Kerchief: Free Step by Step Sewing Directions

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    Sew a Simple Kerchief
    Embellish a Kerchief. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    These simple kerchiefs are the rage in my area. When shopping with the kids I was totally floored by the workmanship on these. We found one in a dollar store, with totally raw edges and irregular stitches. One washing and they would be rags. I have also seen packaged ones at convenience stores for five dollars. After seeing the dollar store variety, I would be skeptical of making the purchase. Here are simple directions to make them with any decorations that suit your fancy.

    Materials needed:

    • Fabric - a 12 to 14" square will yield two scarves
    • 1 yard of 1/4" wide double fold bias tape
    • Optional trims
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    cutting diagram
    Cutting Diagram. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    • Cut a square of fabric 12 to 14" on the straight grain of the fabric.
    • Mark a line from corner to corner.
    • Cut on the marked line.
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    Hem the Two Shorter Edges

    Hem the Two Shorter Edges
    Hem the Two Shorter Edges. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    • Press under 1/4" on both short edges of the triangle.
    • Press under again and top stitch the hem into place, pivoting at the corner.
    • Trim the hemmed edge along the long edge so that it is straight.
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    Sewing the Tie

    Sewing the Tie
    Sewing the Tie. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    • Find the center of the long edge of the triangle.
    • Find the center of the double folded bias tape.
    • Match the two centers, enclosing the raw edge of the fabric in the bias tape. Hand bastes the tape into place if you have not seen before and have not mastered control of the sewing machine.

    Tip: When using purchased bias tape, upon close examination, you will notice that one side is shorter than the other. Sew on the shorter edge and you will catch the under edge too.

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    Embellishment Ideas

    Embroidery Embellished Denim Scarves
    Embroidery Embellished Denim Scarves. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Embroider the fabric in a random fashion using decorative thread and the program designs in newer sewing machines. In this example, the thread was also used to top stitch a decorative row on top of the hemmed edge.

    Create your own fabric using embellishment techniques. Embellish the fabric with lines of rick rack lines before any construction. The markings were made every 2" on a scarf cut from a 14" square. The same idea could be used to sew decorative lines of stitching, ribbon or trim to a plain fabric.

    Attach lace to the edge after they have been hemmed but before you add the bias tape.

    Use Bias tape that contrasts the fabric for the tie.