A few months back, I ordered some incredible Echino double gauze from Runner Girl Fabric when they had a 30% off coupon. Have you ever felt this stuff??? I am in love with its softness and beautiful colors. I paired the Echino up with shot cottons, and backed each scarf in wool and cashmere suiting that I had in my stash.
Cut your fabric:
(2) 9" x 21" rectangles double gauze
(1) 9" x 19" rectangle shot cotton
(1) 9" x width of fabric rectangle wool
Sew the two pieces of double gauze to each 9" end of the shot cotton rectangle using a 1/2" seam allowance, making sure that the pattern is oriented correctly on each end. Iron the seams open, and topstitch 1/4" along each side of the seam.
Lay the wool, right side up, on your work table. Lay the pieced double gauze and shot cotton right side down on top of the wool, smoothing well, and pin every few inches along the edges. If the ends don't match up (which they probably won't), even them up with the old rotary cutter. Sew together using a 1/2" seam allowance, leaving a 4" gap along one edge for turning.
Iron to set the seams. Clip the corners, turn right side out, poke out the corners using a knitting needle, and iron the edges flat.
At this point, you can pin the edges again. I chose not to, but did decrease my presser foot pressure from a 7 to a 3 to keep the double gauze from shifting. You could also use a walking foot for this step. Topstitch 1/4" around the edges using a coordinating thread. And done!
The completed scarves are lightweight yet cozy, and decadently soft! The measurements allow for very little waste, as each cut of the double gauze and wools are a straight 1/4 yard. I figured out the cost of each scarf to be around $12, and they took approximately 45 minutes from start to finish.
|(Please ignore the horridness of this low light bathroom self portrait-- |
I forgot to ask Rob to take a photo for me this morning!)