Friday, January 28, 2011

Quilt Square Scarves

A few weeks ago Jessica and I went to Vernal together. While in Wal-Mart she wanted to look at fabric for a scarf Kim was going to help her make. She invited me too, but I told her no, that involves sewing, and I DO NOT sew.
Then I thought about how much fun they would have. And how one of my New Years Resolutions is to craft more this year. So I went and bought some fabric. Wow, that is expensive, now I was committed.

On Tuesday night, we were able to get together and Kim's house to make our scarves.

My fabric selection. I love the colors!
We started by cutting out 5 inch squares. At first we were going to make scarves that were 9 squares long, but then we decided to do 11 instead. So I cut out 22 squares total.
Then I laid them out in the pattern I wanted.
Then I stacked each side into a pile so as I sewed I could just grab from the top of the pile.
Then came the sewing. Yikes! I can't remember the last time I sewed. It didn't take me long to remember what to do. It also didn't take me long to remember that I don't have the patience to sew.

I sewed each side by sewing two squares together with the pretty sides facing each other. Then I would sew on the next square.

After both strips were sewed, I ironed the seams flat. I ironed them open, but now I'm wondering if I should have just ironed them to one side.
Then I went back to the sewing machine and sewed both strips together with the pretty sides each facing outward. I started by carefully sewing a short end, with the trim. (That took a few attempts.) Then I went up one big side. Then sewed the other small end with a trim. Then back down the last end.
After that I cut the long ends in small strips up to the seam so they would get the frayed look.
I survived sewing!

(Top to Bottom) Kim's, mine, and Jessica's scarves.
When I got home that night, I hurry and threw it in the washer and then the dryer so it would get the frayed look. But when I pulled it out, one of the ends had come unsewn where I had tried to sew in the trim. Argh! That is why I don't sew!

I hurry and dug out my old machine that was covered in literally 14 years of dust. Luck was with me and it was still threaded after all of these years. Heaven help me if I ever run out of thread.
I am so proud of my new scarf. I took it to work and showed to it to just about everyone and I kept bragging how I actually sewed something. Someday I might even make some more.

1 comment:

Jessica said...

I'm so glad you did it with us too! I love the picture at the end of this post of your finished scarf. Really cute!