Well, we just couldn’t resist getting fancier. Here are four fleece scarves, two that are hand-stitched with felt and two that are machine-stitched with quilting fabric. This post is on the two scarves on the right side of the photo, and next post will be about the two scarves on the left. Meanwhile, please join us for our Softies for Foster Kids project. All year round, we collect handmade small soft toys for foster children in local counties.
The ends of a scarf can just scream for a little decoration, and an applique is a simple way to doll up any scarf. (Note that putting appliques elsewhere on the scarf can add unpleasantly to its bulk.) A number of web sites offer free applique designs. You can applique on only one end (as with the scottie dog in the photo) or applique on both (as with the rocket ship scarf, which has a moon and two stars on the other end.) Simple designs work great on scarves, and www.freeapplique.com is a good place to start. It’s where I got the doggie pattern.
Featherweight double-sided fusible interfacing makes it easier to place and temporarily secure the design on the scarf before attaching it more permanently with thread. Check out this extensive demo on how to applique with fusible fleece if you want all the ins and outs.
Once the applique is pinned or fused in place, it’s fine to machine-stitch. But I also like the homemade look of hand-stitching. The scottie is attached with a running stitch, while the rocket uses both running stitch and whip-stitch. These stitches leaves the edges raw, but felt doesn’t ravel, so that’s okay. People can be intimidated by the idea of stitching by hand, but in reality very simple stitches make great effects. And don’t forget rustic is in style!
Next post: Pink pocket and mod strip