How to Make a Cozy Spiral Scarfcomments (13) February 13th, 2009
This spiral scarf is reminiscent of the jabots seen in vintage blouses. I love the technique because it’s so easy yet kind of mysterious. At first glance, it’s hard to figure out how to achieve that cascading effect without stretching and shaping the material. But all you need is a circle of fabric with a hole in the middle—just like a donut. When you open the ring and straighten it out, you get those flouncy ripples. I used fleece to make this cozy scarf, but you could choose any soft fabric. The fleece requires very little finishing, however, so it’s quick and easy to work with and very cozy to wear. I added the yarn embellishment—which I couched on by machine—to dress up my scarf a bit.
You can use this technique to add a ruffle to the neckline of a blouse or the hemline of a skirt as well. Simply adjust the circumference and depth of the circle. Keep in mind, the larger the circumference of the inner circle, the fewer “ripples” you’ll have. So, to get more flounce, cut several circles—as I did for my scarf—and seam them together.
To make a spiral fleece scarf:
1. First, make a paper pattern by folding a sheet of paper into quarters. Draw the outer and inner quarter circles on the paper and cut.
2. Use the paper pattern to cut the desired number of fabric circles. (I used to four to make this scarf.) Note: If you’re seaming the flounce to a hem or neckline, be sure to add a seam allowance to the inner circle. And add a narrow hem allowance to the outer circle.
3. Seam the circles together. Since I used fleece, I butted the edges and zigzagged the sections together, creating a flat, smooth seam.
4. Shape the open ends by trimming to form a point.
5. Lay the yarn on top of the fabric and zigzag stitch in place. A cording foot makes this step so much easier because there is a groove on the bottom of the foot that allows the yarn to pass under smoothly. A cording foot usually has a hole on the top to guide the yarn as well, but the yarn I used had thick and thin sections and was too irregular to slide easily through the hole. I couched yarn to the outer edges of the scarf as well and formed some loops to add interest.