Dear reader, I'm going to give myself such a headache trying to explain how I made these head scarves. But that's nothing compared to the headache you're going to get if you try to make one yourself.
So let's all be forewarned.
And may I also say...venturing into the sewing room with me is basically like venturing into my kitchen, only more dangerous. From the outset, you must subscribe to mediocrity. You must make your peace with failure. You must abandon the notion there is order and harmony in the universe, because there isn't. Not in my kitchen, at least, and certainly not in my sewing room.
Are you still with me? Are you still game? Are you ready to embark on an adventure that will make those maniacs in flying squirrel suits look like grannies knitting in their rockers?
Good. Then let's learn how to make head scarves.
1. Already, a wrinkle: the delicate two-step of measurement. My suggestion is to use a measuring tape and wrap it (like a scarf) around the head of your future head scarf recipient. For example, if that person's head measures 22 inches around, then cut a 15x7 inch piece of fabric for the scarf, and an 11x4 inch piece of fabric for the band.
15+11=26 which, once you factor in seam allowances, will yield a scarf that is about 22.5 inches around, making a nice fit for that sweet little 22 inch head.
In other words, whatever the head measures, your fabric pieces should total 4 more inches than that, with the scarf piece being slightly longer than the band piece.
You see what I mean about headaches?
Basically, dear reader, you have to figure out the measurements yourself. And that is the one dynamic of this process which is easiest to mangle...so perhaps you should quit right now, strap on a squirrel suit, and join those bores who jump off cliffs.
2. For the scarf (15x7-ish piece): fold fabric over 1/2 inch on each lengthwise side (I fold over twice because raw edges make my face twitch), creating a nice, finished look. Iron the fold into a nice, sharp crease.
Next, sew a seam along those folds.
3. For the band (11x4-ish piece): fold fabric over 1/2 inch on the top and bottom, then fold the entire piece in half, lengthwise, right sides together, and iron it with a firm hand.
Next, sew lengthwise down the open side of the band piece (it helps to reinforce the beginning and end of that seam). Trim the excess fabric.
::::: And now a friendly word about the iron: use the living daylights out of it, dear reader. If you are, like me, someone who has no business operating a sewing machine, you are already painfully aware of the odds stacked against you. You already know you stand a better chance of getting hired as a Victoria's Secret model than successfully threading a needle. Having the iron in your corner is like putting a bra on your sewing project. You know? The iron makes you look good. It makes you look better than you really are. And there are those of us who simply cannot afford to ignore that kind of lift. :::::
If you plan on making more scarves in the future, you will probably play with this measurement...I haven't yet discovered the perfect ratio myself.
Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic.
Keeping track of your elastic, tuck the folded fan edge into one end of the band.
Note: Be verrrrry sure your elastic is still there. It helps to allow a small bit to stick out, as pictured.
Once again, make sure you've caught the elastic in that seam. Make sure he didn't sneak off with a bunch of his friends--elastic can be very disloyal that way. I once knew a piece of elastic who said we'd always be together, and the minute I turned my back he slipped out the door and was halfway to the racetracks before I knew what had happened!
10. Taking care not to twist the elastic, bring the band around and repeat steps 7 and 8 with the other side of the scarf. You can see I left the safety pin attached to the elastic as a way to ensure there were no last minute flight issues.
Once you've secured that seam (back and forth, back and forth), remove the entire scarf from the sewing machine. Trim anything that is sticking out and shouldn't be.
11. Congratulations! Oh, happy day! If you made it this far, you should be in the possession of a fabulous new head scarf! Isn't it lovely? Isn't if divine? Can't you just picture yourself wearing this stylish number and tootling through Martha's Vineyard on a pretty mint green scooter?
Note: hopefully the head scarf fits, but in case it doesn't, remember: it will make the most darling gift for someone else. And next time I am sure you will get the measurements exactly right.
I hold no such high hopes for myself, dear reader. But in you I have the utmost confidence.