Fabric Scarves

Fabric scarf with button 2I’ve been sewing up a storm in a bit of a pre-Christmas frenzy. Many of the items I’m making will be gifts, so photos of those projects will have to wait. But I have squeezed in some non-gift and early gift projects, too.

The first such item is a scarf for my sister Jenny. I made her one using this same pattern a few years ago, and since she wears it all winter long, I thought I’d add a new one to her rotation.

Fabric scarf with button

The pattern for this scarf comes from the book Fresh Quilting by Malka Dubrawsky. The book project is super scrappy, but I chose to simplify it a bit with fewer fabrics. The pattern calls for all the fabrics to be cut on the bias, so it will curve nicely around the neck. The front is pieced with cotton fabrics and the back is a piece of flannel. The finished scarf is about 4 inches wide and 26 inches long.

I had all the fabric pieces cut out and was sewing them together when I finally realized the dark color in the orange and pink print is actually purple and not chocolate brown. Gah! Luckily, Jenny isn’t the type to care too much about colors matching exactly, but it might be time for some better lighting in the ol’ craft room.

Fabric scarf button detail

The button I used is a vintage one I picked up at a Quilt Market somewhere along the line. The card I bought came with about 6 different buttons, all orange and this same size, but in different designs. By the way, Jenny, I’ve decided everything I make for you will be orange and pink—hope you don’t mind!

Deer scarf

The next scarf I made was one for me. It too has flannel on the back and pieced cotton on the front. It’s about 5.5 inches wide and 70 inches long. Since this one doesn’t need to fit as close to the neck, I didn’t bother cutting the fabrics on the bias. I didn’t use a pattern for this one—I just measured the length and width of a scarf I liked and added 1/4 inch on all sides for the seam allowance.

Scarf fabrics

Once I finished that one, I got to thinking that my mother-in-law Susan might like the gold and gray color palette, too. So I switched up some of the fabrics, and cut the birch fabric a bit differently for her scarf. In my gift-giving rush, I forgot to take a photo of the finished scarf before I gave it to her on Tuesday, but above are the fabrics I used.

I hope you’re doing a bit of holiday crafting, too!

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  1. These are GORGEOUS! Happy Holidays to you and yours, Ms. Doyle!

  2. lovely!

  3. Really lovely scarves. I’d love to try something like this!


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