With summer on it's way, my garden has been in need of some serious attention. Usually I will don a hat, or pull my hair into a Pony, but for breezy days, a scarf is perfect.
These are so quick and easy to make, and are great for using up fat quarters you might have lurking around in your stash.
1. Measure out two pieces of fabric, the first 44cm x 44cm, the second 44cm x 6cm.
2. Cut an 18cm piece of 2cm wide elastic.
3. Fold, then press a small hem on the 6cm length.
4. Using straight stitch, sew along this hem.
5. Press with right sides together.
6. Using straight stitch, sew along the length, using a .5 cm seam allowance.
7. Turn right side out. I find poking with the wide end of a chopstick makes turning this easier.
8. Feed elastic through.
9. Pin elastic in place, then sew in position, about 3cm along from end. Trim elastic so close to this hem.
10. Fold, then press a double hem on opposite sides of 44cm square.
11. Sew along this hem using a straight stitch.
12. Carefully fold small pleats along the sewn sides, meeting in the centre. Try to keep these small. Pinning helps.
13. Stitch along the pleats, about 2cm from the end.
14. Gently ease the pleats into the open end of the elasticised band.
15. Sew into position, very slowly, taking your time, as it is easy to break a needle trying to stitch through all the pleats.
All done. Apologies about the cheesy photo. Believe me I am traumatised by the horridness of it, but if you can see past my crazy person grin, you can see what it looks like on.
I am also in desperate need of a new gardening apron, so the next scarf might be matchy-matchy with an apron.