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You’ll ♥ Winter in this Scrappy Scarf by Jennifer Jangles

It’s 20 degrees below zero right now but I’m happy and warm in my Scrappy Scarf, and all it took was a couple of hours and a few scraps!

The Weather Outside is Friggin’ Frightful!

Last night at the cutting counter all the customers were sharing tips for surviving this brutal sub-zero weather. Everything from letting your water taps trickle to leaving your cupboard doors open to keep the pipes warm to leaving your thermostat alone so you don’t overwork your furnace, you name it, we discussed it.

But the one thing we didn’t discuss was this Scrappy Scarf. It could be because I wasn’t wearing it while I was working so nobody saw it, or it could be because everybody – including me – just assumed that only a yeti would be worried about what to wear outside on a day like today because we all planned to snuggle up on the couch all day.

But, I did have to trek home from Joann’s at 10 pm last night and the temperature was already in the single digits. And by ‘single’ I mean it was literally 1 degree when we stepped outside the door. So yeah, I was so happy I’d made this scrappy scarf because it’s not only muy adorbs, it’s also warm and cozy!

The Pattern was Totally Free!

I tripped over this Scrappy Scarf pattern when I was visiting Jennifer Jangles’ blog. She’s the designer who created this Pincushion In A Cup:

Her blog is full of lots of colorful, whimsical mini-projects, just the thing for an afternoon of fun. (OMG! I was just browsing her blog to find some project pics and I found this – LITTLE DITTIES BAGS SEWING PATTERN – PDF! Yes, I bought it and as soon as I get done decorating some donuts for my class tomorrow night I’ll be making at least one of these bags!)

I ♥ Jennifer’s style! She’s so whimsical and colorful and … uninhibited. I was reading the forward in her book, “Stitch Kitsch” and she says:

If sewing is about the journey, which I believe it is, I say let’s make it even more fun. Let’s let go and not worry if our stitches are straight, if our colors are matched perfectly, or if our seams are aligned. All of those skills come with time and practice. If we have fun, that’s what matters. It’s the journey, not the destination.

Anyway, if you subscribe to Jennifer’s email list she immediately sends you 5 free pdf patterns, including the patterns for the Pincushion In A Cup and this fun Scrappy Scarf! On top of that, every week or so she sends you another free pattern. This week’s pattern is this cute little Cactus pin made of felt.

A Bag o’ Scraps and a Couple Hours of Sewing!

Actually, it’s not even a whole bag of scraps. I used one piece of Anti-Pill Fleece that I picked up in the remnants bin a couple of months ago. The piece I used for this scarf was 60 inches long by 18 inches wide. If you’d like a longer or wider scarf just alter your measurements.

And the ‘scraps’? The fringe on this scarf is literally just scraps I had left over from making coin purses. And the various trims you see are also remnants left over from small projects.

The trim pieces all measure 18 inches in length and I used two of each trim, one for each end of the scarf so they would mirror each other. But you could mix it up any way you choose. Just remember, if you alter the width of your scarf you’ll also need to alter the length of your trims.

It took me 2 hours to make but that’s only because I had such a hard time choosing the fringe fabrics. You know what it’s like… I just have so many fabrics in my stash that I love. I wanted to use. all. the. scraps. but there’s only so much you can do with 9 inches of scarf to work with. Guess I’ll have to make a few more 🙂

Donna Anderson

Donna Anderson 'works' at Joann Fabrics at 4600 W. Broad St. in Columbus, OH. Just look for the crazy old lady behind the cutting counter. As a kid, she ran with scissors and ate paste. She's since found safer, more creative ways to use her Fiskars and Mod Podge. Next time you're at the store, stop by the cutting counter and have a chat! (Just please don't ask her about lightbulbs!)

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