Easy Peasy Game Day Scarf (Seriously, sew easy!)

Easy Peasy Game Day Scarf (Seriously, sew easy!)

Football season is finally here! It is one of the reasons I love fall. My little town in North Georgia is a true “Friday Night Lights” town and I wouldn’t be a true southern girl if I didn’t love college football as well. Overall, the temperatures in the south in the fall are perfect and, many days, you can still wear shorts and t-shirts to games – but the nights do start to get chilly.



This prompted me to make some cute and ridiculously easy scarfs for those chilly fall football nights.

Supplies

The Easiest Directions Ever

  1. Embroider your school’s ‘saying’ (i.e. Go Canes, Go Noles, etc.) about 8″ above one end of the scarf, centered. I did this by folding the fleece in half, long ways, and then measured up in order to be able to hoop the fleece centered. I hooped 2 layers of Sulky Tear Easy, the fleece, and then one layer of Sulky Heat Away (you could use Solvy, too).
  2. Stitch out the embroidery. I used the same thread in the top and bobbin.
  3. Finish the edges one of three ways:
    1. Serge the edges with a serger. You can do this in the same contrasting color you used for the words or in a matching color. Serger Hack: If you only have one spool of the thread you want to use to serge, wind three bobbins. On a small project like this, it is enough thread to go around the scarf.
    2. Sew the edges using one of the overlocking or decorative stitch on your regular sewing machine.
    3. Turn the edge under and sew. 
    4. Okay, I lied. There is a fourth way. You could do nothing to the edge. It’s fleece. It’s not going to fray. I personally liked using my sewing machine and the overlock stitch best.

Helpful Tip: I want my corners to be round so I used a plastic plate and chalk to mark the curve and then cut the shape. I folded the scarf in half so I could cut both ends at the same time.

That’s it! Really! I told you it was easy. So go make a scarf and cheer on your team. 

Easy Peasy Game Day Scarf (Seriously, sew easy!)

Visit the Team Spirit Shop for Embroider Buddies and team thread colors.

Happy Sewing!




An Easy Burlap Table Runner Perfect For Your Fall Table

Not that you could tell by the temperatures outside, Fall is in full swing.

That means it’s time to make some fun Fall-ish stuff for the house (Don’t tell my hubby, he thinks we have too many Fall decorations as it is). I had some burlap laying around, and I wanted to test the boundaries of machine embroidery on burlap and the results are so cute!

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I love my new table runner! Here are some tips to make your own:

I used an alphabet that came with my embroidery machine for the ‘N’ in the center and used this scroll design from the Sulky Embroidery Clubfall-swirls

And this Pumpkin design from the Sulky Embroidery Club

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I ironed a large piece of Sulky Totally Stable® onto the back of the burlap to stabilize the burlap from shifting around too much and I used Sulky Heat-Away™ Clear Film as a topper.

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I actually hooped everything and it worked out fine, but next time I will probably just hoop a piece of Sulky Sticky+™, and then stick the Heat-Away and burlap together with Sulky KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive and then stick the Heat Away/burlap/Totally Stable sandwich to the Sticky+ .  I would baste this in the hoop, too, because it would be essentially unhooped.

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After I embroidered the ‘N’ and the Pumpkins on the ends, I added the scrolls on top and bottom

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I left the Totally Stable on the back until I finished all the machine embroidery designs on the whole table runner.  (Wrong side shown below.)

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When all my embroideries were done, I decided to add ruffles on the ends. I took two 6″ strips x WOF (width of fabric) and folded them right sides together lengthwise, and sewed the ends with a 1/4″ seam. I clipped the corner to eliminate some bulk in the corner.

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After turning them right sides out, I ironed the strips. I took a piece of string and laid it about a 1/4″ from the raw edge of the strip.burlap-runner-15

Then I zig-zagged over the string.

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Now you just have to pull the string to ruffle the strip! It’s like magic.

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Once I made my ruffle, I clipped the ruffle to the edge of the burlap table topper with Clover® Wonder Clips and sewed it down with a 1/4″ seam. Be careful not to sew over the string so you can pull it out.

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After adding the ruffle, I added backing fabric using the simple pillow case method. Isn’t my backing fabric adorable!

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I top-stitched around the entire piece.

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I love my new table runner!

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Now that I know burlap is so easy, I think I will make a pillow like this one next.

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Happy Sewing!




One Last Minute Thanksgiving Project

Thanksgiving is here and I am sure you are busy preparing to eat your way through Thursday, but just in case you are itching to do one last project, I have a quick and easy one for you.

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I made this last year just before Thanksgiving and it was a big hit on my table. This year, I decided to make a few more so I can give them as gifts to the people who come for Thanksgiving dinner this year.

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Go here for the free pattern download and complete tutorial.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Sewing!