January 01, 2011

Ruffle Flower Scarf

I took a couple of my favorite projects and combined them into something for me.  After all that creating over Christmas for other people, it was fun to make something for myself. Not that I don't enjoy creating for others, of course. I'm sure you know what I mean.


I sewed two long strips of white knit fabric together, one on top of the other, using the method from my tiered ruffle skirt tutorial. I didn't baste them together first because I wanted to stretch the fabric as much as possible when I sewed the edges to make the ruffles. You could also do this with just one piece of fabric.  I liked using two, because it makes the scarf warmer, and hides all your stitches from sewing on the ruffled flowers.


The flowers are made the same way as the ones from the ruffle flower leggings.  I used pink glass beads instead of pearls so there would be a little pop of color.


Here I am wearing it.  I got smart this time and didn't attempt to take a self-portrait that includes my face. Take that, goofy facial expressions!


I'm debating whether I should make one with bright colors.  I don't know if it would work with the style of the flowers and such.  What do you think?

Check out this post I did for some visuals of how to get the basic scarf.  Instead of sewing both ends together like I did in that tutorial, just continue the ruffle stitch along the bottom as well.  Another thing I've learned through making a bunch of these is that it's easier to start the ruffling about an inch from the end.  My machine tends to "eat" my fabric if I start right at the corner.  When I'm done, I just go back and flip the scarf to the other side to get the last inch or so.

54 comments:

Mandi said...

That is beautiful! Make me one? ;)

Brandi said...

beautiful scarf! good luck with your entry!

Ana Elena De la Cuesta said...

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Tricia said...

Lovely. Best of luck with crafting with the stars.

cleverlyinspired said...

Love this!

Erin said...

I'm with Mandi - I want one too. This is adorable and I love it. Good luck with Crafting with the stars....but I would still love you to make me one.

Jennifer @lifecraftsandwhatever said...

This is gorgeous! And yes, a bright colored one would be lovely. I'm the type of person who is incapable of wearing white, but this is stunning! I'm new the blogging "club", I'd love if you'd stop by and check mine out. I just signed up as your newest follower. Take care!

Sanditerese said...

That is so pretty! I love it.

DeniseAngela said...

Gorgeous! I love making these too!

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

The ruffles are so pretty and feminine - nice!

Jana said...

I think I might be in love with this!

Would love for you to come link up!
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Alayna Howard said...

I just love all your stuff. So amazing! What kind of sewing machine do you use? I am looking for a new sewing machine and I am interested in ideas! Thank you so much!

http://alaynahoward.blogspot.com

maleahbliss said...

So. Pretty. The white on white is so pretty. :)

I'd love for you to come link this up to my linky party! www.littleEme.blogspot.com

Haley said...

Oh my goodness. <3 <3
I have an unhealthy addiction to ruffles. Too sweet.

sweetjeanette said...

Oh goodness!!!! I'm in love with this scarf!!! I, too, have an unhealthy addiction to ruffles!!!

Michelle said...

Adorable! I love the way it came out!

terrid614 said...

this is so darn cute! i am your latest follower! thanks for sharing!

Summer said...

Thanks for linking up your idea! I LOVE this! I'll be featuring it on my blog on Saturday!

http://sumossweetstuff.blogspot.com

Thanks!
Sumo :)

Corey said...

This is absolutely gorgeous.

Terra said...

Alayna-I use a Brother. I've had it for several years, and I don't think they make the model I have anymore. Its kind of finicky, but now that I've gotten used to it, I love sewing with it. It's only occasionally that I want to throw it across the room, but I think that would happen with any machine I owned!

Thanks everyone for your comments on this scarf! I'm glad you like it.

Kim said...

Thanks for sharing this!! I'm just getting into sewing and I love a good scarf! :)

Cindy said...

That is so very, very pretty!!! I want one, so I am going to go scrutinize your instructions now.
Thanks so much for them.
Hugs, Cindy

Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com said...

this is so pretty!! Thanks so much for coming by and linking up to handmade tuesdays @ ladybug blessings and make sure to come by next week! kristen@ladybug-blessings.com

Shannon said...

