September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. Did you know that? I didn’t! I’m a woman for gripe’s sake, and I had no idea we had a month dedicated to Ovarian Cancer. At Job #1 we decided to participate in a Cancer Outreach Event Sponsored by the Be The Difference Foundation. It’s called called “Love My Scarf”.
Basically, our customers will have the opportunity to make scarves for cancer patients. They can be DIY, Sewn, or store-bought… It doesn’t matter. Just bring in a scarf, drop it off in this bin, and we’ll deliver them to cancer patients on your behalf.
Available for purchase, are Butterfly TEAL ribbon pins as well. All the proceeds go to this organization.
As the sewing instructor at Job #1, I thought it only befitting to MAKE a scarf and provide our customers with an easy (hopefully!) tutorial.
As I scoured through my material, I saw a pair of teal pants I scored at Goodwill for .99 cents. Since TEAL is the ribbon color for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month… it only made sense to make a scarf out of this material! 🙂
Step 1: Cut each pant leg and remove the waistband.
Step 2: “Even” out the legs. I used a rotary cutter and a mat.
Cut the excess material from each side of the pant, using the cutters (or scissors if you don’t have a mat).
Do this with each pant leg.
Step 3: Iron 🙂
Step 4: Pin and Sew 3 of the 4 sides of each pant leg
Step 5: Turn material right-side out.
Step 6: This is where it gets a wee bit tricky… With the raw edges of your one unfinished seam (from each pant leg), sew a single edge together with a straight stitch.
This is what the scarf looks like at this point:
Our scarf is just about complete. We still have one exposed and unfinished edge to contend with… If your material is crazy fray-tastic like mine is, finish the remaining edge with a serger!
Step 7: Wiggle your hand in the little corner you left unstitched and turn the entire scarf right-side out
Step 8: We simply cahn’t leave this pesky edge unfinished! Fold raw edge under and pin in place.
Step 9: Stitch
This is what it should look like after you’ve stitched it:
You’re finished with your scarf! 🙂
I tried my scarf on just to make sure it would be long enough to be versatile
One pant leg would not have been long enough to tie the scarf around my head and in a bow at the nape of my neck. Plus, I wanted some “meat” to this scarf, which is why I left left the pant legs doubled in fabric. After trying the scarf on for myself, I’m really glad I made these decisions. More importantly, I hope whoever receives this scarf will like it!
Step 10: Take scarf to your nearest Donation bin
Step 11: Feel good that you did something thoughtful for a person who’s having a not-so-great day…
To learn more about Ovarian Cancer and the Be The Difference Foundation Organization, click here.