Friday, 3 August 2012

Fall Neck Wrap - Pattern and Tutorial

Here is a free pattern for a Fall Neck Wrap (good for spring too but since fall is approaching that seems more appropriate as a name).  It is a great way to show off a fun print and/or a pretty button.  You can also make the inside and outside different colors for a nice contrast (directions for making it reversible are below).

 To get started you will need:

Pattern piece 1 and pattern piece 2

1/2 yard of fabric (I made mine with quilting cotton but I am planning to make a few in flannel as well.  I am pretty sure you could make this with fleece too but you might want to add a 1/2 inch or so to allow for the thickness of that kind of fabric.) PRE-WASH any fabric you use.  You don't want it to shrink after you make it.

Thread, sewing machine, scissors, pins, etc

Small piece of fusible interfacing

Button (Any size will work but, on most of the wraps I made, I went for the biggest button for which my machine could make a button hole.  I am NOT interested in hand sewing buttonholes and I am still working on making a good machine buttonhole without the automatic setting)

1. Print and cut out the pattern pieces.  Be sure to use 8 1/2x11 paper and make sure the there is no scaling.  Match the dots and tape the 2 pieces together.

2. Cut your fabric. 

3.  Iron a small piece of fusible interfacing on the wrong side of the fabric where you plan to sew the button.

4.  Place the two piece of fabric with right sides together and sew around using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  Leave a 2-3 inch opening along the bottom.

5.  Trim your seam allowances (if you want - it doesn't make a whole lot of difference on this project) Notch the round corners.  Note- you might want to notch/trim a little better than I did in this picture - I ended up going back and making this one a little neater.

6.  Turn the the project through the opening you left so the right sides are out. You might want to use the back end of a knitting needle or something similar to help you get all the corners fully pushed out.

7.  Finger press or iron the edges flat.

8. Topstitch around the entire neck wrap (about 1/8 inch from the edge).
Looks like this one needs to be ironed again. . .
9.  Wrap the fabric around your neck to check the button/buttonhole placement (you want them to be in the same spot on opposite sides.  Mark your buttonhole with chalk.  I tried vertical and horizontal placements and I found horizontal (like on most coats) worked better.

10.  Sew the buttonhole and attach the button*.  DONE!!

*If you use 2 different fabrics and you want to make this scarf reversible just sew two buttons, one on each side in the same spot.  On this one I used two small buttons on each side (4 total). 

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