Friday, December 30, 2011

Presents II

After that "quilt" was done, I had this little strip of polar fleece left over.  Definitely not going in the garbage!  It decided to follow the rest of the cream polar fleece to Prince George in the guise of a scarf.
That would be for my daughter, not her fiance.  I saw something similar in the Kwik Sew catalogue when I was browsing, but with a strip the size that I had - not even worth buying instructions for.  This took well under a half hour, even with time spent on figuring out my spacing for pleats.  And believe it or not, I actually had the presence of mind to snap pictures along the way - and they actually came out so that you could see something.  Here goes!
The piece I had was from selvage to selvage, so some 150 cm long, and by the time I evened out the long edges I ended up with about 8 1/2 inches in width.  Fold in half.  Find the middle at the selvage edge.  (That's the tiny purple dot down at the far end.)
Lay down a curved ruler from the middle point to the side to make a "pleasing" (I always liked it when I saw this word used in older instructions) slope to a point.  Repeat for the other side.  And now you have this.

 Draw a line down the centre from point to point.  This will be the stitching line as well as the line that will keep you pleats straight.  (Heaven forbid should the pleats be wonky!)   From the end I came up 4 inches and made a 1/2 inch pleat (taking out 1 inch total).
From that point on I made the same sized pleat every 3 inches - or would that be every 2 1/2?  Follow the picture, not the instructions.  (My concern was not to shorten the scarf with too-large pleats, while still getting that "ruffled" look.)
At centre back I reversed the direction of the pleats.  In other words - pleat from either end till you meet up in the middle.
 Final step - stitch down the centre line from the first pleat to the last. 
Finishing touch - beat the scarf to get rid of all the "fluffies" from cutting the edges.  Or, you may choose a less violent method of achieving the same results - lint rollers do come to mind.


  1. Very pretty and thanks for the tutorial. Your daughter is going to love it.

  2. Irene, I love your sense of humour. Beating the scarf!! It probably works the best too!

    Really trendy and would be so warm.

  3. Pretty scarf! Even though it's beaten, it looks terrific!

  4. What a kewl scarf and thanks for sharing how it's made!

    Happy New Year!

  5. well isn't that the most clever scarf? How pretty! nicely done, Irene!

  6. Very inspirational! You took a useless scrap and turned it into a unique, and really very pretty scarf. I'm going to keep this mini-project in mind!

  7. Irene, thank you so much for this tutorial. I have to try one. Love it!

  8. Ver pretty, and looks cosy too! A really fantastic way to use a leftover piece of gorgeous fabric!

  9. Very creative! and I really like the look of the finished scarf. Thank you Irene for mentioning the clapper on my latest post. I will have to add that to my sewing tools at some point. For now, I think I can find a piece of wood that will work. Have a blessed New Year!

  10. Excellent way to use the leftover pieces of fleece. I will certainly copy that. a gift under a half hour, great. BTW- I like the violent method for removing the fluffies. :-)