Monday, December 21, 2009

Embroidered Flannel Scarf

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My idea for an embroidered flannel scarf was inspired by this gray flannel remnant. It practically begged me to use running stitches to hold the layers together. This is an easy project to take along on car trips or during movies on the couch since it's all sewn by hand. If you'd like to make your own super easy, super fun embroidered scarf, click below for the tutorial.


Supplies:

-Flannel fabric: 45" x 14". I know 45" is pretty short for a scarf but that's the size of the remnant I had. If you'd like a longer scarf, cut your fabric longer.
-Embroidery floss
-Largish needle
-Pins (optional)
-Scissors (or rotary cutter, clear ruler and cutting mat)

Once you have your fabric cut, fold it in half (wrong sides together) so your width is now 7". Try to keep your grain line in check if you can.

If you have stripes or plaid, use pins to keep them lined up. If you don't, pin a few times along the edges of the scarf to keep your layers from shifting as you work.

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Cut a piece of embroidery floss a little longer than the width of your scarf (do not separate strands).

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Tie a knot 1" from one end and thread a largish needle. You'll want to make sure the eye is big enough for the embroidery floss.

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Start a running stitch 3/4" from the edge of the fabric. I leave the knot on top of the fabric but you can start between the layers to hide it.

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If you're following a design or stripe, the back should look identical to the front.

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Continue your running stitch and stop 3/4" away from the opposite edge of the fabric. Tie a knot close to the fabric.

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And bury the end between the layers.

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Bury the other tail...this is a small one so start by inserting the needle into the fabric and then thread the eye.

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Pull through to finish.

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Repeat at regular intervals or not...do what you want to do! My rows are 3" apart because I'm following the plaid pattern. Instead of many short rows, you could embroider along the length of the scarf. A grid pattern would also be nice. Or curved or wavy lines! Keep in mind that this will be all that holds your scarf together.

Once all the rows are done, use a clear quilting ruler (or eyeball it if that's your style) and trim the long edge 1/2" away from the last stitch (or knot).

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Repeat on the other side...your finished scarf will measure 6.5"

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Throw it into the washer and dryer. Since the scarf has raw edges, you should have some nice fraying going on. Cut any loose strings or tangles to neaten it up.

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So, that's it! Easy, right? Let me know if you have any questions. Also, if you make a scarf using this tutorial, please, link a picture so we can all see. That's my favorite part!