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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Vintage Scarf

This past Christmas I received my new favorite "crafty" book from my sister-in-law Beth. It's called Handmade Home by Amanda Blake Soule. She also wrote The Creative Family which I hope to be purchasing soon.

After pouring over this book several times I decided to make the doily scarf first for my lovely friend Jennifer, who had a birthday at the end of January.

This time, I only have photos of the finished product. Next time, I will document each step. My favorite blogs are those that post photos that show me what the product is supposed to look like along the way. It just helps.

Doily Scarf


Fabric 1: (1) 6.5" x 63" for the scarf front - I used wool

Fabric 2: (1) 6.5" x 63" piece of cotton for the scarf back - I used a stretchier material because I loved the look of the fabric (yes, I am an amateur sewer!) but I did find it was hard to keep it from puckering because it was so stretchy. I will try cotton next time.

Doilies: (4-6) no larger then 5" in diameter

Buttons: (4-6) of any size

Embroidery needle and embroidery floss

Working with the scarf front, place the doilies evenly across the length of scarf. Pin the doilies in place. Machine stitch the doily to the scarf piece by stitching 1/8” in from the edges of the doily, keeping the fabric taut and flat as you go. I found this to be much easier then I thought. Just keep turning the fabric as you sew around the doily and it’ll be done in no time.

Using embroidering floss, sew a button to the center of each doily, tying off the floss on the wrong side of the fabric.

Lay the scarf front flat, with the buttons and right side facing up. On top of this, lay the cotton back, right side down. Both right sides are now facing each other. Smooth the cotton piece over the wool. Use pins along sides every 4”-6” to hold the pieces together.

Beginning in the middle of one long side of the scarf, begin to stitch a seam. Continue around all four sides of the scarf, stopping 4” before you come to the original starting point and leaving an opening for turning the scarf right side out.

Trim all four corners, being careful to avoid cutting too close to the stitching. Turn the scarf right side out through the opening. Use a chopstick or pencil to gently push out the four corners until they are distinct points. Press. Stitch around the entire scarf, ¼” from the edge, closing the opening of the scarf.


  1. Shlee it's beautiful!! Can't wait to read all about your fun crafts and baking experiences!

  2. I'm gonna be honest. I skipped the "how to" part, but I love your pictures! When I'm not at work, I'll probably go back and read it. :)

  3. I appreciate the honesty. I've been debating whether to always post instructions after sewing projects or just do it when people ask.