Wow - that's a really beautiful scarf! I love it in white - the details look so delicate. It's lovely.

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stephjacobson said...

This is gorgeous, and I love the white. I made some scarves for Christmas gifts, but they weren't nearly this pretty.

Laryssa Herbert said...

Lovely!

Marie {Make and Takes} said...

Wowzer! That is beautiful. I'd love to have you submit this to the M&T Spotlight: http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

Jenna said...

Very pretty!

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Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun said...

featured this adorable scarf on my blog today

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maleahbliss said...

I love this!! So, so beautiful! Thanks so much for linking up last week! I hope you'll stop by again today! :) I'll be posting features soon...

LittleEme.blogspot.com

Lisa from Craftified! said...

Saw this over at This and That and I am in love with it! I am definately going to try this ASAP! Thanks!

maleahbliss said...

In case you missed it, I wanted to let you know that I featured you yesterday! :)
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Abbi said...

Very pretty! I am inspired. :-)

debbi said...

OMG...this is adorable.
do you have an etsy shop? i dont sew (yet) and would love to have one?
tfs

barb said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorials!!

palandmagee said...

I'd love to make these for gifts. What type of fabric makes the best ruffles? What types hve you tried? Thank you for your tips!

Terra said...

I've only ever used knits. You want a fabric that stretches quite a bit. The more it stretches, the more ruffles you'll have!

Sister's SassyCrafts said...

How long did you make your scarf? I would probably do it way too long or short!

Trisha said...

I fell in love with this scarf!! Really beautiful! I'm just starting to sew, but do you think fleece, or polar fleece would work well?

Terra said...

My scarf length is the width of my fabric, so about 60 inches long. Trisha-I'm not sure how fleece would work. It stretches, but I don't know if it would ruffle as you let it shrink back up. I would do a test strip before you try the whole project. I'm glad you like this scarf!

Laura Read said...

Did you feed both layers of fabric through your machine at one time? I'm trying to understand how you sewed the two pieces together. I don't see any other seams, so I'm assuming that's what you did? If so, did you attach the flowers to a single layer before ruffling the layers together, or did you just make sure not to sew through to the back layer of the scarf? Totally beautiful and terrific, by the way.

Terra said...

Yes, I lined up both layers and feed them through my machine at the same time. I attached the flowers after sewing the two layers together. I've thought about sewing the flowers on first before ruffling them together, and I think that would be easier; you'd just have to make sure to sew them far enough away from the edge that they don't get caught in the "ruffle".

julie said...

So feminine and beautiful! I love it!

Sheila at Keeping it Southern said...

So beautiful!!

Mrs. Grotewold said...

Thanks for the great idea! How much fabric did you buy?

Terra said...

I use about 1/2 yard of fabric per scarf.

Patti said...

Very pretty and feminine. Try sewing from a small piece of paper (maybe a post it note) onto your fabric. It will prevent your fabric from being pulled into the feed dogs and you can easily get the paper off when you are done.

singamartin said...

That all are simply amazing. can i get one??? christmas flowers new zealand

Coleygirl said...

I know I'm late commenting on this but I was wondering what fabric you used to make this?

Terra said...

I used a baby rib knit.

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tmornings said...

this scarf is adorable! I tried one but it didn't ruffle as cute as yours. The ruffles ended up slight and subtle. Any suggestions? Is the stitch length critical and is it critical for half of the zig zag to be off the fabric?

Also, I tried this on fleece and it was super cute!

Terra Sews said...

I think the most important thing is probably stretch. The more you stretch the fabric while you sew the more your fabric will ruffle.

Sandra Roberts said...

I think you could easily do it in color, like mistletoe green scarf with 3 red beads in the centre of each 'flower'. Very Christmasy. Or all red with gold beads. Also great for the season! Rainbow fabric with pearlescent beads... or themed beads in shapes.