I have been completely obsessed lately with jersey knit fabric, specifically tee shirt recycling, or the latest and greatest term: upcycling. In short, it involves taking an item with a specific purpose, like a tee shirt, and turning it into something amazing. This project however is NOT an upcycling project (but I do have more of those to come) because I bought a couple of yards of jersey knit fabric specifically for this scarf.
Having also recently learned about elastic thread, I could not wait to try it out. Per the instructions on the thread, I loaded my bobbin by hand, and used standard thread on the top of my machine. Then I measured and cut two pieces of knit 70" long by 8" wide. I lined up my fabric pieces wrong sides together and began to stitch leaving approximately a 1" seam allowance to create the ruffled, raw edge look I desired.
|This is the 1" allowance. It doesn't really look like it.....but it is. Part of the raw edge has already started to roll the way jersey always does :)|
|The wonderful thing about elastic thread is there's no gathering to achieve the ruffled look. I just sewed like normal and the elastic did all the work. The above photo shows what the fabric looked like exiting the back of my machine as I sewed it.|
|After sewing both lengths of fabric down each side, I was pretty happy with the look, but I did think it needed a little more. So I sewed a third stitch right down the middle, which added the perfect amount of ruffle.|
|Finished product. Because it's knit, the edges are left raw and unhemmed and I love the way they curl in. So with only three straight lines I created the scarf I envisioned in my head.|
|No, I wouldn't wear it with this shirt, but I wanted it to show up clearly so I chose a dark colored top to display the lighter scarf.|
|One of a zillion ways to wear the scarf.|
|And yet another way to show it off. So that's it. Super easy, super quick and super cute. It doesn't get much better than that!|
|My little photographer insisted I take a picture of her wearing the scarf. She's so adorable she'd make a paper bag look good.|
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