Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Sew and Tell: blanket scarf with fabric flowers

I jumped on two bandwagons with this project – a cowl neck scarf and scorched fabric flowers.

I started with a piece of fleece blanket leftover from covering our dog’s bed. The blanket was on sale for $2.99 and after finishing the dog bed, the piece I had leftover was the perfect size to make a scarf. I also used fabric from my stash for the flowers and beads from some old bracelets.

The scarf seemed a little too plain, so I thought it would be the perfect time to try out another hot craft (no pun intended) – fabric flowers with burned or scorched edges.

To make the fabric flowers you simply cut out circles using a synthetic satiny type fabric making each circle a little smaller. I cut about seven circles using a cream colored satin fabric and very wide copper colored organza ribbon.

Hold your circles close to a candle flame or use a long barbeque lighter. I tried both methods and found the candle flame left more black scorch marks but was easier to control since you have both hands. Turn your circle until all the edges are slightly melted and start to curl.

Caution: the edges of the synthetic fabric melt and are very hot and sometimes catch on fire. This is a project to do near a sink or outside. Also, I used tongs to hold the smaller circles to the flame.

Sew your circles together and add beads or buttons to the middle.

Here’s a nice tutorial with photos of the process.

From a $2.99 blanket to a dog bed and a scarf.

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  1. Wow - what a great project - just stunning.
    I loved the fact you recycled using what was old to make something new.. I am also new to your blog - love it.. Thanks ☺

  2. this is really very soft and pretty! What a great idea!

    I am stopping by from What Ever Goes Wednesday, would love to have you stop by my blog and check out my project :)

  3. Wow... very beautiful! I am a new follower... come visit me and be sure to join my Sweet Saturdays Link Party!

  4. Very elegant. Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!


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