Today I’m going to share this really simple (but practical gift) for all the bakers in your life and teach you how to make this really easy kitchen scarf.
Have you ever heard of a kitchen scarf before? Let me tell you, up until last week I hadn’t either. So let me show you how easy it is to make one! It would make a great gift this holiday season.
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Kitchen scarf sewing tutorial video:
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I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Not just this time of year either. I do most of the cooking and baking for our family from scratch so I spend many hours each day in this area of our home.
I don’t always have a clean apron handy so this seemed like a really great opportunity to make something practical for myself, as well as whip up a couple for easy Christmas gifts too.
Each Kitchen scarf took me about 20 minutes to sew up and would be a very manageable project for a beginner sewer.
You can customize these adorable kitchen scarfs by embroidering a name or nickname on them as well. I’m fortunate enough that I received my grandmother’s embroidery machine when she passed away and I’m sure it would bring her great joy to know that it gets used a lot.
(1) 42″ long x 10″ wide piece of fabric for the main part of your kitchen scarf. For this project I used a 100% quilters cotton fabric. But this would also be beautiful from linen.
(1-2) tea towels, flour sack towels or regular hand towels. If the towels you are using are small towels, you’ll need (2). If you have one really large towel (like I did) you can get away with just having one and cutting it in half. Watch the video to see how I did this to eliminate having to sew extra seams.
Ruler or measuring tape.
Sewing machine and thread.
Any sewing machine should work just fine for this project. I always link the machine I used for each tutorial as it seems to be one of the most asked questions I get.
Making the kitchen scarf
really only involves a few simple cutting and sewing steps.
Step 1: Cut your main fabric 42″ long by 10″ wide.
NOTE: for reference, I’m 5’4″ tall and the bottom of this scarf hit me right below the waist. You can adjust the size as needed or to whatever length you prefer.
Step 2: After you have cut the main piece of fabric for your scarf, be sure and trim off the selvage edge if your fabric has one.
Step 3: Iron your fabric. If you don’t need to do this, then just skip they step.
Time for the towels:
Step 4: I folded my flour sack towel in half and cut along the fold. This kept the seamed edge intact. That cut edge that doesn’t look very finished will be put inside your main fabric so you won’t even see it, so try not to focus on that.
Step 5: Cut flour sack towel in half (if needed). It’s important to try and keep the seamed edge intact so you don’t have to recreate it. If you are using regular terry cloth hand towels, you can also cut these in half so you can make one scarf from just (1) hand towel. This really is a project you can customize however you want.
Step 6: Now take your long piece of fabric and fold up the 10″ edge 1/2″ and press. You’ll want the WST (wrong sides together) when you do this.
Repeat for the other 10″ edge.
Step 7: Now that both of your 10″ edges are pressed in, let’s fold our piece of fabric in half lengthwise and press.
Step 8: Pin (or clip) along the long edge. This will just ensure the pieces stay aligned when. If you are comfortable just sewing, then that’s fine as well. I literally pin everything.
Time to start sewing!
NOTE: 1/4″ seam allowance is what I used for this project. You can also use 1/2″ seam allowance if you are more comfortable with that. Just keep it the same on both sides of your scarf.
Step 9: Sew using 1/4″ (or 1/2″) seam allowance down the long (42″) edge. Backstitch at the beginning and end of your row of stitching.
Step 10: Turn your “tube” of fabric RSO (right side out).
I was able to just use my hands for this. If your hand doesn’t fit into the tube, try using one of these.
Step 11: Once you have turned your “tube” of fabric so the right side is facing out, go ahead and give it a press. Again, this step is optional but just one of those extra steps I always do.
Time to fold the towels for your kitchen scarf.
Step 12: So depending on what types of towels you opted to use for this project, you’ll want to fold them so the seams are all in the back. If you cut a towel down like I did, you want to also make sure the raw edges are all at the top
Step 13: Time to baste. So for this step, you’ll want to set your stitch length to 5.5 (or so). This will make sure your stitches are loose enough to be gathered together.
Make sure when you baste, you DON’T backstitch. This is really important. You’ll want to be able to easily pull the threads to “gather” your towel and this won’t be easy if you backstitch.
Step 14: Once you have basted both pieces of your towel (or both your towels), and gathered them, you’ll want to lay them on top of each other to make sure they are roughly the same width. Again, no need to be exact. Just close.
Step 15: Now open up one end of your fabric tube and insert your towel (raw edge) into it. I made sure mine was almost 1″ into the tube to ensure that it wouldn’t become weak and pulled out easily. Again, do what your comfortable with.
Pin in place making sure the gathered parts of your towel look evenly spaced.
Repeat with other towel on the other end of the scarf.
NOTE: You’ll want to be sure that the back of your towels are faced the same way on your kitchen scarf so that when you are wearing it, the folded area of the towels are facing your body, however, either way, will work.
Step 16: If you have a machine that can sew decorative stitches, this would be a great project to use it on. I’d say that it will likely be easier on your machine if you are using thinner towels.
However, this will also depend on the make and model of your sewing machine and how it is capable of sewing layers. The machine I used for this tutorial is a straight stitch machine only. I ended up sewing (3) seams 1/4″ apart for some decorative flare to my kitchen scarf.
Step 17: Repeat this step for the other side.
Step 18: Your kitchen scarf sewing project is now complete!
I hope you all enjoyed this sewing tutorial today. Thanks for stopping by our handmade home. Until my next tutorial, happy sewing everyone.
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