Sunday, November 4, 2012

{DIY}15-Minute Furry Cowl-Neck Scarf : Handmade Gift Idea under $10

Well hello and happy November to you!  It is truly the season of gift making, and while I made this little scarf to keep my own neck cozy as the temperatures drop, it would make a great gift too!  

I had never sewn with faux fur before, but it was sooooo easy and so forgiving.  You can hardly even see the seams.  I scored this piece of fabric in a bargain bin for only ¥540, which is about $6.00.  My mom is visiting from the States and we found the most amazing fabric store about 15 minutes from my house.  It's called Swany and it's in Kamakura.  I've found fabric (well actually everything) in Japan to be very expensive.  If you're thinking you could buy some really cute Japanese fabrics cheaper because you're in Japan, you'd be wrong.  Anyway, Swany has an entire building dedicated to bargains and sales - full of remnants.  This place is like fabric heaven in Japan - and it was evident by the business they were doing.  I also bought a pattern (though it's all in Japanese....) to make Charlotte a turtleneck dress - I'll let you know how that one turns out.
Anyway, here's the simple instructions for this scarf.  I'm serious when I say it takes 15 minutes- 30 if you're a really slow sewer.  It's 3 seams- you can do that right?  Of course you can.  AND it only takes 1/2 a yard so that should be under $10 - sweet.
Here's what you'll need:
1/2 yard of faux fur with some nice drape (if it's too stiff it won't lay nicely around your neck)
sewing machine/thread

STEP 1:  Cut your fabric so that it's 18"x37".
STEP 2:  Fold it right sides together, aligning the long edges.  Pin together, marking off an opening of about 8" near one end.

Sew together using a 3/8" seam allowance (but leave the opening) to create a long tube.  
Turn right side out.

STEP 3: This is the only tricky part.  Turn the end (with the opening near it) inside out and pull it towards the other edge like this:

Continue pulling it until the edges align.  You should be able to see the opening.  If you can't, you won't be able to turn it right side out.  

Pin along the edges and then sew.
STEP 4:  Reach your hand through the opening and pull the right side out.  You should have a nice loop - with a small opening.

Now pin the opening closed and topstitch it together.
 I tried to take a picture of the seam - but the fur just fluffs up and you can really can't even see it!
There you have it!  A simple, inexpensive gift idea - have fun!!

1 comment:

  1. That looks fab! The fake fur is certainly a bargain too, considering Japanese prices lol
    Good luck with the pattern! I've sewn using some Japanese pattern books (which thankfully had lots of diagrams) and most of it was straightforward. Somebody made a guide to understand the patterns in the book, I don't know if the glossary at least is useful to you? Here's the link anyway, if you're interested!


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