Circle Scarf Tutorial
October 18, 2012 in Projects
Well, it’s getting to be that time of year again…scarf weather! I was recently putting my scarves in the closet and thinking I needed to update my selection just a bit. I came across a gray soft scarf that I love to wear. I also keep seeing cute circle scarves, so I thought I would try to make one on my Ellure Plus. They look so cozy and warm, and they are very popular this fall! It is so easy, and you can make more than one with the fabric you buy-keep one for yourself and give one as a gift 🙂
2 yards of knit fabric (width can vary-mine was 56″ inches)
Baby Lock Sewing machine
My first step was finding the right fabric. I was able to find a perfect knit fabric that is great for fall and winter. Pretty cute isn’t it?
I found that two yards is a perfect length for a circle scarf. I looked at a few of my own scarves and was thinking about the circle, so I wanted to make sure I had enough fabric to make the loop. I also found that a lot of knot fabric comes in 54″ width which would be wide enough to make a few scarves, even when double layered.
After laying my fabric out into a big rectangle, I realized my fabric was 56″ wide. I decided that I would be able to make three scarves with this amount of fabric. Each scarf would be about 8-10 inches wide.
I divided the fabric into three sections (18″, 18″, and 20″ so I didn’t have to deal with fractions) and made two cuts. Knit fabric doesn’t fray, so you can cut it and not worry about hemming or serging the edges. When you cut, the lines don’t have to be perfect (I tried :)). I realized with this fabric and style there is a lot of room for error and different variations.
I folded each scarf in half (right sides together) so that the top edge was aligned with the bottom edge. Since knit fabric is rather stretchy, I made sure to use a lot of pins so that it didn’t move while sewing. Sew only the long edge of the fabric (You are basically sewing large tubes).
It certainly doesn’t take long to sew! I sewed with about a 1/4″ seam. With the way the scarf will drape and hang, I didn’t worry too much about lining up the pattern in the fabric.
Turn your tube right side out. Now it is time to make it into a circle. Some scarves appear to be seamless, but with this one I just plan to make the seam at the back of my neck. And with this pattern, the seam is not really noticeable.
Put one raw end inside the other and fold the outside layer in. Sew both layers together, reinforcing the ends or doubling the seam so it is strong. I sewed mine in a simple circle. However, I thought about twisting it before sewing it which would give it one more layer/twist when it is worn.
This is a very easy project! And check out the many ways you can wear a circle scarf!
These will be great gifts for Fall birthdays and Christmas. I also thought about using Monogram Works next time to embroider on the fabric.
Looking forward to staying warm this winter!