Like many others, I've decided to sew some of my Christmas gifts this year.
|Sheer Butterfly Scarf|
Still need to be ironed...
So, when I was browsing at the fabric store and saw this incredible sparkly, sheer butterfly fabric, I thought of my mother's love for butterflies, and my own love for delicate shades of pink.
(She doesn't follow my website or I wouldn't mention this yet.)
(<-- <-- <-- <-- <--<-- <-- <--You can see how sheer this fabric is, and the delicate butterfly, but I'm afraid its sparkliness doesn't really show - but it's there.)
First I thought, no... not for winter, but then I thought... not every scarf is for warmth - some can be just for prettiness.
After all, who doesn't need something pretty now and then?
Getting the Sheer Fabric Cut
I told her I wanted one-yard.
She asked what I was making.
I said a scarf.
She asked what kind of scarf.
I told her, just a normal scarf that hangs down.
She must have assumed I have never sewn, or maybe that I would have no other use for the extra fabric, because she went into a very long, detailed explanation of how to make a scarf, and that because the fabric was 60-inches wide, I would need no more than 1/3-yard for a scarf.
Then she asked again how much I wanted.
I told her I wanted one-yard.
I wasn't being a smart-alec, or ignoring her - I just had other ideas for the excess fabric.
After giving me a very disgusted look, and letting out a frustrated sigh to let me know I had offended her, she grudgingly cut the yard of fabric.
How to Make Sheer Butterfly Scarves
|Finished Sheer Scarf|
So, here are the steps I followed, and they worked so beautifully, I wanted to share.
- Cut the strip of fabric, 12-inches wide and 60-inches long.
- (One yard will make three scarves as long as the fabric is 58 or 60-inches long.)
- Fold in one corner about 1/4-inch, on the diagonal, then fold it over again.
- (You could use silk pins, but I just held it with my fingertips to avoid the risk of damaging the sheer fabric.)
- Fold one edge over 1/4-inch, then fold it again, so it folds over the corner fold, kind of anchoring it.
- (Again, you could use silk pins to secure this double-fold, but I just held it with my fingertips and it worked fine.)
- Test your machine's settings on a tiny scrap of sheer fabric to make sure the tension is set right for sewing delicate fabric.
- (As a rule, delicate fabric requires heavy presser foot tension to keep it from sliding.)
- Sew very close to the inner fold-line, hemming as close as you can get without missing the folded edge.
- (The folded edge will almost resemble a small, sheer tube, but it will flatten as you sew.)
- When you get a few inches from the next corner, stop sewing, with the needle down so the scarf stays put, and repeat the corner double-fold, and create the double fold for the next side of the scarf.
- Sew all the way to the edge of the fabric, then back tack two or three stitches.
- With the needle down. turn the scarf 1/4 turn, and back tack the next side's corner, then keep folding and sewing.
- Repeat the corner folding and side hem folding until you have stitched all the way around the scarf.
- Clip off stray thread-ends, then iron the hemmed edges.
- (If you forgot to check the fabric's care label on the bolt when you bought the fabric, err on the side of caution - always.)
- Set the iron on the cool-to-lukewarm setting and use a damp pressing cloth to protect the delicate sheer fabric.
- Or, test the warm iron on a scrap of the fabric, if you have any, to make sure it doesn't melt the fabric.