Sensational ScravesLong or short, scarves are fashion statements that are as enjoyable to create as they are to wear. Use lightweight woven or knit fabric and with a few sewing tips, you’ll be creating Sensational Scarves. Donna Fenske, one of the ace Sewing With Nancy designers was my guest during the 2-part TV series to share our favorite scarf creations.

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The scarf that I’d like to showcase, is the Spiral Scarf. It’s amazing how it goes together, plus you can sew it in 20 minutes!

Start with a rectangle of long fabric. As you’ll learn during the TV show and in the book, the width of the fabric must be divisible by the length! Sound confusing? Here’s a guideline. Start with a width of 10″ and a length of 90″. Or, try an 8″ width and a 72″ length. See, it’s not that difficult. By the way, when the scarf is sewn, the width and length will reduce by 1/3, so start with a longer and wider piece. Using a little sewing savvy, a long strip of fabric turns into a totally bias scarf.

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Normally, I’d take photos of each step of the way. Truth be told, it’s SO much easier to watch the technique than to look at the still photos. So, click and watch the first show of the two-part series online! Or, watch on PBS or on DVD.

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Donna and I showcase 13 other scarf techniques during the 2-part series. All the instructions, including this amazing scarf is in the book, Sensational Scarves.

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Attention Serger Owners—there’s more!

You can create this same scarf in even less time using an overlock stitch on your serger! This video gives the details! The same measurements apply with a slightly different technique, resulting in exposed seams. How fun is that!

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Delightful Dresden Applique

Over the past two weeks, I asked you to post which of the 11 Dresden Designs was your favorite. The random winner of a copy of Delightful Dresden Appliqués book is: Arlinda Atwood. I like all but especially the 11-pines quilt…so many possibilities and elegant just as demo’d. Also, from the peacock idea, I can see place mats (made like a half circle) done like a sun with the center circle as a face.

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