Monday, April 9, 2012

Friendship Scarf

Here's a great springtime scarf that's super easy to whip up. So easy, in fact, that you could whip up one for you and one for a friend in no time. Which is why we call it the Friendship Scarf!

This scarf has different fabrics on the two sides, which makes it very versatile. We used Sandi Henderson fabric on one side. This fabric is lighter weight than you're average quilting cotton, so makes a lovely scarf. Using two Sandi Henderson fabrics would make for an even lighter, springier scarf than the one we made here!

We styled ours with a covered button on a pin. We made one button with each fabric so we could do a contrasting button no matter which side we wanted to show. It works perfectly, because with these big covered buttons, you get two in a kit!

Here's how to make it:

Two pieces of fabric cut to 7" x 72" or so. We used two different fabrics and cut them out of a single piece of fabric each, so we needed to buy 2 yards of each fabric. If you don't mind piecing your fabrics, you can cut 7" strips from the width of the fabric and sew them together to get the correct length. This will add a little bulk to your scarf, and works better with small prints where it is harder to see the seams.

Thread - we used a fun contrasting blue color for ours. You'll see it in the topstitching at the end, so pick something fun!

1. Lay your two fabrics together, right sides together, lining up all the edges. Pin around all four edges (or go crazy and don't pin!).

2. Start on one side and sew the two pieces together with a 1/2" seam allowance, leaving an opening maybe 10" long for turning. Backstitch at both the beginning and the end.

3. Turn the scarf right side out. Make sure you get the corners poked out  - we like to use a knitting needle, but chopsticks or an actual turning tool work great too! Turn the raw edges of the opening under 1/2" and press the entire scarf.

4. Topstitch around the entire scarf, 1/8" or so from the edge. Voila! Your scarf is done!

5. Make another scarf for a friend!

If you would like to make the covered button pins, just follow the super easy instructions on the covered button package. We simply stuck a safety pin through the hole on the back of the button.

Erin opted to wear it simply folded in half and threaded through the loop. Look how awesomely it dresses up her simple sweater!

The fabrics we chose for our scarf are the Sandi Henderson Wallflowers in Melon and Pick a Bunch in Sunflower, but there are tons of options. Here are a few more we considered:

From left to right: Sandi Henderson Paisley Garden in Moss (top) with Slim Stripe in Confection (bottom), Sandi Henderson Vintage Ironwork in Berry (top) with Sandi Henderson Wallflowers in Dusk (bottom), and Scatter Square in Lime (top) with Sandi Henderson Party Dress in Toffee (bottom).

And with Sandi Henderson fabrics on sale this week 25% off (use coupon code SANDI25 at checkout), it's a perfect time to make one (or two!) of these scarves! Pin It

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