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How to make an easy jersey scarf from scraps tutorial.

A few weeks ago I  posted a tutorial for how to make an infinity scarf from your left over bits of jersey. I planned to make this simple opened ended classic scarf version for men, I didn’t seem to have the right selection of leftovers to make a suitable manly scarf (or not one that my hubby would like to wear) so I made another ladies scarf. However this could easily be made for a man.

Materials:

I used cotton/elastane jersey you could use other different types of jersey too. I think it hangs better if the fabric is not to heavy in weight.

I used plain navy for the back of the scarf joining it in the centre to achieve the length I wanted. I used two fabrics for the other side. You could panel both sides or add more panels if your scraps are smaller.

Template:

The overall size of this scarf including seam allowances is 184cm x 27cm. I cut two 27cm x 93cm in navy for the back. (using a 1cm seam allowance to join).

The teal print measures 27cm x 70cm

The plain teal measures 27cm x 116cm

If you add extra panels remember to add a seam allowance to each one so that your overall length is the same both sides.

If you are making for larger men I would recommend making the overall length around 25cm longer and the width around 3cm wider.

How to make:

  1. Start by joining your panels together. This is an ideal project to make using an overlocker if you have one, make sure it is set up with four threads so that the seams are strong. You can also use a regular sewing machine. Change your needle to a stretch or ball point needle and use a shallow zig-zag stitch or stretch stitch so that your seams will have a bit of ‘give’.

2. Once all the panels are stitched together place the front and back pieces right sides together, its easier to do this on a flat surface to ensure it doesn’t stretch out of shape at any point. I like to pin a little way in from the edge so that I can leave the pins in while I sew. They need to be far enough back to clear the sewing machine or overlocker foot. You can also pull them out as you go.

3. Stitch around all edges leaving a gap around 10cm long for turning through. Its best to leave this opening in one of the long edges as its easier to conceal when you close the gap.

4. Turn through and press, press the gap closed in line with the seam and slip stitch closed by hand. A simple speedy scarf perfect for this very chilly weather. You could make a matching pom pom hat if you have enough fabric.

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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