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Super-Quick Cascading Scarf

If you’re a Sewing With Nancy viewer, you know that scarves are not a new sewing topic for me. Last season during our mini-series on “Sensational Scarves,” I detailed the Cascading Scarf, an 18″ wide scarf with a casing and elastic added to the center of the scarf . Here’s a variation on the theme where the scarf is finished with a serged edge and the cascading is created with a unique elastic technique.


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  • Instead of making this version 18″ wide, the width is much narrower. Cut two crosswise strips of fabric 7″ wide and seam the short ends. If the length is longer than 90″, trim off the excess.


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  • Select a rolled edge stitch on your serger. Test the stitching and adjust the stitch length if necessary. If you don’t have a serger, turn under the edges as detailed in the book.


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  • Place a tiny drop of a seam sealant at the corners. After drying, clip off the excess thread tails.


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  • Press mark the center. Fold the long edges in half, then press.
  • Use 1/4″ wide elastic or cut Fantastic Elastic (yes you can cut this elastic) to 1/4″ wide. The length of the elastic needed is half the length of the scarf, plus 5″.
  • Measure down 2-1/2″ from each end of the elastic. Pin the elastic to the top and bottom of the scarf, the extra 2-1/2″ should extend beyond the scarf—it serves as a handle, something to grasp onto while stretching and stitching.
  • Stretch the elastic to meet the fabric, centering the elastic over the press mark.


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  • Set your machine for a wide zigzag and stitch over the elastic.


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  • When finished, reinforce the stitching at each end of the scarf and clip off the excess elastic. You’re finished.
  • Enjoy!


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Sew-A-Scarf Week ideas—so far:


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Tomorrow, watch for another scarf inspiration.

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