Hello, and welcome to the very first Whimsberry sewing challenge! I have been planning these challenges in my head for a very long time and I am overjoyed that the first one is actually here! So again, hello, and thank you for reading. If all goes well, we will be launching a sewing challenge on the first of every month for the rest of the year! Yay! Exciting!
For this first challenge, I received a lot of feedback that it should be easy for both of us. A test of sorts to see what can be done. I thought, and thought, and went over all of the possible options for an easy pattern and I landed on what I think is the perfect first project; a square vintage styled hair scarf.
Normally a square scarf has a very small rolled hem. As this edge can be a bit tricky for the beginner sewer, I have chosen to do a larger, pressed edge. I believe this will be an easier process for all you beginners, and it has a very beautiful, quilting type finish. It is an edge that will need to be done with a cotton or similar fabric that is easily pressed, so pick out your fabric well. If you are wanting a satin or silk like fabric, we will have to revisit the rolled hem in a future challenge! And that will give us both something special to look forward to!
So, what you are going to need for this challenge?
- Fabric - About 3/4 of a yard (cotton or cotton blend)
- A sewing machine that does a straight stitch (hint, most of them do)
- Straight surface (ruler, cardboard, picture frame, box)
- Cutting board/roller cutter - not necessary, but grab them if you have them!
- An Iron
- An excited, happy disposition and the ability to thread a sewing machine
Go ahead, grab all your stuff and lets get started!
Once you have your gorgeous fabric picked out, measure out about 24" and cut. Then line up the selvage edges together. If the fabric does not line up, take it and stretch it a bit from corner to corner. This should align the warp and weft threads back to straight. You may have to do this more than once to get it where you want it to be.
Next you will want to cut the raw edges of the fabric to make them straight. Line up the selvage edges once again. I like to fold it up once more to have a smaller surface to work with, but you can keep it doubled if that works better for you. If you have a cutting board and roller cutter, now is your time to use it! If not, just find a 90 degree angled surface in your house and line the selvage edge of your fabric up to it. Mark the raw edge of your fabric where the 90 degree angle is, and cut.
Once you are are finished straightening your fabric, you will want to open up the fabric and lay it face down on your table or cutting surface. Bring the bottom left corner up and line the selvage edge up 1/2" above the raw edge. Cut up through your fabric following the raw edge to the top. Next cut off 1/2" of the selvage edge to form a square. This is your scarf, without a finished edge! Yay, are you getting excited yet? Don't go running around the house with it just yet, you don't want to get it all wrinkled before the next step!
Next, keep the fabric folded and starting with the top corner (raw edges up), measure down 1/2 inch and mark, then measure down 1/4" and mark. After this, use your ruler or straight edge to draw a line on the fabric at a 90 degree angle from the 1/2" mark to the 1/4" mark. This is your very small sewing line that you are going to follow for each corner. Mark each of the four corners in this manner and then sew your little tiny seams, remembering to backstitch at the top and bottom. You may need your reading glasses for this one.
Now that all of your little corners have their tiny little seams, you are going to trim off the extra bit of corner to make it easier to turn out. Make sure to leave 1/8"-1/4" past the seam so it is secure, and flip them all out. Use something pointy like a pen or knitting needle to gently push the corner to a beautiful point. Be careful doing this, you want to be gentle, no poking unnecessary holes in your cute fabric corners.
Next, press each of the long edges of the fabric in 1/4", and then again another 1/4". The seams at the corners should line up and fold into it's self to create a beautiful little corner seam. Pretty, isn't it? You should be proud of this tiny achievement. Remember it for future quilting projects if you have the interest, or use it to amaze your non-sewing friends. Also, feel free to pin your pressed hem before sewing, just remember to take the pins out before your needle gets to them.
After all of the edges are pressed in (and maybe pinned), carefully take your almost finished scarf over to your threaded and waiting sewing machine. Keep the pressed side up so that you can see the line you are following. Sew 1/8" from the inside edge (or closer if you dare) all the way around the scarf in one continual line of stitching. I like to start about 2" down from one of the corners so that the presser foot has enough grip on the fabric. It's just easier than trying to start at the point of a corner. Backstitch to start and then backstitch again when your stitching line meets up and you have sewn the whole hem! Good for you, look at you go! Now trim off your strings and admire your cute new scarf!
Ok, how does your scarf look? Are you proud? I'm proud of you and I'm not even there! It's now time to run around and show it off to your happy house mates, and also time to start planning it into your next fantastic outfit!
Now that you have had time to try on your new scarf, I want to share with you the GIVEAWAY part of this challenge!! The photo above shows the two scarves that I made for this challenge, and I will be giving them away to one of you at the end of the challenge. If you completed the Whimsberry sewing challenge, please take a photo of your finished project and post it to your Instagram feed or stories! Make sure you tag us @whimsberry in the post so that we are notified and you will be automatically entered into the giveaway!! Please also feel free to use the hashtag #whimsberrychallenge in any related photos! We want to see any of your progress in this challenge. Yay!! The first Whimsberry sewing challenge ends Wednesday September 22, 2020 @ 10:00pm MST and the winner will be drawn and announced on Thursday September 23, 2020 @ 10:00am!
Good luck to all of you sewers out there! I cannot wait to see your wonderful designs and how you choose to style your Whimsberry Vintage Styled Scarf after. Feel free to message me on Instagram if you have any questions!
Happy Sewing to all of you, I cannot wait to see what you sew up!
Miss. Whimsberry - The Pinup Seamstress
*Definitions in this tutorial:
- Selvage edge: The manufacturers edge of the fabric. It is usually tighter woven with white, shapes or writing on it.
- Warp: Used in woven fabrics. The thread that is the lengthwise component of a weave. The structure thread, running the length of the fabric.
- Weft: Used in woven fabrics. This is the thread that is woven through the warp fabrics. It will run from selvage to selvage.
- Face: The outer side of the fabric that is the most colorful. It's the printed side on most fabrics
I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and that it was easy to understand without being too much information. I also hope that you are happy with your finished new vintage inspired hair scarf! Thank you so much for joining, and please leave me a comment if you have any info on how this challenge went for you, or advice on how to make the next one better!