December 23, 2012

Holiday DIY: Last Minute Gift

Filed under: Clothing,DIY,Gifts — by twistedchic @ 4:59 am
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If you are still searching for that perfect present,(the holidays are HERE NOW, so if you are you really procrastinated!) here’s an easy DIY for any maker.   (Also?  DIY means never having to go to the Mall!  Which is good because the Malls are packed full of frantic crazy people this time of year…)

I found a beautiful plaid flannel fabric, perfect for a scarf (and you all know how much I love scarves.  Hint~ it’s a lot!).   This project cost about $2 and took 40 minutes to make.

Both sides are identical

Both sides are identical

The key to picking a scarf fabric is to pick something that’s not printed, so it looks the same on both sides, and to get a fabric that’s a midweight, too heavy is no good.  You’ll need about half a yard for this.  When you get your fabric home, wash it first!  It may shrink and stretch; you want to know this before you stitch it up.  Pull your fabric out of the dryer and trim the raveled ends.  Plaid makes this easy because you can just cut along the stripes.  (Don’t trim the selvedge) Now fold the edges over and iron, you’ll want about 1/4 inch of fold over. 

When you are picking a thread for sewing plaid, I recommend going with something close to one of the darker stripes.

I assume you have a sewing machine, if not this project is going to take a lot longer!  If you do, (and I have a nice HuskyStar that I love) set your machine to a zigzag (or satinstitch) That’s the one that looks like this: /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\

Set the stitch to the widest and shortest setting, placing the needle right where the fold end begins.  Hem both sides, making sure to knot or secure the end of the threads, and snip the extra.

Nice tight stitches /\/\/\/\/

Nice tight stitches /\/\/\/\/

Your seam should look something like this.

And voila!  You have a wonderful handmade gift(s) that didn’t involve braving the Mall crowds~


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