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Monday, July 4, 2011

How to make a lace fashion scarf - fast, easy

This scarf was made from salvaged sheer, stretchy lace fabric with other matching (non-stretchy) lace sewn on both long edges and down the middle. It has several soft colors in it: peach, pink, white. The lace strips are allowed to fall below the edge of the stretchy lace for a very feminine, soft look. It measures 6" x 47".

This is a sweet, excellent, light-weight, summer fashion scarf that can also be worn in the winter as a fashion scarf. It is very soft and scrunch-able. It is also very easy to make on your own - either by hand or on your sewing machine!

How to make your own lace, fashion scarf:

1) Gather your supplies -
-You will need a length of lace about 5-6 inches wide and about 48 inches long. Feel free to measure and have a look and see if you want yours wider or narrower or a different length. Use your favorite scarf and measure that one to get a size that works for you. If you are making it for someone else, remember to take their size and height into consideration.

-Consider going to your local second-hand store to have a look in their linen/curtain/fabric section to see if a gently used sheer curtain or long doilie/table runner will work for you. Stretchy lace is nice, b/c it doesn't necessarily need a hem to keep the edges from fraying. 

-You will also need some lengths of narrow lace, that are a bit longer than your scarf, to sew on the edges and down the middle. Get colors that work with your scarf lace/fabric. I used 2 different types of narrow lace (just b/c that's what was here and handy :). Feel free to let the ends dangle longer than I did for an even longer, feminine look.

2) You will need a few straight pins, thread, scissors, something to measure with and either a sewing machine or a needle and thread. This project can be done by hand or on the machine.

3) Measure and cut the basic scarf out of the lace. If your lace scarf is not of stretchy lace/fabric, this is the time to sew a narrow hem along each short end only - see photo on right. We'll take care of the long edges momentarily.

-Measure your narrow lengths of lace to sew on the sides and middle - remember they should be longer and extend past each end of the scarf. Find the middle of all pieces of lace/scarf and mark each with a straight pin.

4) Starting in the middle, with one length of narrow lace on one edge, match middle straight pins, so that the lace extends past the end of the scarf at each end. Pin lace in place with your straight pins. If you are using stretchy lace and your machine, remember that a ball-point needle is best for stretchy fabrics.

5) Beginning in the middle and working toward one end, sew the narrow lace along the edge of the scarf. Use a zigzag stitch on your machine to cover more area and ensure stretchiness. Then go back to the middle where you started, and go the other direction, to the other end of the scarf, sewing. Treat each strip of narrow lace in the same manner.

- If you are using fabric that is not stretchy, you will need to turn under a narrow hem to keep it from fraying.
To do this:
With right side up, turn the hem UP toward the top/front and lay the narrow lace on top of it and secure with straight pins, then sew down, so that the raw edge will be sandwiched under the narrow lace. Depending on the width of your narrow lace, you may want to sew down both edges. I machine zigzagged one seam down the middle of the narrow lace, since the scarf edge on mine was stretchy and didn't need a hem. If a hem was needed, I would have sewn down each edge on the long, narrow strips of lace to ensure lack of fraying on the scarf edge.

The photo below shows the back side of the scarf with the 3 narrow lengths of lace sewn on. You may decide you only want 2 strips of lace - one on each edge. It's up to you. :)

I hope you have fun making your own scarf! Contact me if you have questions or suggestions; I always welcome feedback! :)

And if you would like to purchase the one pictured instead of making your own, you can always go to:

 Where, in a effort to reuse and recycle, all items are one-of-a-kind designs and made with recycled/reclaimed/repurposed materials and garments. 

As always, thanks for Saving the Planet While You Shop! :) 

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