Saturday, May 3, 2014

Free Sewing Tutorial: DIY Fabulous Ruffled Cowl

Who wouldn't like to wear a fabulous cowl, filled with airy, light, luxurious ruffles? One that was made from light material, suitable for wearing throughout the summer; a fabulous cowl that would be perfect for special occasions or giving a plain outfit that little bit of 'oomph?'

Well I've made one for myself today, and today I'm stepping out of my knitting/crochet niche to share exactly how I made it through this free online tutorial. I must tell the truth and say that originally, this was meant to be a scarf. But because of the huge amount of material you need for this project, and the fact that I really like cowls because you can wear them for hours on end without worrying about adjusting them, this project ended up as a cowl that is nothing short of fabuloso. ;)

All you need is some soft smooth material, scissors, pins, a sewing machine, and some basic sewing skills. This is a perfect project for beginning sewers. I'm pretty sure anyone could do it!

Exactly what you will need:

  • About 2 meters (6'7") of some soft, smooth material
  • Sewing Scissors
  • Pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing thread (preferably matching with the color of chosen material) 

Okay, so let's get started....

Step 1:

Cut your material into strips exactly 15 cm (6") wide, then sew the top/bottom ends together until you have a long strip of material approximately 4.5 meters (14'9") in length.

Step 2: 

Run all the edges of the material through the seam foot of your sewing machine.

Tip: When sewing around the edges with the seam foot, trim a little bit off of the corners with your scissors (as pictured below) to get a smoother transition from the corner to the next seam.

Step 3:

Iron your material until it's surface is nice and smooth.

Step 4:

Set the stitch length on your machine to it's longest setting. (As you can see in the above picture, the longest stitch setting on my sewing machine is 4).

Step 5:

Before beginning to sew, make sure you leave a tail of thread long enough to pull at the start of your work. Do this by pulling both threads (from the machine and the bobbin) to the back by at least 7 cm (3"). Working on the wrong side of the material, sew 1 meter (3'3") right down the center of the piece; reverse a few stitches at the end (this holds the thread in place).

Step 6:

Hold the material from where you started sewing, and pick up the thread that is running through the back of the work; gently pull this thread (and I mean gently). The material will instantly start to bunch up.

As the material gathers up and you're gently pulling the thread with one hand, gently pull the ruffles downwards towards the bottom, until the ruffles are evenly distributed throughout the work.

Step 7:

Now make sure you knot the threads well before cutting off the ends. Otherwise your cowl may come undone and it would become a mess.

Step 8:

Repeat steps 5-7 until the whole piece of material is full of ruffles.

Step 9:

The cowl will be all twisted up by the time you are done. So unravel all the twists in the work, until the front seam is completely facing you. Measure your work. The seam from top to bottom should measure approximately 85 cm (2'9") long.

Step 10:

Being careful not to twist the cowl, place the wrong sides of the top seam and the bottom seam together and pin into place.

Sew these seams together on your machine.

That's it, you're done! You now have a fabulous ruffled cowl to spice up your wardrobe. May you wear it in happiness and good health for many days to come. :)

 While you are here on my humble blog, please check out my newly published interview at the awesome Craft Blog Ummi's House.

I've been interviewed by the both lovely and talented  sister Patricia Milton; participants who enter for the giveaway will have a chance to win a free copy of one of my most sought after patterns.


Copyright: You may sell the items that you make with this tutorial. You may not redistribute my tutorial (I worked very hard to make it!) Please share the link to my tutorial instead.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, mashaallah I didn't realize you are the sister Ummi's House interviewed. Very nice. I love this cowl, it's very creative!! Alhamdulillah