Chenille Scarf from a Sheet11:39 AM
1. Cut Strips
5 strips per scarf: 7 1/2" wide, 55" to 65" long (or whatever you think is best and fits your fabric)
I used a vintage full size fitted sheet. It ended up making 2 scarves.
You need to cut your strips on the bias.
Using the fitted sheet, I first cut off the elastic and corner seams so it was flat.
I took two opposite corners and put them together, making the sheet a large triangle. It was too long to fit on my cutting mat, so I folded the point of the triangle back up as shown.
****To get 2 scarves out of my sheet, I did sew some shorter strips together to make them long enough, and just layered the pieced strips in the middle of the scarf.
2. Secure layers together
For this step, I tried 2 different methods.
I first tried to secure the 5 strips with the spray adhesive. This was the recommendation in the blanket made tutorial. Despite my best efforts, it really bunched up the layers and was hard to keep them smooth.
The next scarf I tried instead to make them stiff using starch. Starch is cheap and you just spray the fabric, let it soak in, then iron it. I worked on one half of the scarf, (since my ironing board couldn't fit the whole scarf) starching one layer, then adding the next, soaking it with starch, ironing it, then adding the next on top through all five layers. Then flipped it and starched the other end.
You can see in the photo the starching made the layers much more smooth. But starch didn't really adhere the layers together very well. So the 5 layers were stiff and smooth, but could get out of line.
4. Sew Seams
Working from your center seam to the edges, sew your other seams. You can decide how wide you want your seams. The narrower the seams, the softer the finished chenille will be. For this scarf 1/2" seamed too big, and 1/4" apart seamed like a lot of seams to sew. So I went in the middle and sewed my seams 3/8" apart. To guide, I have this gauge that attaches to my presser foot that helped me keep them even.
Once you get to the edge, stop when you have 1/4" to 3/8" on the edge. My layers got a little off in places, so I did have to trim the edges in areas to make them even from the last seam.
I also used the blue contrasting thread on these.
5. Cut Your Strips
To make the chenille, you cut between your seams.
But for the scarf, you only cut the top 2 layers on one side, then flip it over and cut the top 2 layers on the other side. Then the middle layer holds the whole scarf together.
**So you could add more layers than just 5, but make sure it's an odd number for your total to have the center layer to hold it all together.
To cut all the little trenches between your seams, you can use scissors.
I got this Olfa Chenille Cutter for my birthday last month. It's a cool little blade, you can watch this video here to see all it's options.
So once I'd already started each slit carefully with scissors, I could just shred through them quite fast with my little Olfa blade.
6. Make Fringe
If you want fringe, decide how long you want them, and sew across each end. I put a piece of masking tape on the top to help hold the cut layers the flat. I made my fringe 3.5" long.
Then cut through the center layer, up to your sew line.
Now all you have to do is wash your scarf, and it should start fraying up into soft layers.
Because my sheet was 50% polyester, 50% cotton, a single wash didn't fluff/ fray much. So I took a bristled hair brush and brushed the scarf, and it helped soften the chenille.
Time also helps soften the edges with use, and future washings.