For part of my boyfriend’s Christmas present I made him this scarf. Since he lives 3,000 miles away I thought it would be a sweet idea if he could ‘carry my heart with him’ so I sewed a small heart into the inside of it :). This is a fairly easy project, definitely doable for a beginner.
What you’ll need:
- 2 yards of 2 different fabrics (you’ll want a warm fleecy material for at least one side).
- A small square of red fabric (for the heart)
- sharp scissors
- small sewing needle
- sewing machine
- pen or marker
- paper, preferrably cardstock
- pins (to hold the fabric in place)
- Lay your two fabrics flat on top of one another with the good sides of the material (the part you want to show when it’s worn) facing the inside. Make sure that they are even at the edges.
- Decide on how wide you want your scarf to be (I’d suggest 6-8 inches) and mark this out along the length of the material in pen or marker; then cut along the line.
- Now you should have two equal strips of material. I’d suggest sewing your heart at this stage. Remember your heart will be going on the side of the material that is currently facing the inside.
- Simply traced a heart onto a small piece of bristol board or paper. Cut it out and traced it onto the red fleece, then cut that out and use a needle and thread to hand-stitch the heart on. You could also be even more creative and sew in a pocket for a cell phone or anything else you think your boy or girl might like :).
- Once the heart is stitched on, simply lay the fabric back down with the heart/good side facing inwards. Make sure the two pieces are as even at the edges as possible. On the material you want to be shorter (on mine the checkered part) measure approximately 7 inches in from the edge and cut along the width of it. Do this for each side.
- Now pin the fabrics together near the edges to keep them in place.
- With your sewing machine sew along the two long sides of the fabric leaving about 3/4 of an inch in space at each end (this means when you begin to sew, don’t start where the two fabrics meet, start in a little bit).
- When you’re finished, turn your scarf inside out by reaching through (between the two pieces of material), grabbing the end and pulling it through. Lay it flat and you should have an even seam on either long side of the material. Don’t forget to take your pins out!
- Now take the excess 3/4 inch of the shorter material, fold it over and pin it. Do this on each side. Then sew along the width of the material. The sewing machine should be going through your bottom material and your top material twice (because it’s folded) so it will be tacking 3 layers together. Repeat this on the other side.
- Now simply use scissors to cut the edges of your longer material into frills; these can be as short or as long as you like. I think they look best with about an inch of space between them and the shorter material. You may need to cut a little bit off the edges of your longer material depending on how large you made your seams.
- You’re done!
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