Tutorial: Ruff ‘n Tumble Scarf

I have alot of obsessions…I call them “my problems”.  Right now, I have a scarf problem.  You can see my most recent mania here, here and here .

Why not add to it, yah?

I can’t promise you that it’s my last…

Tutorial: Ruff n Tumble Scarf
This is not your basic scarf…it’s a patchwork (another recent problem) version that is sure to please all those fashion-conscious kiddos of ours.  If you’ve never attempted a patchwork, don’t be scared away…It’s super easy and a great way to use up that stash of thrifted Tshirts waiting to be cut into.
Tutorial: Ruff n Tumble Scarf
I can totally see this being used in girly colors too, but I am happy to bring you a boy project because I know how scarce those can be {crickets}…
Tutorial: Ruff n Tumble Scarf
You ready?  Here we go…
Tutorial: Ruff n Tumble Scarf

Materials for one scarf:
1/2 yard fleece (you will have leftovers)
Old Tshirts (I used 5) or use fabric scraps.  For my second scarf, I used scrap corduroy too!
Contrasting thread
Coordinating Thread
Basic Sewing Supplies

Tutorial: Ruff n Tumble Scarf

1.  Begin by opening up your fabric out and lay flat.  From selvedge end to selvedge end (usually 60 inches), cut a 10 inch strip

Tutorial: Ruff n Tumble Scarf

2.  Take your Tshirts and begin cutting them.  Make some straight cuts and diagonal cuts.  Make one side straight, the other side diagonal!   Make sure the diagonal cuts are longer than the 10 inch width to account for the angle.  I made my diagonals about 14 inches long because we will trim them later anyway.  You can always cut all your scraps extra wide so you don’t have a problem with cutting later

Tutorial: Ruff n Tumble Scarf
3.  Lay out your design right side up and cut the diagonals to match.  Lay out the entire design before you begin sewing.  Your Tshirt patchwork design should be about 4-5 inches longer than your fleece to account for seam allowances you will be sewing
Tutorial: Ruff n Tumble Scarf

4.  Once you have your design chosen, begin sewing the patchwork together.  Working from one side, start with the second piece

Tutorial: Ruff n Tumble Scarf5.  Place it RST on the end piece

Tutorial: Ruff n Tumble Scarf

6.  Sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance

Tutorial: Ruff n Tumble Scarf

First seam sewn!  (betcha can’t say that 7 times real fast)

Tutorial: Ruff n Tumble Scarf

7.  Continue with the next piece, and keep it up until you have completed the design

Tutorial: Ruff n Tumble Scarf

8.  Here is what it will look like.  Be careful that your 10″ length scraps (if any) are all lined up so when you trim, they match up

Tutorial: Ruff n Tumble Scarf

9.  Now the fun part:  Create a free form pattern with a zig zag stitch in the solid colored Tshirt areas

Tutorial: Ruff n Tumble Scarf

Add a zig zag stitch in between seams too, for a bit of a rough look

Tutorial: Ruff n Tumble Scarf

Have fun with it and be creative.  Use different colored thread too!

Tutorial: Ruff n Tumble Scarf
10.  Once you are satisfied with the design, place the fleece RST on the patchwork design, lining up the edges
Tutorial: Ruff n Tumble Scarf

11.  Trim the excess of the Tshirt patchwork so all the edges are even

Tutorial: Ruff n Tumble Scarf

12.  Pin in place, making sure to mark a spot to leave un-sewn for turning later

Tutorial: Ruff n Tumble Scarf

13.  Using a 1/4″ seam, sew around the entire scarf except for the marked opening

Tutorial: Ruff n Tumble Scarf

14.  Clip all four corners

Tutorial: Ruff n Tumble Scarf

15.  Turn the scarf right side out, pushing out corners to make them nice and straight

Tutorial: Ruff n Tumble Scarf
16.  Pin the opening and hand sew closed
Tutorial: Ruff n Tumble Scarf
Wrap around your punk and turn him loose
Tutorial: Ruff n Tumble Scarf
Oh, these boys are growing up fast!
Thanks for all the get well wishes… I’m on the mend!
~Susan

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Comments

  1. says

    Man oh man. Those boys of yours. Every time you post pictures of them I’m glad my little girl isn’t old enough to squeal and swoon all over the place.
    This is a super fun tutorial! I bet my cool dude teen brother would love this. I mean, tolerate it with a look on his face that makes it clear he’s doing me a favor. But then turn around and wear it around his friends and act all like “no big deal, my sister made this for me, so it’s one of a kind so you can’t get one, too bad for you.” Cos, y’know, cool and all that jazz.

  2. says

    This is awesome. I just did a tshirt scarf for myself, but your zigzags and diagonal cuts make all the difference. Now I have to do another so I can steal your ideas!

  3. says

    I just had the most wonderful afternoon using fabric scraps to create the “quilt” side of this scarf. I’ll be heading to the fabric store tomorrow to get fabric for the back side. I made my first one girly for me and added colored ribbons under some of my zig zags. I plan to try more scarves using my kids’ t-shirts. Thanks for this awesome idea!!!! Your boys are adorable.

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