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On the Tenth Day of Christmas

Posted on December 22, 2014 by Rae | 0 comments

I made for my man, a snood/beanie thingy!

 

 

Perfect for a cyclist or any other outdoorsy type, this is another take on the infinity scarf we shared at the beginning of our 12 makes series this year.  This one is a little different and a fantastic introduction to sewing with knit fabrics if you've not tried it yourself already.  Teamed with the more stable fleece lining it glides through the machine so beautifully. I think this makes such a gorgeous present and whips up in no time!

 

 You will need:

 

 

1. Take your knit fabric (we've used the awesome Bikeleidescope from Art Gallery Fabrics.  Art Gallery's knits are super gorgeous with a small amount of elastin so they snap back into shape and never seem to get saggy) and your fleece...

 

2. Pin them together at the bottom long edge, right sides together ...

 

3. sew these together using a ball point needle (which stops you catching the knit fabric as you sew) sew a zigzag stitch so that they can still s-t-r-e-t-c-h but make sure you leave a 5cm gap open at one end - you can see it here at the left hand end of the stitched line.

 

4. Fold your fabric back so that the right sides are facing outwards...

 

6.  mark a point 2cm from the top of the fleece and 5cm in from the edge ...

 

7. and sew a buttonhole. Open out the buttonhole very carefully using a seam ripper.  Take your time doing this, starting from one end and cutting to the middle, then flipping the seam ripper over and cutting the other half of the buttonhole outer-edge-in.  This stops you cutting through the stitches.

 

8.  Repeat on the other end of the fleece so that you have two buttonholes both running parallel with the top edge of the fleece 2cm down and starting 5cm from the side ends of the fleece. They should be positions a bit like this on either end on the top edge of the fleece, like this ...

 

9. fold the top 2cm excess of knit fleece over the knit fabric and pin.

 10. Sew this seam close to the edge with a zig-zag stitch as before.

 

11. You will now be left with a rectangular tube.  Fold the two ends of the tube together and align the knit  parts of the fabrics together and begin to pin the two ends, right sides together.  Work your way around the knit half of the scarf end, making sure they are aligned all the way.

12. Sew the two edges of the knit fabric together, again using a zig-zag stitch.

 

13. continue to sew all the way around your tube.  This will begin to get a bit fiddly as all the scarf will be enclosed within itself.  You'll end up with a scarf that looks like it's been sewn together inside out, like this .... Don't panic though ....

 

14. It made seem and look odd but it's all going to work out in the end!  Remember that 5cm gap you left when you sewed the fleece and knit fabrics together?  This is where it does its job...  

15. Begin to pull your scarf back through this hole.  Do it gently and with patience so that you don't rip any of your seams.  It feels as if it won't work ....

 16.  but in the end ....

 17. It does!  Note the hole still at the bottom here?  All you need to do is slip stitch this little hole up....

 

18. Take your stretch cord and attach it to a safety pin ....

 

19. Insert it into one of your beautiful little button holes and thread it through and out the other. Add your woggle to the end ....

 

20. Tie a knot in the cord and you're done!!!

 

 

Had to get Ripley to try this on for me as obviously couldn't get boy to model as he doesn't know he's getting it for Christmas - and I'm fairly confident he won't read this post now as we've got FAAAR too much to do before the big day.  There is a mountain of pressies for him to wrap while I get on and do the last minute gift and soft furnishing sewing I have to get done.  Nothing like last minute speed stitching, eh? 

 

 Anyhooo - she does look rather fetching, does she not?  Ready for the great outdoors, eh Rippers???

 

 

 

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