Sunday, January 26, 2014

Simple Hogwarts Double-Layered Fleece Scarves (With Tutorial)

Okay. Meant to post this last week, but I have several excuses, if you would deign to hear them...

1. It seemed rude to post this without including Hufflepuff. (Because they do try, after all).

2. We've been reorganizing the apartment. You wouldn't believe how much stuff two girls who love books and movies, and who both sew/craft (this is admittedly the worst clutter culprit) can accumulate in four years. Okay, we also may have toy dinosaurs, matchbox cars, stuffed animals and action figures, because we're those kind of 'growed-ups'. My room mate also has musical skills, so there's a guitar and keyboard abouts. And various paintings we did in high school and/or college. Anyway, have to say it's looking a lot less messy/cluttery with nouveau storage/shelving.

3. I thought I'd put in a little tutorial with this one, since I had to include the 'special' house anyway... because I grew up in the PC 90s and 'we all get recognized for our participation!' (Okay. Untrue. Failure was still failure in the 1990s. You would just receive a sincere 'nice try' instead of complete beratement for being inept.)

4. This isn't an excuse as much as complete honesty. I'm lazy.
Photos and collage done before I decided Hufflepuff needed to be included after all. But they get to shine in the tutorial.
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Previously on Just Another Crafting Blog... Hogwarts Houses Scarves Set

There was a ton of fleece leftover, and I perhaps had gone a little crazy with the rotary cutter, for I had multiple stacks of fleece rectangles for scarves... sitting in a box... for over a year...  (except apparently I got tired and only cut out what I needed for Hufflepuff for the presents I was actually making).

It was a lot of work finishing the seams with a zig-zag stitch (to look neat/clean), so I decided to try a double-layer method for an easier way to achieve a clean look. I think it turned out rather well, so that's how I decided to do up the rest of the left overs...
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TUTORIAL
 MATERIALS: 
-Fleece
-Rotary Cutters & Mat OR Scissors
-Ruler
-Thread
-Sewing Machine OR hand-sewing paraphernalia 

1. CUT out pieces as follows: (either with rotary cutter, ruler and mat OR scissors)
               -20 rectangles measuring 6x4 inches of COLOR ONE 
                            (Hufflepuff = Yellow, Gryffindor = Gold, Ravenclaw = Pewter, Slytherin = Silver)
               -18 rectangles measuring 6x4 inches of COLOR TWO 
                             (Hufflepuff =Black, Gryffindor = Red, Ravenclaw = Royal, Slytherin = Green)
               -4 squares measuring 6x6 inches of COLOR TWO

2. Using scant* 1/4 inch seams, SEW pieces for one side/length together, alternating colors, so that you have used 10 Color One (Yellow in the example) and 9 Color Two (Black in the example). Sew the larger/square pieces on the ends (Black in this case). REPEAT for the other side/length.

*SCANT in sewing terms means that you're erring on the inside, so that your stitching line would be on the inside of 1/4 inch. The seam allowance (fabric on the inside of the stitching line) will be less than 1/4 inch in this case... more like 3/16 inch.

Make sure seams are all on the same (wrong) side

3. Place the two sides/lengths with Right Sides together, and SEW long sides with scant 1/4 inch seams. 

4. TURN scarf right side out (so all the seam allowances are inside).

PRESS (carefully, on low setting, fleece is essentially plastic and will melt.)


5. CUT fringe on both ends, through both layers of fleece, about 2 inches deep.



6. Attend Quidditch match and declare your house pride!



2 comments:

  1. You're so creative and talented. These are beautiful.

    I'm picturing how crowded your apartment is with creative materials everywhere. That's a good thing!

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  2. awesome scarf. never thought it might be that easy!

    Lyosha
    Inside and Outside Blog

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