Traveling through the Minneapolis airport, I spotted a wool, shirred scarf displayed on a mannequin. I had to stop to check it out. Flipping the fabric, I found the secret to the shirring—three rows of elastic. Seeing the price, $45, I decided that there was fabric and elastic in my stash just right for the project. In fact, I have enough fabric to make, hmm, six scarves! My sister and niece are going to receive two of these scarves. Is there someone on your gift list who is a scarf fashionestia?
1/2 yard of fabric (either 42″ or 60″ wide) that easily ravels. (I chose a 58-60″ wide wool/acrylic blend; price of $9.00/yard. Two scarves can be made from 3/4 yard of fabric.)
One package of Fantastic Elastic or 1/4″ elastic
- Cut 9″ two crosswise strips of fabric. If the fabric is 58-60″ wide, cut the second strip in half, creating two pieces 9″ x 30″.
- Seam pieces together, creating an approximate 90″ length.
- Fringe 2-1/2″ at each end.
- Serge or zigzag the long edges.
- Turn edges under; edge stitch.
- Fold the scarf in half and then in half again. Place pins at quarter-mark fold. On wrong side, draw a line at each quarter mark.
- Cut three 60″ lengths of 1/4″ wide elastic.
Note from Nancy— I used Fantastic Elastic, the elastic that can be cut narrower without fraying.
- Measure in 3″ from each end of the elastic; then quarter mark each length.
- At the center of the scarf, pin one length of elastic to the wrong side, matching quarter marks and the center. Three inches of elastic will extend at each end of the scarf. These elastic tails will be a helpful anchor when stitching.
- Set machine at a zigzag stitch: long length and long width.
- Stretch the elastic to meet the scarf. At the beginning and ending of the stitching, use the elastic tails to pull the elastic taut. Zigzag over the elastic.
- Repeat the process, stitching the other two elastic lengths along the sides of the scarf.
Note from Nancy—Be certain to securely stitch the elastic to the scarf at each end.
- Clip off the excess elastic.
There are more scarf ideas in Sensational Scarves, a Book/DVD combo that Donna Fenske and I presented on Sewing With Nancy last season. Watch 52 of the most current Sewing With Nancy episodes online or on Public TV.
This is a great gift, right?
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