Monday, October 7, 2013

The Infinity Ruffle Scarf


A new shipment of fabric couldn’t have arrived at a better time. In the middle of Project Runway re-runs and the girls being in school, a cardboard box was awaiting my presence. And when I opened it… Jackpot an extra couple inches because I got the end of the bolts!

Creativity’s on a roll as I immediately knew what to do with that extra soft striped fabric.
Take a look at this super easy and cute October scarf!

The striped, rayon fabric has a width of 65 inches. For the projects purposes, make this width your length. The first step is to decide how thick or 'chunky' you want your scarf to be.
I do this by folding it over and playing around with my 'new width'.
Next, I measured four inches and cut a strip.
Cut two more. Once all three 4" strips are cut, stitch them together at the
sides for one super long piece.

Set your machine on the longest stitch available so that you can gather to make ruffles.
Start from one side and work the gathers together.
Do the same to the other side.
It is near impossible to gather this all the way through without
this nifty and time saving technique:
For gathering in the center,
use your seam ripper to pull for more gathers.
Don't worry if the thread breaks.
Just tie the ends to stop from pulling apart.

I love using this fast way to gather really long ruffles.
By pulling the thread centrally, you are able to create a more balanced look.

Once your gathers are together, place the ruffles on top of the scarf.
Face sides should be against eachother.
Pin the ruffles in place.
This is the most time consuming part because you will
have to elongate or shorten your ruffles.
(Another benefit of the central gathering technique using the seam ripper.)
Fold over the other half of the scarf and pin in place like the picture below.
It should kinda look like a sandwich with all face sides internal.

Stitch them together but don't forget to shorten your stitch length on your machine!

Carefully, turn it inside out and remove all the pins.
Fold it in half ~ width wise and line up the ruffles.
Both 'open' ends should be next to eachother.
Sew your scarf shut by starting in the center and circling around till you
almost meet the ruffles.
Close the scarf with some hand stitches.
So versatile! You can wear it long or folded over!
That is it my friends! Another cute one to add to the wardrobe:)

Happy Trails to infinity scarfs and beyond!

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