of the presser foot, start to serge the second side of the strip. Keep the rolled hem edge of the first side of the strip against but not under the presser foot.

9. Continue to serge along the second side of the long strip, ensuring that the rolled hem edge of the first side is just to the left of the presser foot. By doing this you ensure each strip is exactly the same width.

10. When you get to the overlap ends of the two shorter strips, be sure the edges are lined up and the overlap is flat. Then continue serging.

11. When you get to the end of the second side, chain off about eight inches and cut in the middle as before.

12. Repeat this process for the remaining strips. You will have six long strips.

13. Take two long strips and knot them together in the middle (at the overlap) using an overhand knot. Tighten. Repeat with remaining strips so that you have three sets of two knotted together.

14. Lay all tied strip parallel to each other and mark off six inches to either side of the middle knots. Take two strips adjacent to each other and tie them.

15. Repeat 14 one more time. Don't worry if the knots are not evenly spaced as you can adjust them later.

16. Take the scarf to a mannequin and hang around its neck. I find it easier to continue the knotting on the mannequin rather than on a flat table. Continue knotting in this manner leaving about 16 inches of unknotted strips at each end. If you don't have a mannequin use a human or a hanger.

17. I added beads to half of the strip ends. Knot the ends, trim the chains. and admire your work.

You can wear it as a belt.

You can wear it with one end tossed over your shoulder.

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