{Made} In the Garden Ruffle Scarf - Lilly*Blossom Pattern

Scarves seem to really be in this season. If you think about it, there really isn't any other accessory that can totally bring together an outfit quite like a scarf.  That's why I was so excited to find Lilly*Blossom's Ruffle Scarf PDF pattern - it is just the right amount of ruffle with little bulk by your face. Perfect for a Spring day in a soft knit or in a heavier knit wool for winter flurries.

Let's review the pattern!

Fabric: The Ruffle Scarf PDF pattern suggests using 1 yard of knit fabric to make each scarf. It also suggests that if you would like the scarf a little longer, you can add additional fabric or piece together additional pieces. 1 yard of fabric (or additional length - I used 1 1/2 yards of fabric to make the scarf a little longer) will yield approximately 2 scarves as you only use half the width of the fabric for each scarf.

Matching Thread
Contrasting Thread
(Note: The pattern suggests using contrasting thread for ease in gathering the fabric. Please see my recommendations below for completing the pattern if you are an experienced beginner or more advanced sewist.)

Difficulty of Pattern: Lilly*Blossom rates this pattern as a beginner pattern. I would highly recommend this for anyone interested in learning to sew or just starting out with accessories. The process is VERY well detailed and incredibly easy to follow. Skills needed include sewing a straight stitch by hand, hand gathering techniques, machine straight stitch and machine zig zag stitch.

Time to Complete: Approximately 1 hour with cutting and sewing if you follow the pattern exactly.
If you are a more advanced sewist and you follow my advice (see below), you will complete one scarf in approximately 30 minutes.

Machines Used: I used my sewing machine exclusively.

Alterations/Changes Made to the Pattern:  As mentioned in the fabric section, I wanted my scarf to be a little longer than the one photographed, so I decided to use 1 1/2 yards of fabric for my length rather than the suggested 1 yard. I am very happy with the length!
Additionally, since I am impatient, and much like the designer of this pattern, Helen, I really do not enjoy picking out threads. So... instead of hand sewing the contrasting thread to begin creating the ruffle, I used my sewing machine on the largest basting stitch possible - a 5.0.  I then pulled the bottom thread and created the ruffles.

Tips: You could really customize this pattern to fit your individual needs. With all of the color blocking and play on color shade trends we are seeing this season, you could really play with each ruffle. How about a pink and red combo? That would be adorable!

Yeah/Nay: Oh yeah! I am already shopping for fabric for the next one.... If I didn't use knit, I may try it with a very lightweight cotton batiste print or solid.

What fabric would you use?

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