Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday: scarf

This is my friend Alex...isn't she pretty? Alex and her husband Peter came up to visit this summer. We had a great time seeing them again. It had been wayyy too long. Well, Alex is a fashionista. She has fantastic taste in clothing. I on the other hand do not...I'm a jeans and t-shirt kinda girl...but I do love me a good scarf to dress things up. Well Alex was wearing this scarf when she came up here and I loved it. It has snaps so you can wear it in so many different ways. I asked her where she got it...and of course it was at a store we don't have here...and it was way out of my budget.
What do you think I did?

That's right...I measured her scarf and made my own. For a grand total of $7. 
Anybody else wanna make one? Good...here's how:
You'll need about 2 yards of stretchy-knit fabric. I used a striped jersey. 
Know what is even better? I couldn't find any striped jersey at Joann's here...which is our one fabric store that sells anything besides cotton. I found the exact fabric I needed at none other than...Value Village! This should be no surprise to you at all!
My scarf was 68 inches long. I cut the piece of fabric in half lengthwise...about 32 inches wide.
After you get it the length you want it to be, fold over each end twice and pin in place. I had about 1 inch, folded over twice. 
Sew into place.
You don't need to sew the edges lengthwise. The jersey doesn't fray. Even on Alex's really expensive scarf they weren't finished.
Over lap your two ends, and mark where your snaps are going to be. My snaps are 2 1/2 inches apart.
I used 15 small snaps from Joann's, and I followed the directions of attaching the snaps from the back of the package.
Snaps are actually really easy to use...this was the first time I had used them and it wasn't difficult.
Now if you're thinking that this is too complicated you're wrong. You need to be able to sew in a straight line, measure and yield a hammer. Easy peasy!

You should make one!

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  1. Cute. Do you snap them all shut or leave some open? Was it long enough to wrap around 2X?

    1. YOu can snap them up, do half, or wrap around two times...super versatile scarf!


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