Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ruffle Cowl Scarf Tutorial

I've been dying over all these GORGEOUS ruffle scarves all over blogland and in stores, 
so I decided to give my (immature sewing) hand at one.

I'm so glad I did!!

First off...Ruffles use a LOT of fabric. 
The REASON this is a cowl and not a full length scarf was because I underestimated how long the fabric really needed to be pre-ruffled. 
But I'm DIGGING this cowl and so glad on how it's turned out. 

So here's the TUTE!
(I feel like I'm SO bad at explaining things, 
so please comment/email me if you have questions!)

When I decided to make one of these, I knew I wanted jersey knit (aka t-shirt material) so I wouldn't have extra sewing on the edges, since the edges don't fray.
So off to the Land of Fabric I went.
Aka: Fabricland (I'm clever with words)
I got lucky and scored a 75% off deal so all of this was about $3.50

So here's my TWO yards of fabric in length. 
You'll need to cut TWO strips for FOUR yards total for this little cowl.
Each strip can be as wide as you'd like...I did mine about 5" wide.
NOTE: You can buy ONE yard and cut it into four strips to sew together to make the 4 yard length too! I just bought more to score the deal.

Here's TWO yards worth...I simply sewed it to the 2nd piece to make it FOUR yards long!

Set your Mom's retro awesome sewing machine to the lowest stitch count that you can
 (mine's at 6 stitches per inch)
 Sew right down the center of your 4-yard long strip and DO NOT backstitch at the beginning or the end.

Leave yourself quite a bit of extra pull strings at the ends for pulling the ruffle. 
Otherwise you may cry when you lose hold of one end and the whole ruffle comes apart.
This happened to me. Twice.
 Here it is coming out the other side of the machine! the natural ruffles ROCK!
 Once you have finished your ruffle stitch, hold the string ends and gather together more until you've reached the desired ruffle effect. 
Then go over the ENTIRE LENGTH this time WITH the backstitching at the ends to secure your ruffles!
Then simply sew up the ends to make a cowl, and VOILA! Dunzo.

I have a thing for ruffles. 
Because they ROCK THE KASBAH!

This is how you can know that I love you all...
because I managed to post a photo of myself sans makeup & unwashed hair.
Yep, I'm classy.

Linking to THESE parties!

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Courtenay@Signal Hill Interiors said...

Shush! You look great. I love the no makeup look even if I'm too chicken to do it most of the time. You should make tons of these and give them out as gifts! You did such a good job.

Sarah KGeltink said...

Love it!!!!

Kristol Faucheux said...

LOVE!!! I want one. BTW if you hadn't said anything, no one would have known about your lack of makeup and clean hair.

Delia said...

Beautiful and simple as most elegant things are. Nice job!

Delia said...

Oh and just linked to your squid dogs. THanks Sarah!

JackalFive said...

he he, you said "Tute".

ypastorswives said...

Super cute!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Adorable! Love all the ruffles - looks so comfy. Hope you have a wonderful weekend ~ Stephanie Lynn

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

LOVE this. I was just looking at a ridiculously overpriced ruffle scarf at the mall last weekend and you've inspired me to try and make one.

Brie Wheelwright said...

LOVE this scarf. In fact, it inspired me for my next Christmas stocking. Thanks for following my blog and for the comment! It's always nice to see what people think.

brandy-son Zen master flash said...

That is darling, good job!

AllieMakes! said...

That is REALLY sweet! Is Land of FAbric a store?? If so, I want to go!
You should come link this up to my weekly Thursday Making It With Allie Link Party! I think it would make a Fabulous addition!

C.R.A.F.T. said...

i WANT one ! come on over and link up to MMM :)

Nichelle said...

I LOVE THIS! This is so fabulous! I found your link through tatertotsandjello! I posted a link of some of my stuff! I'd love for you to check it out! I'm also doing a giveaway soon for a FREE UNIQUE BAG!!!

I'd LOVE for you to stop by!
Mucho love. Nichelle.

southernscraps said...

Really, really cute. I too love all the scarves out there and have some on my "to do" list.

Ali @ Honey and Maple Syrup said...

That looks so awesome! I might have to learn to sew so I can make this =)

a little lovely said...

thanks for sharing this at my linky party! i'm going to feature this tom!

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