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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Selfish Sewing: Shirred Scarf

You can see the bobbin side of the shirring in this shot.
In an effort to expand my wardrobe, and bust my fabric stash, I've been sewing a bit more for myself lately, and may I just say that it feels great. I've made a couple of scarves lately, and I love how quick and easy they are to make.  I also love that one size fits all. If you are trying to think of something to give a new mama, a scarf is a perfect option.





This particular scarf is a shirred scarf.  It was made by using two widths of material that were sewn together to form a long strip (I believe that I cut my material to be 9 inches wide).  I used a narrow rolled hem to finish off the edges, and I then shirred two rows using elastic thread. My shirred rows are roughly 3 inches from each edge.

You can find my tutorial for this scarf here.



One thing that I'd really like to do this year is use up the fabric that I've collected over the past couple of years.  I've picked up fabric on sale, but unfortunately it seems that I've collected it quicker than I've been able to use it up.  This particular fabric I've only had since June, but still that is 6 months. I'd like to use the fabric I have before I decide that I no longer like it.  

So, what are your favorite stash busting projects, and how long do you hold onto fabric before passing it on?  I'm thinking that eventually I'll have to have a fabric stash swap with some local sewists.



5 comments:

Lynette @ My Craft Discovery said...

oh man, I know what you mean about scraps! I went through my whole stash last week, folding all my scraps into mini-mini bolts. (My regular fabric is on mini bolts!:). I realized I have as many (or more) scraps as I do actual yardage of fabric. I'm going to be finding some fun scrappy things to do as well. Embellishing a lot of things like onesies and maternity clothes, but hopefully I'll find some projects that really put a dent in the stash.

Emily said...

That is a really cool material. It looks great gathered up and with the darker rolled hem.

The Marshall's said...

Oh my goodness!! Such a cute scarf!!!!! awesome! hum...my birthday is coming up....... :)

Nifredil said...

How cool is this! Simple but so pretty. I would love to have detailed instruction. It would be great gift as well as nice addition to wardrobe.

Heather F. said...

Very cute!!! I love the jacket too!