I was out looking at shoes the other day, and I saw a really pretty scarf. It wasn’t an infinity scarf. Instead, it was a long tube with only one seam. Since I’m on a ready to wear fast, I didn’t buy it, but I was dying to go home and make one. So I did. And why not dye it the color of the year -Merlot – while I was at it?
News Flash: I just realized Marsala is the color of the year, not Merlot– ha! Oh well, Merlot it is!
I had some scarlet and coca brown Rit dye in my cupboard, and the pom pom trim and roll of white cotton voile I scored in downtown LA for about a dollar a yard awhile back. Plus, I had my wooden Indian lotus flower stamp I wanted to try out, too. The stamp is really old and didn’t really work that well, but I still like the scarf!
Materials for the tube scarf:
Equal parts RIT scarlet and cocoa brown dye plus 1 cup salt
2 yards pom pom trim
1 yard cotton voile
(optional) wooden stamp and silver Martha Stewart craft paintI added about 1/4 cup each of the dyes to a big pot. I have a special pot I use only for dying. Then I added 1 cup salt and brought the mixture to an almost boil. I wet the fabric and pom poms first, then added them to the dye and stirred it up . I left it in for about an hour, then rinsed in cold water and dried it.Lily stamped the fabric with silver paint. Because the stamp is an antique, it’s become uneven on the edges of the design.
I folded the fabric over along the selvage. The long edges are the crossgrain of the fabric. Because this fabric is 60 inches wide, it’s a pretty long tube. But the fabric is really thin, so that’s OK. I sewed a French seam along the long raw edges of the cross grain of the fabric.
Then I sewed the pom pom trim along the selvages.
The scarf bunches up nicely and there are no droopy loops to deal with!