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DIY :: Make a Linen and Pom-Pom Infinity Scarf

I don’t want to boss you around or anything but you are gonna want to put down whatever you are doing and make a linen and pom-pom infinity scarf. Or, maybe make a dozen…just to be sure you are ready for the holidays.  Why linen and pom-poms? Because, dude, they are amazingly fun together!

I was inspired to pull together this scarf when I saw a friend of mine wearing something similar and I couldn’t stop staring at it (most of my friends are used to this odd habit by now).  I was smitten with my friend’s scarf and had to figure out how to create one for myself. The combination of neutral fabrics with the playful fun of pom-poms was just so perfect.  I really strive to wear what I sew and this scarf has that perfect quality of being super wearable basic without being a boring basic. I have already worn in a handful of times. It was also so easy to make that I knew I needed to pull together a quick tutorial.  I’m happy to show you how I did it!

I’m also really happy to get a chance to teach how to make them at Urban Sewciety in a few weeks.  So, local friends be sure to join the class so we can ogle over them together.

Supplies:

1 and 1/4 yard one color linen, pre-washed

1 and 1/4 yard different colored linen, pre-washed (or 2 1/4 yard of the same color if you prefer a single color)

4 and 1/2 yards of mini-sized pom-pom trim, such as this. Large-sized pom-poms will get too heavy and droopy so stitch with the minis.

Cut:

2 pieces 18″ by 37″ of each color linen

Cut your 4  and 1/2 yard length of pom-pom trim in half.

(If you are making a single-colored scarf, simply cut 2 pieces 18″ by 74″ and skip step 1 in the Sewing section.)

Sewing: 

  1. Take the two pieces of same colored linen and pin the short, 18″, ends together and sew with a 3/8″ seam allowance. This creates one long strip of fabric.  Repeat with other colored linen pieces. In my example, I used olive and black linen and I will refer to them that way to make these instructions easier to understand.

2. Press open seams. Pin pom-pom trim in place along the edge of the olive linen. Pin pom-poms facing inward.

3. Put your ZIPPER FOOT on your sewing machine. Sew the pom-poms in place, using the zipper foot will help you secure the pom-poms in place WITHOUT sewing over any of the pom-poms.  Those mini pom-poms are pesky, though, and make it too easy to accidentally stitch over. Just go slow and take your time!

4. Pin the black linen, right sides together, with the pom-pommed olive linen piece.

Note: Be sure to pin such that you will be able to see the stitch you created when you stitched the pom-pom trim.  This will greatly help you sew later on.

5. Sew along both long sides, still using the zipper foot, by sewing over the pom-pom stitch line, this ensure you don’t sew over any of your itty-bitty pom-poms.  DO NOT, however, sew the first 1/2″ and the last 1/2″ of the length, leave those un-sewn.

6. Pull the whole thing right sides out. You can press in place if you would like.

7. Along the short end, press back the black linen piece ( the linen without pom-poms) to get it out of your way.  Place, right sides together, the short end of the olive linen pieces with pom-pom trim.  You will want to use your standard sewing foot for this stitch so go ahead and remove your zipper foot. Pin in place and stitch, only though the olive linen, with a 3/8″ seam allowance.

8. Press the seam and tuck it inside of the scarf.  Press a fold toward the wrong side on the black linen, so it fully covers the seam opening.

9. Pin together, only pinning the black linen to itself to prepare it for a slip-stitch closure.

10. Prepare your hand-sewing needle and thread and fold the pinned black linen to be sure your olive linen side is out of the way.  Close up the opening with a basic ladder stitch (there is a good tutorial on the stitch here).

You are done!

last-minute gifts & well wishes

peace and joy in 2014From our family to yours, we wish you all the best in 2014!  It’s been an amazing year and we are prepped and ready for an incredible holiday season.  But, it wouldn’t be nearly as wonderful and amazing as it has been without all of you.  I love the connections, heartfelt and full, that have been made through this little blog and thank all of you so much for reading and cheering me on!

In that spirit, I’m sharing my favorite last-minute gifts! First up is this incredible infinity scarf tutorial from imagine gnats:

jersey infinity scarf

 

One of my students turned me on to this tute and I’m so glad. She managed to whip of 6 of them in one morning!  I made these two in a jiffy… they definitely came together easily.

Another favorite of mine is the small wallet.  This $3 pattern from Valori Wells makes a great wallet…an easy and cute way to give cash or a gift card without feeling awkward.  It’s my go-to teacher gift!

tiny wallets

Now, I really hope your gifting is done and you are nestling somewhere enjoying the quiet and ready to relax.  But, just in case, you are wondering what to make and eyeing your machine, I hope these tips come in handy.

I, for one, am about to polish off a bottle of red wine and kick some butt at a game of Scrabble before I play Santa! Happy Holidays all!! You are the best.

 

 

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