Thursday, November 14, 2013

DIY Toddler Superhero Scarf (Sewing Tutorial)

Michele from The Scrap Shoppe is swinging by the blog today with a simple sewing tutorial for us. You can learn how to make your own version of this cutie Toddler Superhero Scarf. Isn't the model adorable? I can't believe I'll be playing superheros, soldiers, and dinosaurs before too long! This would be a great project to tackle if you need some alone crafty time over the Thanksgiving holiday...and what a cute Christmas gift or stocking stuffer.

Hi guys! I'm excited to be here filling in for Amanda while she prepares for her new bundle of joy. And since #3 is an adorable baby boy, I thought a boy project was in order! I have a fairly simple sewing project for you. 
A toddler superhero scarf!

By the way, I am Michele and I create over in my little corner of the world at The Scrap Shoppe.
I dabble in a little bit of everything... paper crafts, jewelry, home decor - I'm a but eclectic when it comes to crafting! And, you should know, I'm new to the world of sewing. This is my 4th project and I think I'm well on my way to sewing up a storm! I also have two little boys that I love to create for.

Have you ever noticed that its not easy to find scarves for your toddler? Hats, gloves... easy peasy. But scarves seem to be a bit scarce. I decided it was time to remedy that and make some!

I love to peruse the fabric remnants at my local craft stores. Its a great way to get pricey fabrics at bargain basement prices. Lately I've been collecting quite a bit of superhero fabric.  My boys love superheroes!

And this flannel superhero fabric was the perfect thing to make into scarves.

Disclaimer: I know I am mixing the DC and Marvel Comic characters. If you're a comic book guru, please do not hold this against me. My boys are young and to them a superhero is a superhero. We embrace them all! ;)

These are the basic directions I created to make the scarves. I'll walk you through the process in the following pictures, but this has everything all in one place.

After measuring one of my own scarves on my 5 year old, I determined that 38" was a great length for a toddler scarf. The width is negotiable. I chose 6" because of the print on my fabric.
Select the material you want to use for this project. I wanted something that would be warm so I went with flannel. The yellow flannel was leftover from my boys' TMNT Halloween costumes. Using a solid color for the ends of the scarf will make it easier to add and see the monogram we will be adding to it later.

Cut your material: 
1 piece at 33" x 13"
2 pieces at 4" x 13"

Stitch together the 3 pieces of material with the shorter pieces at each end of the long piece allowing for a 1/2" seam. 

Fold the material in half, with the backside of the material facing the outside (wrong side out).
Sew along the long end and top of the scarf with a 1/2" seam. Do not sew closed the bottom of the scarf.

Pull the scarf right side out through the bottom of the scarf. Iron to smooth the edges.

Fold the bottom of the scarf under for a 1/2" seam. Iron smooth.

If you are going to add a monogram to the scarf, now is the time to do it before we close the scarf up.
I made a freezer paper stencil monogram using Paul's Super Font

First, I printed out the letters on cardstock in the appropriate size. Cut those letters out as they will be act as our stencil. On the rough side of the freezer paper trace the stencil. Cut out the stencil keeping the negative pieces. Place the freezer paper smooth-side-down on your scarf and iron on. The freezer paper will seal itself to the material creating a stencil for painting the monogram. 

Place something such as cardboard or extra freezer paper between the top piece of fabric and the bottom and use basic acrylic paint for the monogram. Once the monogram is dry, peel off the freezer paper.
You can also choose to embroider or iron on a letter for the monogram.

Once the paint is dry, apply a 1/4" topstitch around the edges of the scarf. Depending on the size of your monogram, you may stitch over it. If that is the case, use a toothpick or Q-tip to paint the stitches on the monogram.

The scarf is now ready for your little superhero!

My little guy is SUPER excited about his new scarf! And it was such a breeze to put together that I made extra ones for Christmas gifts for the other little guys in my life.

I'm happy that my little guy loves his new scarf so much AND that I can keep him extra warm this winter.
Thanks so much for having me over, Amanda! Enjoy that beautiful little boy!

Y'all come visit me sometime. I would love to have you over!

Thanks, Michele! I seriously can't get over his sweet little grin! This scarf would be an awesome handmade gift for a cute little boy in your life.

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