How to Compose a Beautiful Scarf from Scrapscomments (21) November 7th, 2008
It’s so much fun to combine beautiful fabrics. And sometimes it’s hard to throw away even the tiniest scrap. Here’s a way to use lots of small pieces to build a seamless scarf—or consider using a section of these "floating" scraps as an inset on a garment.
Here's what you'll need:
- Enough compatible fabric pieces to complete the size of the project and some bits and pieces of yarn, cord, ribbon, or other fibers (Note: For a scarf, choose fabrics that are soft, lightweight, and not abrasive. I chose silk scraps for my scarf, but lightweight wool, rayon, or poly would work well, too.)
- Thread for sewing it all together (once again, I use blendable/variegated thread)
- Pinking shears or a pinking blade for a rotary cutter
- A roll of water-soluble stabilizer like one from the Solvy line by Sulky; AquaFilm from OESD; or dSV by Hoop-it-All to name a few. (Note: Always make a test piece with some of the fabric, yarn, and stabilizer to judge how quickly the stabilizer will dissolve and to check how the fabrics and thread hold together.)
To make a scarf:
1. Determine the size you want and cut two sheets of the water-soluble stabilizer to those dimensions.
2. Cut enough fabric strips or other shapes to cover one sheet. Use pinking shears or a rotary blade to prevent the fabric from fraying too much. Layer the fabric on the stabilizer.
3. Add the yarn and ribbon.
4. Place the second piece of stabilizer on top to create a sandwich, then pin to hold everything together.
5. Machine-stitch through the layers in a pattern of your choice, making sure that you sew through all the fabrics to connect them. Roll up the ends of the scarf to keep the fabrics from falling out of the sandwich and to help them fit through the arm of the machine.
6. Rinse the stitched scarf to remove the stabilizer according to the manufacturer's directions, usually warm water. You may need to rinse several times to remove all the residue.
7. Let the piece dry. Press. Go back and add more yarn to fill in large gaps if necessary.
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