Anyone else sewing last minute gifts? It seems like I only find time to sew gifts is in the middle of the night, when the fabric store is closed and I can barely focus. So I went rummaging through my stash and my cluttered mind for something easy to make with supplies I have on hand. I decided on this flower scarf which I had seen in a pattern and in RTW.
Drafting the pattern
Drafting the flower pattern was a little bit of a mystery. I tried 2 other drafts using math, angles and other confusing things. My mind just doesn’t work well with numbers late at night. Drawing it on paper made everything really clear. To draft the pattern you start with four squares that are 3” by 3”. Then you draw four 3” circles. After that you draw two diagonal lines from corner to corner. Then you draw four more circles along the diagonal. Lastly you draw 2 more lines from the center to where the outer most point where the circles overlap to make your stitching templates. See red outline below. The 8 circles will be the final size of your flower. If you want it larger or smaller you adjust the size of the square and circle. If you like it as I’ve drafted it, you’re in luck. You can just download my pattern.
Cutting the pattern
The pattern is just a circle. Each flower takes 8 circles. The pattern takes 10 flowers to make a 48” scarf. I made 9 flowers because that’s all the fabric I had. I used what should have been the sleeves of my Victory Pattern Lola dress had I bought enough fabric. The fabric was just too beautiful to waste and is the perfect fabric for this scarf. To eek out enough circles, I chalked the circle pattern nesting them like biscuits and cut them using scissors. I have a circle cutter but the fabric was too soft and didn’t stay in place as I was cutting.
Slow sewing the flower method
Step 1: Place 2 circles wrong sides together and sew together using the edge of stitching template 1 as a guide.
Step 2: Open up the 2 circles and fold the top flap to the left side. Place another circle piece underneath, again wrong sides together. Use stitching guide 2 and sew along the edge of the template.
Step 3: Repeat step 2 for the rest of the 5 circles for 8 circles total. You’ll sew circle #1 to circle #8 to complete the flower.
For those who want to sew quicker you can sew like the factories and sew pieces continuously. By that I mean that you sew one piece after another without taking it out of the machine. This way you save time and thread.
Step 1: same as Slow Sewing step 1 above. But instead of taking the piece off the machine, you leave a tiny bit of thread in between and sewing circle #1 to #2 for all ten of the flowers. Clip the threads tails.
Step 2: same as Slow Sewing step 2. Again you leave a small piece of thread and sew circle #2 and circle #3 for all ten of the flowers.
Step 3: repeat sewing circle #3 to #4 x 10, #4 to #5 x 10 etc until you get all 8 circles sewn. You will need to leave more thread between the sets as the flowers get bigger.
Sewing the scarf
The last step is to sew the 10 flowers together to make the scarf. To do this, place flowers wrong (flat) side together and sew across the outer corner of one of the petals.
You can sew these end to end or staggered like I did.
As I’m writing these instructions it seems more complicated than it really is. You’re cutting a bunch of circles and sewing them together. It’s pretty mindless as long as you keep the sets of flower pieces organized. You can make it more complicated by having the flowers in different fabrics or having different fabrics within a flower. Make it more complicated at your own risk. I’ll just stick with one fabric.
Happy (holiday) sewing,