Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Ruffled Scarfs Made Easy


       My sister tells me I put ruffles and bows on everything...I deny that accusation...well slightly. I do tend to think most (OK, pretty much everything) things look better with a bit of a ruffle somewhere on it. As much as I like ruffles though, I don't really care for all the work it takes to make one...gathering fabric is slightly annoying to me for some reason. A super easy way to achieve a ruffle, without all the gathering nonsense, is to use elastic thread.


      Hand wind your bobbin with the elastic thread and sew straight lines. It will ruffle up as you go.


      I made these scarfs out of 12 inch wide strips of knit fabric.


     I made three lines, spaced about 3 inches apart, down them with the elastic thread.


       It gives you all sorts of ruffly goodness without any of that hand gathering work.


      I made a cowl neck variation out of, you guessed it, a circle. I sewed vertical and horizontal lines on this one.


       Elastic thread gives such a lovely texture to things.


       You can use any fabric you want, I just like knit because it is so soft.


      Enjoy! =)


1 Chronicles 16:34 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.

linking to:
Home Stories A to Z
Not Just A Housewife
My Girlish Whims
Freckled Laundry
Simple Home Life

16 comments:

  1. Ooh, your scarves are just lovely! I really like the colors you choose. I'm having a bit of fun with elastic thread too; it sure beats gathering doesn't it?? Have a nice day!!

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  2. Thanks for the tip! My DD loves these but hates the price tags. Now I can show her this and sit her down at the machine.

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  3. love the verse from 1 chronicles! thanks :-)

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  4. Very cute scarf! And ruffles are all the rage! Wonderful job!

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  5. Love these, thanks for the tutorial!
    xo

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  6. Thanks for the tutorial on this. I want to make some scarves for Christmas gifts, so this will be perfect. I've never used elastic thread, but it seems like it would be great!

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  7. So pretty! Must get some elastic thread!

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  8. oh my!! I just got back into sewing after 30 years, this will make me look like a pro!!!

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  9. Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog tonight! Come check it out and grab a button :)
    http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/10/your-whims-wednesday-29.html

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  10. elastic thread in bobbin!! im gonna give that a go! :) love the colors of your scarves! they look really cosy!

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  11. I need some elastic thread. Thanks for the tute!

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  12. Thank you for posting such a great tutorial. Can you please share how long you cut the material?
    Thanks,
    Lucinda

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  13. I recently purchased elastic thread for the first time. Looking forward to creating some yummy ruffly scarfs and things! Thanks for sharing with air your laundry Friday!

    xo,
    Jami

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  15. Thank you for the tutorial! Thinking about making one for our family pictures this week!

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  16. This is gorgeous! And so easy, wonderful. Now i just have to get my sewing machine working again...
    thanks for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment on the no sew skirt.
    I am your newest follower and would be honored if you would like to follow back. No hard feelings if not :-).
    have a wonderful day
    Jutta
    http://blog.organized-living-solutions.com

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