Oh the flu! We have have a house full of sickos! When each child has a five day stretch of sickness and you have three children that makes fifteen days of chicken noodle soup, tylenol, doctors visits, sleeping in mom and dads bed, movies, new coloring books. I could go on and on. Now I have a nine month old who won't let anyone hold her but me. Which is very sweet but also a bit exhausting. I managed to create a tutorial for a ruffle scarf I made a while back. It is so easy and the result are very cute. I'm not sure if cute is the right word. I guess dramatic works better. I usually am a little more "understated" with what I wear but I really like this crazy thing. I'm sure I will put it to good use.
To start you will need:
-One simple scarf in the same color that you choose for your fabric. Any length will work. Mine was about 60 inches long.
-One yard of fabric for your ruffles
-A pair of scissors (any color of your choosing:)
-Pins (again, any color of your choosing)
First, cut several long (about 15) strips of your fabric. I cut mine 2 inches wide.
Before you get started you may want to do something to finish the edges of your ruffle strips. The fabric I chose frays like crazy so I zigzagged along each edge.
Next, sew a basting stitch down the middle of each strip of fabric. This can be done on your machine with a long stitch length and loose tension. You can also do it by hand by sewing through your fabric using a running stitch spacing your stitches about a 1/4 inch apart. If you do not know what a running stitch is just google it cause I'm too tired to show you:)
When you come to the end of the fabric make sure that you leave a long "tail".
The next step is to pin your ruffle strip to your scarf in a straight line along the edge of your scarf. Then carefully sew it on stitching down then middle of the ruffle (over your basting stitches). Then you pin your next ruffle on where you left off. Repeat this until you have the entire scarf covered in the ruffles! At least, that's what I did.
For a less dramatic look you could just sew one down each side. Or a few across the bottom. Or in a spiral and make a "ruffle rosette" scarf. Oh, the possibilities are endless. So now, go forth and ruffle on, my friend. Ruffle on!