Thursday, February 2, 2012

Scarves from a Thrift Store Quilt

I found this fantastic quilt front at a thrift store several years back for a couple bucks. It's all hand-stitched, so I was worried about cutting it and the pieces falling apart. However, after more than four years of it taking up precious fabric space, I decided to do something with it. Since my scarf collection is not nearly big enough I decided to add to the collection! You can do these two simple designs with any material scraps.

The two designs follow the same first steps. The Fringe Scarf uses eight 7" squares, whereas the Knot Scarf uses four 7" squares and four 7"x14" rectangles.

1. Start by sewing your short ends together, creating one long banner of squares/rectangles. Repeat until all your squares have been sewn. 2. Flip over and iron the seams down. 3. With right (long) sides together, sew the edges. Flip right side out.

For the Fringe Scarf

4. Cut several strands of embroidery floss in colors that match (or don't match) your scarf. Mine are about 3 1/2" long. 5. Fold under the end edges and dab with a little fabric tack. 6. Carefully place the fringe onto the glue and press down. Repeat with the other end.

For the Knot Scarf

4. Fold the scarf in half and make a knot about a foot after the fold. 5. Put one end through the loop. 6. Fold in the unfinished ends and sew a zig-zag stitch across the seams.