From FAIL to Scarf

Well folks, it’s still September… clearly. Which means, it’s still Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Which means, I’m STILL making scarves 🙂

I made a scarf not too long ago that included, I thought, an easy tutorial. But, I get a lot of emails on facebook from friends who know NOTHING about sewing but still want to sew. “Sew” I thought I’d make an easier tutorial for this scarf 😉


What a pretty skirt. It would’ve made a really pretty dress, don’t cha think???  Too bad I FAILED miserably at that attempt!  I’m still bitter about it, but life does go on. I saved the material, hoping that I could salvage it in some way. Luckily there was, indeed, enough to make a scarf 🙂

The first step was to “even” up all the edges. Rotary blade and mats come in handy for this.


I did this on all four sides of my wannabe dress, until I had a perfect squarish piece of material. For those of you that don’t have mats and cutters, you could always just use a ruler to make your lines straight (mark with a wash away fabric pen, of course) and then cut down the marked lines with scissors.

Then, for my next trick I got my Serger ready for a “Rolled Hem.”


Say hello to my little friend! It’s a Janome 8002D that we sell at my lovely Job #1. For rolled hem on a serger, you remove one of the needles (L or R, it doesn’t matter), then follow your manual for other conversions. On mine, all I had to do was turn a couple knobs.

Then, I sewed that stitch along all four sides of my pink scarf and ended up with this:


I use a rolled hem in nearly all my sewing endeavors… not all of you may have a Serger, though. You could just as easily finish the edges of YOUR scarf with a sewing machine.  I’ve also used that method several times: Select your zig zag stitch, adjust your width and length to your preference and voila!

That’s it people! To make a really easy scarf to donate to cancer patients this month (or any month), cut a squarish piece of fabric and finish the edges. No sewing talent required 🙂


Don’t forget to put it in your local donation bin 🙂

The moral of the story here is, even though you may blow chunks making dresses from skirts, you could still save your leftovers. Who knows? Maybe you’ll love your failed result more than you would have your original results.

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