Like many of the 20-something American women out there, I have a disease called ‘I Can Make That’-tis. Even though my skill sets may be nowhere in the same ballpark as what’s needed to make something I can more-easily buy… I would much rather make it. It REALLY becomes a problem when I see a high-end item, or a runway trend, and the wheels begin turning in my head. That’s where The DIY Files come to the rescue.
Hot Glue crisis… AVERTED!
With the further drop in temperatures in Houston over the last few days, it became apparent that I really needed to move on from my long, skinny scarves to something with more punch and more mass. One random trip to Joann’s later, and this blush lacework fabric (with stretch!) called to me. PERFECT for this project!
Things you’ll need:
- 1.5 to 2 yards of medium-weight fabric.
- ruler or a sturdy item with a straight edge
- about 30 minutes or so
1. Before purchasing/acquiring the appropriate length of fabric, I recommend measuring the length of your arm-span from finger tip-to-finger tip ahead of time. This way, you can have the fabric cut in yardage, but then the excess can be trimmed off.
2. Fold the fabric lengthwise, with the cut edges lining up.
3. Place the straight-edge item or ruler along the cut edge of the fabric — most likely, the edge will NOT be even along the entire side.
4. Slowly, snip off the excess fabric and try to maintain as straight an edge as possible.
5. Open the fabric up fully, and lay it out with a finished side edge on your left, and one of the cut edges at the bottom.
6. Taking the straight-edge item or ruler, line it up along the finished edge, and determine how far from the finished edge you want to cut. This particular fabric pattern has open stitches running about 1/4 of an inch from the edge, so I chose to cut at that point. This will end up giving me a raw “unfinished” edge on each side of the scarf to match the cut ends.
7. Again, taking your time, cut off the finished piece(s) while keeping the side even and as straight as possible.
8. As you cut along the edge, pull the excess trim away from the main fabric piece.
9. The open stitches should resemble a raw “frayed” edge.
10. Take a bit of the fabric and begin to stretch it back and forth slowly, loosening the fibers to increase movement.
11. The cut edge (horizontal to the fiber weave) may begin rolling — go with it!
…and now, a few ways to throw it on…
With the holiday season coming through like a wrecking ball, you can easily make scarves to gift in as much time as a F.R.I.E.N.D.S. episode.
Or, make a few for yourself… one can’t have too many blankets OR scarves.