This scarf feature is a variation of the Spiral Scarf that I demonstrated on Sewing With Nancy. Most readers/viewers are extremely intrigued with this technique. What begins as crosswise fabric strips, ends up in a completely bias scarf. Curious?
My first recommendation is for you to watch or read the original scarf instructions. The book is Sensational Scarves and it features a total of 14 scarf options. You can watch the TV show online. Side note, there are 52 Sewing With Nancy programs online that you can watch anytime of day at your convenience. I digress.
Spring Green Scarf Sewing Tips
- We chose three shades of lightweight green fabric. (Of course, you may select any color range or color combos.)
- Light and dark fabrics: Purchase 1/4 yd. of 60″ wide fabrics.
- Medium fabric: Purchase 1/2 yd. of 60″ wide fabric.
- Cut two 3-1/2″ wide crosswise strips of the light and dark fabrics.
- Cut four 3-1/2″ wide crosswise strips of the medium fabric.
- Stitch or serge two strips of the same fabrics together, creating a long 120″ length. You’ll have four strips: one each of the light and dark fabrics and two of the medium fabrics.
- Layout the fabric strips in the following sequence: dark—medium—light—dark. The sequence will cause the colors to gradate after sewing.
- Rotate every other strip before seaming, staggering the seams at either end of the scarf. Serge or stitch the strips together. Note: if you’re serging the seams, pin parallel to the edge of the fabric to avoid serging over a pin. Oops!
Cut the fabric to a specific length.
- In order to achieve the spiral effect, the fabric rectangle must be a specific length. As I tell my TV audience, the length must be divisible by the width. (If your forehead is wrinkled, relax, I’ll give you an ideal size.)
- Cut the length to 84″ x 12″. If the width is wider than 12″, trim.
- Did you watch the video? If not, now’s the time to watch the segment on the spiral scarf. It’s easier to watch me demonstrate the technique than to show it in photographs!
- If your fabric is lightweight, use an anchor cloth which is merely a scrap of fabric. Start sewing on the anchor cloth then proceed to stitch the scarf fabric. After completing the seam, clip off the anchor cloth.