Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Gifts/Scarves and or Shawls with a Tutorial

It's that time of year again! 

I don't know where I found the piece above, but I love it! I have never started to make handmade gifts a couple of days before Christmas, but I have bitten off more than I could possibly accomplish :/

I recently received a message from Fabrics-store.com about a linen they carry that's perfect for scarves/shawls. So, I thought I would give it a try. I really do like the fabric. They recommended getting 2 yards for an over-sized shawl/scarf. I would recommend getting 2 1/2 yards. The pieces that I made up are fine, but a little extra yardage would be nice.

I purchased 2 colors, the black and the poinsettia. You can find these and other colors HERE. Remember, you will get 2 scarves out of 2 1/2 yards of fabric.

I was so pleased with the fabric. The scarves below have been washed and pressed. There was very little shrinkage. The only problem is that I want to keep at least 1 for myself...maybe 2.

The tutorial was only available through an email, so I have attached it below in the event you decide to give it a try. 
Oversized Linen Shawl - Your Comfort!
  • A neutral and light accessory that can fit in the purse should it not be needed. But, is right at the fingertips to be wrapped around for warmth or to hide from the strong sunshine rays.
  • Something that is low maintenance and can be washed at home in the washing machine - I like my free time spent not running errands to the dry cleaners
  • An exquisite looking item - comparable to brand names that are selling their shawls as I type this for $168 (and theirs don’t even have tassels!)

2 yards and about an hour of sewing will make 2 Shawls
( so think of who you can gift one to - the shawls turns out pretty amazing)
Here are the steps to gift yourself and a lucky friend - sun protection, warmth, and convenience - aka - a linen shawl
  1. Pick your color scheme - 2 yards  of the color you like - I went with Fog (picking your color we need to save for last so I can show you the steps to make the shawl :)
  2. Receive the box - we ship your order either same day or the following morning
  3. Find the middle of the width (I folded the cloth in half - selvage to selvage) and pull a thread down the middle of the entire length

  4. Cut down the middle where you pulled the thread and cut off the selvage

  5. We need to hem the length of the cloth - fold under 0.25 inches 2 times and stitch

  6. Unravel the raw edges to make the tassels ( you can also leave it as just fringed without the tassels)

  7. Take 10-15 loose threads and bunch them up like a ponytail. Use the nearest thread to loop around the “ponytail” and tie a knot. Do 2 knots on each ponytail/tassel.

  8. Tassel both sides of the shawl

  9. Throw in the wash - gentle cycle - cold water. Dry on a delicate cycle with low heat ( iron should you like - the left one is not ironed and right one was pressed)

  10. Your shawl is ready to be worn and face the summertime with you


Not only is this an opportunity to take care of your skin and stay comfortable regardless of the weather, but this is your opportunity to have a finished HANDMADE item that would have cost you upwards of $160.
A couple pointers:
- if you are going for sun protection during the day - don’t pick dark colors. They will absorb the heat leaving you hot while wearing the shawl.
- If you aren’t in a tassel kind of mood, you can fringe, but make sure to run a securing stitch so the thread doesn’t keep unraveling.
And now the fun part - click below to find the color you want your shawl to be...
P.S. 2 yards are just the right length for 2 shawls size 27"x70".
This is a very quick project that will keep you looking and feeling fabulous throughout the hotter season.
Plus, this will leave you with a beautiful and useful item that was handmade by you and would have cost you over $160 at a store (these also make great gifts if you decide you want to share).
Don’t forget your 7% discount code ilovelinen at checkout.

You Risk Nothing - if, for some reason, you find the fabric is still sitting in a box a month down the line - simply return it to us with the receipt and we will refund the fabric cost.

I just had to share this! You may remember that I made a poppins bag with fabric that I had printed from a painting that I did last year. I had a little left over, just enough for a king-size pillowcase. 

One day last spring, I came home to find that my poor Gracie had chewed a huge hole in my duvet cover. We had a rain storm while I was out. Why she decided to chew the duvet cover, I have no idea. At least she didn't tear apart the down comforter inside!!! I loved the cover, and decided to see if I could find another. I did! Most of the fabric from the old cover was good, so I saved it thinking that I would find something to do with it. When I realized that I had just enough of my cone flower fabric left for 2 pillowcase tops, I remembered the duvet cover. I now have pillowcases in my very own fabric, and coordinating pillowcases too! Mr. Berkley thinks they're pretty great as well :)     

Remember, pillowcases make great gifts too! The children in your life would love a special pillowcase made out of a character fabric. You can also make lovely linen pillowcases and edge them with antique crochet lace. 

Happy Gift Making Season!
Just don't stress yourself out!!!

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  1. Oh, those linen scarves are lovely!

    1. The nice thing about them is that they will keep my neck warm although they are linen, and then I have a shawl to put over my shoulders once I'm indoors.

  2. Great idea! I just ordered two pieces for gifts. Thanks for sharing. Hope all is well.

    1. I hope you enjoy the outcome as much as I did!

  3. Could you pls tell us which weight of linen you used?
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Lisa, I used the 5.01 oz linen. Just click on the link in the post and it will take you to 14 color choices.

  4. Rhonda, your scarves are gorgeous! Do you think that linen scarves work in our Chicago winters?

    1. They most likely won't be enough during the cold, cold months, but I was surprised by how warm the piece was as a scarf.

  5. I LOVE the linen shawls and just ordered 3 pieces - enough for 6 scarves - to make for Christmas presents. Such a great idea (and easy, too). Thank you!

    1. Super easy. Once I finished the edges, I washed the scarves on a delicate cycle, and then dried them in the dryer. Since the weave is so light, it didn't take long for them to dry. Then I just ironed them a bit and they looked wonderful.

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  7. Thank you! Yours are elegant! The grey is on sale today.....:)

  8. These scarves are gorgeous. I've had good luck with this vendor as well, great quality and prices. I just want to be clear, the thread was pulled on the length, in other words the length of yardage was cut so there are two appx thirty inch wide scarves? thanks.

    1. Hi Bunny, I apologize for not getting back to you sooner. You are right, the length of the yardage is cut in half.