After sewing a couple of infinity scarves recently, I thought I'd sew a regular scarf - a light weight scarf to dress up an outfit. Here's how to make one...
Choose any fabric that drapes well. Mine is chiffon. How the fabric hangs will alter the look of the finished scarf.
Due to the longer length, this scarf takes more fabric than an infinity scarf. As it can't be cut from the width of the fabric, you'll have quite a bit of fabric left over - enough to make another two scarves, depending on the width of the fabric.
You will need 2⅓yds (215cm) of fabric. Perhaps you could get away with 2¼yds, but I think it's cutting it too fine, in case the material isn't cut straight.
Cut a rectangle 80" x 18" (203cm x 42cm)
Fray each of the short ends. Chiffon is very thin and each strand is rather hard to see, so this took quite a while. I didn't take a photo, but you can see how I used a needle to fray the ends of a bookmark.
Ideally, you want a very narrow hem down each of the long sides. A rolled hem would be perfect. I've only ever sewn a rolled hem on a ruffled nappy cover. I was more than happy with the results on the nappy cover, but it wasn't totally even in a few spots. Given that the chiffon is thinner and slipperier than the fabric used in the nappy cover, I figured it would be harder, so I opted to use the regular presser foot.
First up fold over a narrow hem - just over ⅛" - and baste (large hand stitches) close to the raw edge. I didn't bother to pin or measure, just hand stitched as I turned the hem.
Turn the hem on itself and stitch by machine. If sewing a thin fabric such as chiffon, use a fine needle. I used a 60 universal needle.
My hem wasn't entirely even. It varied from ⅛" to ¼". Ha, ha.. when you think about it, an ⅛" difference is not much. Certainly no one other than me will notice.
I no longer have this scarf, as it was a present, however I have plans to make at least another two. Next time, I'm going to try to make the hems a little narrower.
After sewing my scarf, while writing this post, I Googled rolled hems and found a very informative article - 3 Ways to Sew a Rolled Hem.
Method 1 is with a rolled hem presser foot.
I like method 2, but it results in two rows of stitching on the wrong side. For most garments this isn't a problem, but perhaps not ideal for a scarf which doesn't really have a right or wrong side, Sew County Chick also uses this technique.
Method 3 is a way of hand stitching I have never seen before and definitely one I'd like to try in the future.
Do you have any tips for sewing rolled hems?
The next chiffon scarf I sew will be for me. I suppose I could use the left overs and make a black one, but I have a purple / maroon chiffon which I have ear marked.
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