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Have you started to think about holiday gift giving? You should be, especially if you want to make something special. Are you following my Holiday Bake Craft & Crochet Series? Yes, we have added crochet tutorials too! By the end of the month Thirty Handmade Days, Your Homebased Mom and I will have shared over 100 fabulous handmade gift tutorials.
Be sure to head over to Your Homebased Mom for loads of edible gift recipes and Thirty Handmade Days will help us craft the perfect handmade holiday. I will be sharing sewn and crocheted gift tutorials. We even have some incredible giveaways. Each day be sure to visit the guest poster’s blog for a chance to win BIG! Up for grabs is a Cricut cutting machine, a Blendtec blender, a Baby Lock sewing machine and a $300 Michaels gift card! Grab a new entry every day! Be sure to enter to win a Baby Lock Sewing Machine!
Time to get sewing! Scarfs are all the rage, and this one is so pretty! I am so thrilled to share this tutorial from Girl Inspired.
Hi there! It’s Stef from Girl. Inspired. I am super excited to play along in this year’s Holiday Bake Craft Sew!!
I have a tutorial for you today to make a simple, yet beautiful lace scarf! A little ruching around the center of the scarf gives it some lift around the neck and the gorgeous lace falls down so delicately. These are so quick and easy, you can sew one up for all your best girls this holiday season!
The supplies you need are minimal – just 1/3 yard of a gorgeous drapey lace and your basic sewing supplies (thread, scissors, sewing machine). I found this pewter lace in the apparel section at Jo-Ann Fabric, and although it was pricey, I only needed 1/3 yard. A couple coupons later, and I can sew this scarf for less than $10! If you’re making more than one, cut your fabric section 12″ wide (if you’re only making one, just have the nice ladies at the cut counter cut your perfect 1/3 yard for you!) When you’re choosing a lace for this project, note the selvage ends of the fabric – choose one with a pretty, scalloped or decorative edge. This way, you won’t have to do anything with the selvage edges – you can simply use the cut of fabric as is. Also, you do not want a stiff lace for this scarf – look for one that has a good drape and flex to it.
Open up your fabric so that you have one piece that is 12″ wide by 60″ or so long (selvage to selvage). Fold it in half along its length, right sides together, matching raw edges. Sew along the length to form a long tube.
Press the seams flat and to the center of the scarf.
Turn the scarf right side out through the open ends. Position the seam along the center back of the scarf; add a few pins to hold the seam centered in place.
Sew a long, loose stitch all the way down the center of the scarf. Pull the bobbin threads to lightly gather the scarf and then wiggle the gathers to the center third only of the scarf. You want the ruching around the neck, but the tails of the scarf to hang down straight. Try the scarf on and adjust the gathers until you have the look you want. Sew using a regular stitch just over the gathered section of scarf to secure the ruching. Remove your basting stitches and voila! You’re done! Now how easy was that?
What other sewing projects do you have in the works? I’d love for you to stop by Girl. Inspired. and share them with me. You might enjoy some of my favorite Fall projects: