Also view the video that gives these instructions

Scarves are a glamorous alternative to masks

Scarves are easy to make.
Scarves are easy to make! Here’s one I made from fabric left from a blouse that I made.

Today in the midst of this miserable pandemic, everyone is wearing masks. But there is an alternative, suggested by Elizabeth Wellington, fashion staff columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She wrote a column, Stylish must-have: The scarf In her column Ms. Wellington says that scarves bring a welcome bit of brightness to what’s become our daily dose of bad news. She shows Dr. Deborah Birx wearing one of her trademark scarves.

A sewn mask
A sewn mask for CoverAid PHL.

Wouldn’t you love to have an exquisitely beautiful scarf? But they are SO expensive. Or are they?

This post shows how to make a scarf

It’s SO easy to do, but it will take a little time.

Scarf printed with roses
2. This scarf seems to go with almost everything I wear.

Here are some I’ve made. Mine were cut from the same fabric I used to make my blouses (photos 1 and 2).

Scarves are easy to make! You only need some fabric, scissors, some thread, and a hand needle. You don’t even need a sewing machine.

How to cut scarves from chiffon, silk, and other slippery fabrics

Scarves can be cut any number of sizes: squares, triangles, rectangles, long and narrow, short and wide. An easy way to decide the size you want is to wrap a tape measure around your neck. Or you can use a scarf you already have as a pattern.

(Note: If you are making a scarf as an alternative to a mask, consider making it from 100% cotton – see below in this post.)

How to cut difficult fabrics.
3. This diagram shows how to cut a scarf from slippery fabric. In this diagram the scarf is being cut on the bias. Scarves cut on the bias will drape beautifully.

Many fabrics that make good scarves are slippery. But they are not hard to cut if you ply the fabric between tracing paper, or wax paper. Whatever you have (diagram 3).

scarf layout
4. First I laid out the scarf pattern. Then I laid in the hat patterns.
Silk hat and matching scarf
5. Silk hat and matching scarf

Here is a layout I used to make a friend a silk hat and matching silk scarf. In this case the silk was thick, so I didn’t need to cut the fabric sandwiched between tracing paper (photos 4 and 5)..

I first laid in the scarf pattern, then added the hat patterns. I waited to cut until I was sure all the pieces fit.

How to hand-roll the scarves’ edges

Sewing a rolled edge.
6. This is SO easy! First fold down 1/4 inch of the fabric’s edge. Then sew first the fabric below the folded cut edge, then the fold. Repeat, then pull the thread.

Here is how you do it! You roll the edges of the fabric, stitching as you do. Then you just pull on the thread, and the fabric rolls into a thin, beautiful finish. It does take a little time. I always roll the edges of my scarves while I’m watching television (diagram 6).

Hand rolling a scarf
7. Here is a close up of the hand stitching. This scarf was cut from fabric left from a blouse I made.

Photo 7 shows the hand rolling I’ve just done in a scarf I’m currently making. It takes time, but the results are worth it.

Scarves should be cut from 100% cotton, if they are to be used as a mask alternative

8. A scarf cut from left-over fabric from making the CoverAidPHL scarves. This fabric is 100% cotton, so can be used as a substitute for a mask.

Photo 8 shows a scarf cut from fabric left over from making the CoverAidPHL scarves. Because the fabric is 100 % cotton, the scarf can be used as a substitute for a mask.

My son and I are making videos that show high-end design room sewing techniques

Andrew filming videos in his mother's studio.
9. Andrew, filming videos in his mother’s studio. Andrew, a graphic designer, has taken numerous classes with Phillycam. Visit their post for more information about Andrew’s filming techniques.

Andrew is currently editing the the scarf video in which I will show you more about making the scarves. It should go up soon.

Andrew and I have a verbal agreement with to produce a 30 minute video a month, as we are now making sewing videos.

Our first is up on UTube. In that video I show how I made videos for CoverAidPHL. The video is also about how to use mass-production in the home. Minimal equipment is needed. All of the sewing shownin the video is done on a feather-weight sewing machine.

The videos my son and I are making feature a feather-weight sewing machine. The reason? To show that any sewing machine can be used with industrial sewing procedures.

If you wish, while visiting that site you can subscribe to be notified whenever we put a new video up.

PhillyCAM has posted interviews with three producers making shows at home. If you scroll down their post, Andrew is the third one interviewed.  He tells about his filming techniques.
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