Sunday, February 9, 2014

Linen and Lace Scarf

I don't know about you, but I look for inspiration for my projects everywhere. Recently I found two scarves made out of linen and lace on Pinterest. Of course I pinned them. As I was looking through my pictures the other day...

Oh, here they are:
From Lila pain d'épices' blog. I had a heck of a time tracing it back from the picture on Pinterest, I found the blog, but not the scarf. It is there somewhere.

The second inspiration is from Everyday Art design on Etsy and is a scarf made entirely out of  doilies. This one was easy to trace back to the source.
These two pictures made me start to think how I would make this sort of scarf.

I found a selection of linens folded neatly in my sewing room.  I cut them on grain and starched them so that the scarf would not go wonky on me as I was sewing it.

I pulled out of my stash my boxes doilies and lace bits. Here is a picture of what it looks like while I am messing up my sewing area creating. The box is full of lace bits, vintage pieces of lace that are less than a meter (yard) long. The hat box in the back is filled with doilies of all shapes and sizes. It is overflowing right now as I ran into a really good sale on them recently. You can see some of them next to the lace bit box in the dark round hat box.

The scarf construction was basic and pretty straight forward to do. The total length of the scarf when all linen pieces are sewn together is approximately 66 inches. The width was cut to 12 1/2 inches.

I liked the idea of the scarf done by Lili pain d'épices (love it. lili gingerbread,or as close as you can get to gingerbread in France. Yummy with fois gras),  but I wanted something more between the two inspirations. I wanted to use doilies like Everyday Art Design did, but not make the scarf completely out of doilies. Although, looking at that hat box, quite obviously I could.

I sewed the ecru handkerchief linen to the plaid linen at a 45 degree angle. Only having a fat quarter of the polka dot linen, it was cut straight. The seams are all flat felled so that there is no "wrong" side as far as the seams go. Using a serger, All sides of the scarf were then serged, awaiting the finishing of the edge seams.

The flat felled seams needed lace bits to help the transition to the next fabric. The bottom fringe is a little over 4 inch wide. None of the lace pieces are the same in ether size or color except for the "fringe", but even that is a little different at each end, really nothing quite matches adding interest to the overall look.

Now that all the lace bits and fringe were sewn on, it was time to complete the side seams by folding them over one more time and top stitching. Finished width is 12 inches. The lace bits were sewn into the final side seams and trimmed at this point.
Now for the doilies, here is picture of trying out different options:

After trying it on, anything in the ecru linen would not show when the scarf is worn so why waste the doilies?

The doilies were hand sewn on using an 80 wt thread. Finally it was complete and here it is:

Here are two ways it could be worn.

Now, there are two other scarves I found on Pinterest, I want to make something similar...Stay tuned.



  1. You have created a beautiful scarf!

  2. What beautiful scarves and so very delicate.

  3. lovely indeed and the original a cracking find on Etsy too

  4. What fabulous ideas! Your scarves are lovely and the idea is fabulous!

  5. Just lovely, Jean!!! I think an infinity scarf would look lovely, too. They are very popular here. One of the ladies at my SAGA meeting tonight had a very interesting scarf that was layers of wide ruffles on the bias with each one a little smaller than the other. At first, I thought it was a collar but when I asked about it, she said that it was scarf.

  6. Very pretty Jean! If I could find all my lace collection I would be tempted to make something similar.... now- where did I put that huge bag???

  7. Ooh pretty. I don't think I've seen scarves with lace on them, but I really like it.