How to Make an Artful Scarf from Scrapscomments (24) April 30th, 2009
A couple of days ago, a friend was wearing a beautiful scarf that she had gotten from a museum shop. It was a delicate tangle of threads and scraps, and it was very expensive. I started thinking about how I could make something like that for myself (or as a gift for Mom) and discovered that it was easy to do with one very magical supply: water-soluble fabric stabilizer!
For this project, you can use any fabric scrap or ribbons, lace, or doilies. Pretty much anything you can sew through with ease is fair game.
What you'll need:
- One 18-inch x 60-inch piece of water-soluble stabilizer
- Scraps of ribbons and/or fabrics
- Fabric scissors
- Sewing machine and thread in desired colors
1. Lay your piece of stabilizer out flat.
2. Cut up your pieces of ribbon, lace, or fabric into little pieces of various lengths. Mine were 1 inch to 5 inches.
3. Lay out your scraps on one half of the stabilizer (9 inches wide) in a pleasing pattern as desired. They can be scattered and random or orderly.
4. Fold the other half of the stabilizer over the first one. Set your iron to the dry, cotton setting. Place a press cloth over and under the stabilizer and press for 20 seconds to fuse.
5. Start sewing! Set your sewing machine to a straight stitch (make sure you like the bobbin thread color as well as this will show, too!), and start sewing all the way down the length of the scarf from right to left. Make sure to backstitch at the start.
6. When you reach the other end of the scarf, don't end the line but loop slightly and go back up to the top of the scarf in a long line about 1/4 inch away from the first line. To do this, lift the presser foot but not the needle, turn the stabilizer slightly, bring the presser foot back down, and then continue sewing. Continue sewing all the way up and down the scarf without ending the line. Backstitch at the end. Tip: Most sewing machines have a "needle down" position so you don't have to keep manually bringing the needle down while you are sewing. I use that setting for projects like this one!
7. Now you are going to want to sew in the same way across the width of the scarf, back and forth without lifting the needle.
8. If you want to, you can add another color of thread over these stitches or just fill in some spots with the same color thread. It doesn't have to be perfect, just fill in randomly. Also, so that the scarf keeps its shape, sew all the way around the perimeter of the scarf twice, backstitching at both ends.
9. When you are done sewing, soak the whole thing in a bucket or a sink filled with water to dissolve the stabilizer and hang to dry. What is left is a beautiful, delicate "fabric" that is entirely one of a kind. Pretty cool, right? By the way, this would also make a beautiful wall hanging or decorative table runner.
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