Liberty Scrap Challenge – March Edition

by Nova on March 22, 2012

Firstly apologies if you are receiving this post in your reader again, I’ve been having a few bloggy issues but fingers crossed it’s all resolved  now x


This months scrap pack from Jo came in the form of fat 1/8ths! That’s HUGE scraps in my book! what a treat :)

I wanted to show off the lovely big pieces of fabric & decided upon a lightweight scarf .

I added in a linen blend (I chopped up a linen/rayon dress I had picked up from the charity shop that was the perfect squashed blackberry colour to go with these fabrics), a striped quilting weight cotton from The French General La Petite Ecole range & a sliver of a satiny grey scrap & trimmed with a tiny ochre bobble at either end to bring out the yellow centres of the blossom in the small scale print.

The linen makes it a perfect weight for a Queensland winter and also a great edition to a spring wardrobe in other parts of the globe. You could play around with different fabrics, a flannel would be a lovely snuggly contrast to the Liberty for a warmer scarf.

Before we leap into the tutorial I have a little giveaway for you courtesy of The Organic Stitch Co.

Actually it’s a giveaway with a twist! I would like to challenge one of you! How would you like to be a guest Liberty scrap challenger next month? It would entail sharing a project & the process/tutorial on your blog & I’ll add your project to the tutorial list. I have 2 fat eighths for your project if you’d like to play along! Up for a challenge? Leave a comment to let me know if you’re keen! (You don’t have to do the challenge on a set day , just at some point during April & I’ll send you the links & buttons etc) I’ll pick a challenger on Friday morning (Brisbane time). *giveaway is now closed*


Liberty Patchwork Scarf Tutorial

(PDF version of tutorial to download & print available here)

Make your scarf as wide or narrow, long or short as suits – the process is exactly the same. Mine ended up approx 60″ long x approx 8″ wide.

1/4″ seam allowance unless stated otherwise.

What you will need:

Some scraps & contrasting fabrics (go as scrappy or ‘less is more’ as you like!)
Fabric for the ‘back’ of the scarf ( I pieced 2 bits together to gain the length required – by the time it’s wrapped around you won’t notice a join)
Some fancy trim, I picked a mini bobble but larger bobbles, crochet lace or ric rac would be nice too.

How To:

Cut your scraps 1/2″ wider than the width you would like your finished scarf to be (for the seam allowance). Lay out your scraps and once you are happy with an arrangement, piece them together. I went scrappy at the ends only and added a panel in the same fabric as the back of the scarf for the bit that will wrap around but if super scrappy is your thing there’s no reason not to scrap it up all the way along!

Cut (and piece together if need be) the fabric for the back of the scarf (remember to add the seam allowance).

If you are adding a trim to the ends, place the trim on the narrow ends of your scarf, on the right side of the fabric & pointing inwards (the opposite way to how it will be on the finished scarf).

If you are using a bulky trim, like a bobble, it’s easier to baste it in position it with your zipper foot attached. My trim was very narrow so I placed it in slightly from the edge (but so the edge of the trim was still within the seam allowance) so the bobble bit didn’t disappear into the seam allowance when I sewed the scarf together.

Sew slowly and carefully – use a larger stitch length, we’re only basting at this point & will sew it into the seam on the next step.

Once you have basted the trim on both ends, place the 2 panels right sides together.

Pin all the way around. Mark a place to leave a gap (for turning) – I like to cross my pins so I remember where to leave a gap. Back stitch at the start and finish.

Clip the corners & turn your scarf the right way around through the gap. Use a turning tool (or knitting needle) to carefully push the corners out.

Press the seam, turning the gap seams under a 1/4″. Pin the gap closed.

Top stitch all the way around your scarf keeping close to the edge. The top stitch will also close the turning gap.

& you’re done! Hurrah!
(PDF version of tutorial to download & print available here)

Fat 1/8th’s are a great way to get a Liberty fix – I still have some of the fat 1/8ths I used in the scarf left over for another scrappy day :) yay!

Liberty Scrap Packs , Liberty Fat 1/8ths, Liberty charm packs & so much more available from the Organic Stitch Co .

Share your scrappy projects in our flickr group :)

Playing along with our Liberty Scrap Challenge? Grab our banner!

Don’t forget to let me know if you fancy being a guest challenger next month – I’ll pick a random challenger on Friday & get those yummy fabrics on their way to you! *giveaway is now closed*

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Indianna March 22, 2012 at 7:20 am

Oh…I’m up for a Liberty Challenge – I have an idea……


Clarissa March 22, 2012 at 8:05 am

The challenge is very tempting… I am not that skilled yet in the sense that I am making “easy” projects (i.e. coasters, place mates, needle books), but I would love to participate. Thanks!!!


Flying Blind March 22, 2012 at 8:56 am

Love the scarf – my brain is too frazzled for now, so I will happily watch the challenge, and oooh and aaagh at the talents of others x


Katy March 22, 2012 at 10:30 am

Oh that is just gorgeous in that charcoally grey!


Melissa March 22, 2012 at 11:25 am

Brain is ticking over, pictures are forming…I’d love to do a tutorial for April, Nova.


ang March 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm

hi , its only me again, a great idea . .


Kerry March 22, 2012 at 6:00 pm

the scarf is so pretty, love the contrast with the bobbles too


Elisabeth March 22, 2012 at 6:04 pm

That scarf is lovely, Nova. I would love to do a challenge but as I’m on holiday most of next month I think I’d better refrain from asking…


Karen March 22, 2012 at 7:26 pm

hello again… I’d love to be your random challenger…


Clarissa March 22, 2012 at 9:39 pm

If the Liberty Scrap Challenge can be about a small project (coaster,breakfast mats, table runner, etc), I am up to it! Thanks


Rachel at Stitched in Color March 23, 2012 at 2:05 am

Nova, that scarf is gorgeous! Love the colors and the whimsical piecing and the trim. Especially the trim.


Leila March 23, 2012 at 3:31 am

Beautiful scarf Nova! I love the trim you added as well it is the perfect little contrast.


Esther March 23, 2012 at 3:39 am

I love it, great work!!


Bianca March 23, 2012 at 9:43 am

Your scarf is gorgeous! I’m up for a challenge… :)


Nicky March 29, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Ooh nice scarf! Love the different fabrics and the trim! These would make fab pressies!


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