Over the years, I’ve recorded at least six programs on sewing scarves. Going through the Sewing With Nancy archives and revisiting those techniques reminded me that most scarf styles are timeless. Today I spotlight the second episode of my Favorite Scarves to Sew, where you’ll see videos from the past, showcasing scarf techniques that have stood the test of time.
Loop & Tuck Scarf
Whether you’re a newcomer or seasoned viewer of Sewing With Nancy, I’m certain that I have a scarf style that will pique your interest. Let’s start with the Loop & Tuck Scarf. With only a yard of fabric and a little sewing time, you can easily create an accessory that always stays in place. The essential ingredient can be found in the way the pattern is designed; there will be no slipping or sliding of the scarf once it’s looped and tucked!
Different fabrics, different looks—that statement couldn’t be more obvious when looking at these two scarf options. Even though the same pattern was used, the edge finish plus the fabric choice change this scarf from elegant to casual. It’s called an S-Curve Scarf. The scarf pattern pieces resemble two large donut shapes—it must seem odd, but the results are anything but! Wonder how it’s made—just watch. I think you’ll be surprised!
Knot Your Average Scarf
If you’ve been itching to sew, but hesitate because you don’t think you have the time, make a “Knot Your Average Scarf.” In fact, this scarf can be made in a little over an hour.
Featured is a knit version of the scarf in two coordinating colors—you could also select woven fabrics if you’d like. The first step is to sew tubes, and I’ll show you how to create the knot. Then, a little more sewing and presto, a completed scarf. It’s creativity with instant success!
If I owned a convertible, I’d choose a hot pink number, buy a big floppy hat, and wear this scarf cavalierly around my neck! Since a new car isn’t in my future—especially a convertible, I’ll wear this scarf while driving my mini van. If you’re in need of a mental getaway, choose a pretty print organza, a coordinating solid, and a touch of ribbon. This easy-to-sew scarf has daydreaming possibilities.
Double De-Lite Scarf
If you own a serger, the Double De-Lite Scarf is for you. Choose two compatible lightweight fabrics such as organza or organdy, cut bias strips, serge the edges, and after stacking and sewing the layers together, you’ll find that you’ve created a flowing, graceful neck wrap.
Make it long as featured, or shortened as your taste guides you—you’re the designer, so make it your own. The sewing and serging processes are extremely enjoyable and the finished scarf creates a stunning frame for your face.
When my creative time is limited and I need a sewing fix, I often grab a yard of fun fabric, set my machine to a straight stitch, and choose a scarf option to sew. My goal in presenting clips from previous Sewing With Nancy programs showcasing scarves, was to tell the story that the techniques of sewing scarves are almost timeless yet fulfill our need to be creative.
With instructions for over 40 different scarf variations, find the design that is perfect for your wardrobe. Fleece, rayon batiks, interlock knits, jersey, and homespun—these fabrics, plus many more, are candidates for your next scarf creation. Scarves can be created with a minimum of time and monetary investment. The best part is turning a rectangle of fabric into a fashionable accessory!
Here’s a sample of what you’ll find in the Favorite Scarves to Sew book:
- Infinity Scarf
- Cowl Infinity Scarf
- Fleece Scarf
- Chenille Scarf
- Ribbon Scarf
- Big Pocket Scarf
- Shirred Scarf
- Bejeweled Scarf
- Pendant Scarf
- Embroidered Scarf
- Spiral Scarf
- Lettuce-Edge S-Curve Scarf
- Two-Toned Scarf
- Ruffled Scarf
- Fringed Scarf
Watch Favorite Scarves to Sew (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.
For a chance to win a copy of the book, Sewing With Nancy’s Favorite Scarves to Sew from Nancy’s Notions, let us know what scarf you’re planning to sew and freshen up your fall wardrobe.
Bye for now,