If you've never worked with stretch jersey (or probably any stretchy knit), you have no idea how insane it can make a person. I have no idea how those participants on Project Runway can deal with jersey over and over (by choice) under that sort of pressure. I would never last a second. It can get caught in the sewing machine teeth (the things that pull your fabric along as you sew), it can pull or snag while you're stitching it. Don't even get me started on the pain it is to cut the stuff (unless you have one of those sweet rotary cutting tools...which I may need to get soon). So I decided to give it another chance, and it was worth it. I was patient and in the end no one was hurt and I didn't threaten to burn all the jersey fabric in the world in a large molten pit along with my sewing machine.
So here are the two items of inspiration, which also came with tutorials.
|I read through this tutorial.|
|And I read through this tutorial.|
And then, as usual, I just made something up as I went along.
Stuff you'll need:
a sewing machine (although you could do it by hand)
scissors (or if you're awesome, you can use your rotary cutter)
jersey fabric (it's expensive...just FYI...about $14 a yard or so)
So here is my tutorial (be sure to read through carefully, and then later ignore...as I would):
|My fabric (two yards) was 60 inches wide (standard bolt width) by 72 inches long (two yards). I wanted to get three scarves out of that cut of fabric so I CAREFULLY cut it into three sections of 20 inches wide.|
So braid your two narrow strips and you end up with something like this (I rolled it up for the purpose of this photo but you can see the two ends at the bottom of the photo...the ends that I didn't cut all the way through. It's sort of Rapunzel-esque.
So after the braiding is done, you need to lay things out to sew. Here are the ends of the scarf. You have a braid (1), a solid piece (2), and a braid (3) and that same thing on the other end (4, 5, 6). With all the braiding, the solid piece ends up being longer than the braided pieces. That's okay. You can snip that off because you'll need it later.
So now you need to sew (by hand or with the machine). Just lay out a braid, then on top of it the solid piece, then a braid. I started with the braids that had the un-cut ends (numbers 4 and 6 above) since I figured they'd be easier to sew and I was trying to manage my jersey-rage. Just lay the three pieces stacked together on the sewing machine and stitch away! It doesn't have to be pretty because you won't see it in the finished product.
|It's not your monitor. Yes, this scarf is brown. I made a brown one first out of a scrap of jersey |
I had from the jersey-rage project of 2009.
Then do that same thing for the other end, so you have both ends of the scarf sewn closed. Next you need to sew them together to make the scarf into a loop.
|Both ends of the scarf have been sewn closed.|
|Lay one of the ends on top of the other so they overlap a little, and then sew the whole thing to form a loop scarf.|
Finally, take that little piece you cut from the solid piece of fabric earlier (the tutorial image with the numbers on it), and use it to cover the sewn ends. I rolled my ends a little as I was pulling this piece of fabric around them because I felt it would have a better fit around your neck that way and keep the whole thing from being too bulky when you wear it looped around your neck twice.
|Just pin it and stitch it closed by hand.|
|And thanks to the Princess of Pumpkin Spice for help with the photos!|