Hand Painted Scarf
Now that the holidays are over, I can share some fun projects I made for friends and family. This hand-painted fabric, mini tassel scarf was so well received and it was so much fun to make. I’m convinced: mini tassels make everyone smile!
Mini Tassel Tutorial
I wrote up a quick tutorial (as if you need one) about making mini tassels with a tip to cheat. That little tip will help you make your tassels uniform and even – something that I really wanted to make sure of since they were going to be displayed front-and-center on this scarf. My mini tassel is here. For this scarf, you’ll need to whip up a few, somewhere between 10 – 12. I used 10 on mine, 5 each of light and royal blue.
Grab some fabric, wash it, and start painting. If you’re looking for inspiration, go outside. Nature is a well-received theme and can be done in neutrals, brights or even in Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2015: Marsala. You could do traditional or modern takes on leaves, berries, trees, or branches. Paired with any of the color pairings suggested by Pantone (on the link provided), you have tons of design options within this theme alone.
Some of my favorite designs are simple: crosses, roughly-drawn circles, or even simple X’s (or plus signs) like I used on this one.
Here’s a tip – don’t try to make it look perfect or matchy-matchy. Add some elements that break up the negative space: a dot or line placed in between your design looks awesome when it’s on something as large as a scarf.
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After you’ve painted your fabric and let it dry, give it another wash. Once that’s done, iron it (if you need to) and set it out for cutting. Because I got this very nice fabric on clearance, I only had about 1.5 yards to work with, so I had to sew two pieces together. If however, you want one continuous piece, you’ll have to buy two yards. On the up-side, you’ll probably be able to get two scarves out of it.
Make the Scarf
I cut 2 22 inch x 40 inch strips and joined them with a French seam. It sounds quite fancy and well, French, but it’s very simple and makes quite a difference in the finished product. If you need a French seam tutorial, here is a clear one.
Roll hem the sides. Take care to lay the French seam the same direction on both sides (only applicable if you’re joining two pieces together).
Hem the ends by folding up about a half inch and then another half inch. Sew in place along the top – don’t worry about the bottom part yet.
Sew the tassels on the outside of the fabric and knot them on the back side. You will be covering up the knot by hiding it inside the hem, but make sure it’s as clean and tight as you can make it. To sew the tassels, use a large needle and thread one of the tassel’s hanging threads through the back side of the scarf right at the seam. Then thread the other tail through about an eight of an inch from the first thread.
Continue adding tassels. I placed mine 5 inches apart, but adjust if you’d like more or less on your scarf. Tip: be sure to space them evenly.
Once all tassels have been knotted into the scarf, turn up the hem another half inch and sew a straight line of stitching along the top of the hem and the bottom. This will help the hem lie flat.
Repeat the tassels and hemming on the other end of the scarf. Gift or keep. We get so excited when we see our projects shared on Pinterest and Facebook, so if you feel this is worthy enough to share, please do so.
If you’re on the hunt for some gift ideas, you could visit our handmade gifts page or start with some of these tutorials: