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Scarf in a Cinch

 

Free project instructions to make a scarf in a cinch
When a chill is in the air, a stylish scarf is the perfect accessory!

This scarf uses a clever clasp, embellished with a freestanding lace snowflake. You can adjust the style and fit for it to be just right.

Read on for instructions to make this cozy fleece scarf!
 

Free project instructions to make a scarf in a cinch


Supplies Needed:

**1/2 yard fleece (58" wide)

**Heavy weight water soluble
   stabilizer, such as Sulky
   Ultra Solvy or Vilene. We'll
   use this to make the lace
   snowflake, and to embroider
   on the fleece.

**Air-erase pen or
  dressmaker's pencil (for
  marking and placement)

**Needle and thread for some
  hand sewing



Designs Used:

I used a medium size snowflake from the Light & Lacy Snowflakes design pack for the scarf clasp. For the main part of the scarf, I used designs from the medium and large Snowflake Fancy (Vintage) design pack. You'll find a flurry of designs perfect for your scarf by visiting the winter-themed departments in the Seasons category.

Finished Size:  12" wide by 58" long

 


Free project instructions to make a scarf in a cinch
 

I'll begin by embroidering the lace snowflake, which will be the decoration on the clasp.

Hoop a piece of water soluble stabilizer (I used Vilene).



Free project instructions to make a scarf in a cinch
 
Since both sides of the lace will be seen, wind a bobbin with the same thread you will be using in the needle.


Free project instructions to make a scarf in a cinch
 

Attach the hoop to the machine and embroider the design.

I use a sharp sewing needle, size 75/11 or 11, to embroider freestanding lace. (A sharp sewing needle has a finer point than an embroidery needle.)



Free project instructions to make a scarf in a cinch
 

When the design has finished, carefully trim around the design to remove the excess stabilizer.



Free project instructions to make a scarf in a cinch
 

Soak the lace in warm water from the tap for 5 to 10 minutes. Instructions may vary depending on the water-soluble stabilizer that you are using.

Blot the lace with paper towels and allow it to dry completely.

When the lace has dried, press with an iron; use a pressing cloth over the lace to prevent scorching.



Free project instructions to make a scarf in a cinch
 
The lace has a loop at the top. You can remove it if you wish. Trim the loop where it meets the outer border of the design, being careful to not cut any of the border stitches.


Free project instructions to make a scarf in a cinch
 
To prepare the loop portion of the clasp, cut a piece of fleece to 4" wide by 7" high. Fold the fabric, right sides together and with the long edges aligned, pin in place, and sew a 1/4" seam along the long raw edges only.


Free project instructions to make a scarf in a cinch
 
Turn the fabric right side out and insert one end inside the opposite end about 1/2". With needle and thread, hand sew the ends together.


Free project instructions to make a scarf in a cinch
 
Position the center of the lace design over the seam on the loop, center it side to side on the seam, and hand sew in place. And the clasp is complete!


Free project instructions to make a scarf in a cinch
 
To prepare the scarf for the embroidery, cut a piece of fleece to 12" wide by 58" long.

I am embroidering light and airy designs onto the scarf. They'll be visible from both sides of the scarf, so I'm going to take an extra step to make them reversible.

To do this, I'll put water-soluble stabilizer on the back of the fleece, and use it as a topping as well. Cut a piece of water-soluble stabilizer a bit larger than your hoop and lay the stabilizer on top of the bottom portion of the hoop.


Free project instructions to make a scarf in a cinch
 
Mark the area on the scarf where you'd like to place the designs. I'm positioning the designs about six inches off the end of the scarf.

Place the fleece on top of the stabilizer, then put another piece of water-soluble stabilizer on top. This serves as a "topping," and helps keep the stitches from sinking into the fleece.

Hoop all three layers together.


Free project instructions to make a scarf in a cinch
 
Wind a bobbin with the same color you will be using in the needle. If the design has more than one color, change the bobbin each time you change the needle thread color.

Attach the hoop to the machine, load the design, and embroider. Repeat the hooping process for all the designs that you wish to put on the scarf.

I embroidered the designs at each end of the scarf.
 

As you finish embroidering the designs, tear the remaining water soluble stabilizer from the front and back of the scarf. If any small bits remain, wet your fingertips with water and gently brush the stabilizer away. Or, you can soak the fleece in warm water until the stabilizer dissolves away. A third option is to simply machine wash the scarf. I washed my scarf in cold water on a delicate setting and then let it air dry.



Free project instructions to make a scarf in a cinch
 
If you like, you can fringe the ends of the scarf. Using an air-erase pen, measure and mark 5" up along each side starting at the bottom corners and draw a line connecting the marks. Make a mark every inch along the line you just drew and the end of the scarf. Draw lines connecting the marks and cut along the lines starting at the bottom and stopping at the horizontal line.


Free project instructions to make a scarf in a cinch
 
To add the clasp, insert one end of the scarf through the loop (embroidery side facing up). Push the clasp up about 1/3 of the length of the scarf.


Free project instructions to make a scarf in a cinch
 
With the remaining 2/3 of the scarf, form it into a loop and insert the other end through the loop from the opposite side of the clasp.

Free project instructions to make a scarf in a cinch

Make a scarf as unique as you by choosing your favorite fleece fabric and embroidery designs!

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