Sew a Scarf Nancy Zieman



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.
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Spring Green Scarf Sewing Tips

Fabric requirements:

  • 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.
Cutting directions:
  • 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.


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  • 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.


sew a scarf Nancy Zieman



  • Layout the fabric strips in the following sequence: dark—medium—light—dark. The sequence will cause the colors to gradate after sewing.

sew a scarf Nancy Zieman



  • 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!

sew a scarf Nancy Zieman




sew a scarf Nancy Zieman



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.

Sew a Scarf Nancy Zieman




sew a scarf Nancy Zieman



  • 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.

sew a scarf Nancy Zieman



  • When you’re finished sewing, there will be an opening in the middle of the scarf. Turn the scarf right side out through the opening. Then hand stitch the opening closed.

sew a scarf Nancy Zieman




sew a scarf Nancy Zieman



Sew-A-Scarf Week ideas—so far:

Sew a Scarf by Nancy Zieman

Sew a Scarf by Nancy Zieman

Sew a Scarf Nancy Zieman


sew a scarf Nancy Zieman



This wraps up our Sew-A-Scarf Week. What was your favorite scarf project? Please let me know! For more ideas, check out  Sensational Scarves from Nancy’s Notions.

 


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