6. Repeat steps 2-5 with all of the strips. Cut the thread and knot it on all the strips to secure the length.
7. Sew with a straight stitch on the sewing machine the ends of two 5" strips together to make one long strip. Sew the other 5" strip end to that long strip to make an even longer strip. Repeat the same process with the 7" strips so that you now have two long strips.
In order to sew the ends together, it helps to move the ruffles just slightly away from the end and flatten it out. After it is sewn, you can move the ruffles back. Make sure the scarf does not get twisted during this step so you can keep all your seams on the same underside (been there and done that).
8. Now it is time for the most difficult part in my opinion.....securing the ruffle with the sewing machine. Since you are working with knits, put a ball point needle in your machine. You will basically be sewing over the basting stitch with a sewing machine straight stitch (using a thread matching the color of the scarf) to secure the ruffles.
Start at one end of the scarf, backstitch, and the stitch all the way to the other end.
So what is tricky about that? Well, feeding the ruffles evenly and making sure that when they are stitched that the sewing machine does not flatten them out is the trick. I tried many techniques (and ripped many seams) trying to figure out the best way to do this and I think I finally got it. This may not work for you or your machine, but it is what worked for me.
First, go slowly. The ruffles will shift with the movement into the machine and the scarf through it, so you will need to constantly readjust them slightly. As the material is going through the machine, hold BOTH sides of the ruffles down with your hands like this-
Press down firmly (can you see my hand muscles bulging?) and guide the section through the machine without moving your hands until the section that your hands is touching is through. Release your foot from the foot pedal to stop the needle, reposition the ruffles in the next section and reposition your hands to do it again.
Again, this is the technique that I found that worked the best. I also tried not lowering the presser foot on the machine because it was unbunching the ruffles. This failed miserably because the material was not feeding through. So I learned that I needed the presser foot to be down.
9. Repeat with the other scarf length.
10. OK now the difficult part is over. Take the seam ripper and get rid of the basting thread. This is why you should use an opposite color....so that you can tell which is which.
11. Lay both lengths of scarves on a large surface to see if they are still a similar length after securing the ruffles. They will probably be a little off, but that is OK.
12. Set up the 5" scarf on top of the 7" scarf and center along the seam line. If the lengths are a little off, center it so that you are off equally on both sides. Pin the narrower scarf to the wider scarf at the seam line all down the length of the scarf.
13. Sew the two scarves together along the seam line. Because the ruffles are already secured this is so much easier and requires no special technique. Just make sure the bottom ruffle end does not get folded in and sewn into the seam.
Ta-Da! A thick, double-layered ruffle scarf.
Not so hard huh? The one thing I might do differently next time with this scarf is use 2 60" lengths for each layer instead of 3. I wanted a long scarf so I went with three and it turned out a little too long.
Now for some easy variations-1.
Just don't sew the layers together....just make a single layer and wear it alone-
Less fabric and less time but still tons of style (but unfortunately you still have to complete the most difficult step.)
2. Do a single layer but have two
ruffle seams running through it. So your hand-sewn stitch would look like this-
Using the same techniques described in the tutorial the finished product will look like this (only in green instead of purple)-
The green fabric finished product is ten inches wide but you also play with the width. This scarf is flatter than the double layer one because it is only one layer of ruffles.
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and it inspired you to make your own ruffle scarves. Comment or email me with questions or pics of finished products....I would love to see and feature them.