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Mother Daughter Scarves April 26, 2010

Filed under: April 2010,Gifts,Mother's Day,Sewing,Tutorials — The Threaded Nest @ 8:30 am

Over these past few weeks I have frantically searched for inspiration for my Mum’s Mother’s Day gift

ONLY to find it waiting in my email inbox a few days ago!

Lindsay, from Hawthorne Threads (here), sends out a lovely little Newsletter

filled with inspiring projects and beautiful fabrics (of course you can sign up too!)

and in her last one she gave the instructions for a very easy scarf she made for her sister

from “The New Handmade” (here).

My Mum looks beautiful in this Lavender top she wore for R.’s birthday tea

and it happens to be my favorite color

and the Four Square print reminds me of all the Amish quilts we oohed and awed over on our recent trip

so I knew I HAD to use these fabrics to make our Mother Daughter scarves!

I purchased 2/3 of a yard of each of these Anna Maria Horner’s “Little Folks” cotton voile fabrics:

On the left ~ Four Square in Lilac (here)

On the right ~ Village Path in Lilac (here)

which is enough fabric to make TWO scarves!

The great thing about using this voile is that it is 54″ wide so you only need a 9 1/2 piece for each side.

Wash and press (with steam) the fabric well before cutting.

To cut, simply line up your fabric, right sides together, selvage to selvage,

and cut both of your fabrics into a 9 1/2″ long x width of fabric (cutting off your selvage) strip.

With right sides of fabric together and using lots of pins

pin your two fabrics together about 1/4″ from the edge

making sure to go in and out of the fabric a couple of times

AND making sure that the flower (pin head) is always facing AWAY from the needle of your sewing machine (towards YOU).

Pin really REALLY really well because this voile is buttery soft and extremely slippery!

I know it is a pain in the tush, but it is well worth your time!!!

If you have a walking foot for your sewing machine I highly recommend using it.

Lindsay’s instructions said to use a 1/2″ seam (I marked off 1/2″ from my machine’s needle by using painter’s tape).

Staring about 2″ from the bottom of one of the long sides (the one with the pin heads facing you)

begin sewing (don’t forget to back stitch!) and remove each of the pins as your needle approaches it

by stopping your machine with the needle still DOWN in the fabric and gently slide the pin towards you.

Continue until you get about 1 1/2″ from where you began and end by back stitching.

Clip each of the corners at a diagonal (not too close to the seam!)

Press (with steam) well to set the seam.

Using a chopstick (or other turning tool) turn the scarf right side out.

Again press very well with steam, making sure your opening is turned in and even with the seams.

Pin the opening closed and ladder stitch it shut (tutorial here).

One will get sent to my Mum and one will be kept for me

and each time I wear it I will think of our sweet trip we spent together =0)

Happy sewing,

Colette

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One Response to “Mother Daughter Scarves”

  1. Molly Says:

    Great tutorial! I love how they turned out.


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