Now that the weather is starting to cool and you are feeling that chill in there air, there is nothing cozier than a warm cowl scarf. These scarves also make for a really nice and personal gift idea. You can make it to the person’s favorite color or print to show just how personable the gift is. This Cowl Scarf Sewing Tutorial will have you ready for Fall and Winter in no time!
This how to make a cowl scarf sewing tutorial is pretty basic and simple. There is minimal cutting, pinning, and sewing. A perfect starter craft. So if you have been wanting to learn to sew and have been putting it off, now is the time! Or maybe you are a master seamstress and you just want a quick and easy project to use some scraps or to make a few fall birthday gifts. This is your project!
What You’ll Need:
- 1/4 yard Flannel fabric (or similar soft fabric)
- 1/4 yard Sherpa fabric (or similar warm and cozy fabric)
- All-purpose thread
- Sewing clips or Pins
- Sewing machine
- Rotary cutter and mat
- Optional: Chopstick or turning tool
How to Make a Cowl Scarf Sewing Tutorial
Before you begin, wash, dry, and iron the fabric (the sherpa does not need to be ironed!). I always begin with this step. This will help prep your fabric for sewing and keep it from shrinking and messing up your stitches later if you need to wash it after wearing.
To start making your cowl scarf, lay the fabric out on the table or cutting mat. Cut a piece that is 9 1/2 by 32 1/2 inches. You can make the adjustments here if you want your scarf to be larger or smaller. You could do this size for adults and little smaller for kids if you plan to make some of these as gifts.
You need one this size cut from both your pieces of fabric. The flannel piece, will be for the outer fabric and the sherpa will be the lining. You can pick whatever fabric and colors you want here. I went with what I knew would be soft and cozy!
The next step in how to make a cowl scarf sewing tutorial is to lay the lining (sherpa) with the fuzzy side up. Then lay the flannel face down on top of the lining. You want to do it so that the right sides are touching each other in the middle for when you turn the scarf in a later step.
Now, just hold them together with pins or clips along both long sides. Make sure you don’t pin the ends.
Next, you will sew the two pieces together along those long sides, removing pins or clips as you go. You can just line the edge of the fabric with the edge of the sewing foot. Do a lockstitch (see note) at the start and end of both sides.
NOTE: A lockstitch is when you start sewing, push the reverse button to run back over those few stitches, then release the button, and keep sewing.
Now that we are about half way finished with our how to make a cowl scarf sewing tutorial, you will fold it inside itself so that all the raw edges are at one end.
Next, make sure the ends line up and pin them in place.
You will want to pin each type of fabric to itself for this next step. Flannel to flannel and sherpa to sherpa.
Starting on the sherpa side of the fabric, sew the edges together making sure you are only sewing two edges together and not all four as you work your way around. We want that middle area to stay open. If you have a machine that has the front panel that removes, it makes it easier to sew around.
When you are almost done, stop and leave a 3-4 inch opening on the flannel side for turning the cowl scarf right side out.
The next step in how to make a cowl scarf sewing tutorial is to reach inside the opening of your cowl scarf and pull the fabric through so that all the right sides are now outside. It will take a little working to get all the fabric through. Don’t rush this and accidentally tear through your stitches. I also suggest using a turning tool or a chopstick to help with this step. It is super helpful, especially for the corners!
The last thing we need to do is close that opening you just pulled everything through. To do this, simply fold the raw edges slightly inside so you have a smooth edge showing on the outside.
Pin in place to hold it closed.
Then sew as close to the edge as you can to close it up. Do a lockstitch at the start and finish on this.
Just be sure you are only sewing the flannel opening and not to the sherpa side. That’s it! You’re done with this cowl scarf sewing tutorial!
Now you have a beautiful Cowl Scarf that is perfect for those cool Fall nights, on into the cold days of Winter. If you don’t live in a cold climate simply turn the air up put on your scarf and make you a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy your creation! As I mentioned earlier, this cowl scarf would make a great gift for kids or adults. This is an easy way to save on your holiday shopping this year! We have tons of other great gift ideas to save this year as you get ready to finish out your shopping lists. Making handmade gifts is a great way to give a meaningful gift.
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- Lay the fabric out on the table or cutting mat.
- Cut a piece that is 9 1/2 by 32 1/2 inches. You need one this size cut from both your pieces of fabric.
- Lay the lining (sherpa) with the fuzzy side up. Then lay the flannel face down on top of the lining.
- Pin the two together along both long sides.
- Sew the two pieces together along those long sides removing pins as you go. You can just line the edge of the fabric with the edge of the sewing foot. Do a lockstitch at the start and end of both sides.
- Now fold it inside itself so that all the raw edges are at one end.
- Make sure the ends line up and pin them in place.
- Starting on the sherpa side of the fabric, sew the edges together making sure you are only sewing two edges together and not all four as you work your way around.
- When you are almost done, leave a 3-4 inch opening on the flannel side.
- Reach inside the opening and pull the fabric through so that all the right sides are now outside.
- Fold the raw edges slightly inside so you have a smooth edge showing on the outside.
- Pin in place to hold it closed.
- Sew as close to the edge as you can to close it up. Do a lockstitch at the start and finish on this.
- You're done!
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