This simple crossover scarf was designed and made by Renata Romer. Renata wanted a scarf that would keep her warm, but at
the same time look stylish . . .
- 13cm fleece - most shops sell in
multiples of 10cm so buy a larger
amount and make one or two
- Long strips of cotton fabric in three
colours. If you want to use Fat Quarters
you will have to use more strips
- 10cm of fabric for binding
- 6in square piece of heavyweight
- Scrap of calico or fabric 6in square
54 x 51⁄4in (137 x 13cm)
The main material used to make this cosy scarf is fleece, which is warm and pliable. The ends and crossover panel are made from Seminole patchwork. In this style of patchwork
associated with the Seminole Indians in Florida, the patterns are formed by sewing narrow strips
of cloth together. These bands are cut on an angle and resewn to produce the distinctive
TIP! If you have not made Seminole patchwork before it may be wise to make a mock up using paper strips first. Glue the strips in order as shown here and then draw on the angles and cut apart. Remember that the fabric version will look a bit different because of the
- Two 2 1⁄4in strips of dark fabric
- Two 1 1⁄4in strips of light fabric
- One 3 1⁄2in strip of medium fabric
Figure 1: Initial sewing order
TIP! If you stagger the strips when you initially piece them there will not
be so much waste.
- Sew the strips together in order, dark, light, medium, light and dark. Press carefully,
trying not to distort the strips. See Figure 1.
- Fold the fabric RS together and using the 30 degree line on your ruler cut into strips 1 1⁄2in
wide. See Figure 2.
Figure 2: Cutting the strips
- You have two styles of strips, so take three of each type and join into a panel. Press carefully as these are now bias seams. Make three panels (Figure 3).
Figure 3: Making the panels
Assembling the Scarf
- Fleece 5 1⁄4in wide across whole width of fabric
- Scrap of Vilene 4 1⁄2 x 4 3⁄4in
- Scrap of cotton 4 1⁄2 x 4 3⁄4in
- Strips for binding 1in wide across width of fabric
Figure 4: Layout showing placement of panels
- Put two panels to one side and cut
the other to 4 3⁄4in wide by 4 1⁄2in high.
Choose your favourite area of the pattern.
Line with heavy weight Vilene and back
with cotton fabric.
- Bind the two shorter side edges.
Then bind the top and bottom
edges leaving at least 1in of
binding sticking out from the sides.
This will be used to join to the
- Position on the fleece as per the
diagram in Figure 4 and sew the top
and bottom edges of this panel to the
fleece. Note the sides must be left open
for one end of the scarf to slip through.
- With RS together, sew a panel to
each end of the scarf. Fold back into
position on the top of the scarf and fold
the raw edge under neatly and either
finish by hand or sew with a decorative stitch on your machine. Add enough
quilting to hold flat; Renata just used one
line down the centre of the panel. The
sides will be stitched with the binding
in the next step.
- Sew the binding strips to each side
of the scarf. Catch the crossover
binding in the seam as you go. Turn
the binding to the back and slip stitch
First published in Popular Patchwork January 2003