Thursday, April 4, 2013

You Guest It: A Happy Stitch

Every 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month I'm doing something new. It's a thing I'm calling "You Guest It" and it's where I let a guest do their crafty thing right here on Michele Made Me. Today I'm welcoming A Happy Stitch's Melissa Q! Oh look, she's starting...


Hello Michele Made Me friends! I'm so excited to be one of Michele's guests. I love Michele's blog... Her projects and her perspective are so inspiring and honest. I am just thrilled to be here.

I'm sharing how to make what I call the Super Scrappy Scarf but 'scarf' really doesn't scratch the surface of what this scrappy chain of knit fabrics can be. Intended to spark the imagination, the Super Scrappy Scarf is a great open-ended play-thing for little people and in our home it has been everything from pretend hair, a tail, 'water', a finish line and on and on... It's super!

So, let's get cracking on how to make it!

Because the Super Scrappy scarf involves sewing with knits, it offers a great chance to practice sewing with knit fabrics without any pressure of getting it 'right'. But, it does involve a few specific supplies that make the whole process much easier.

  • Scraps of knit fabric sized around 5" to 7" squares and rectangles. To make mine I cut up some of the many, many old t-shirts we seem to always have around. I wasn't very specific about size, just cut the shirts into similarly-sized not-too-big scraps.
  • Jersey (or stretch) sewing machine needles (these are really, really helpful to sewing with knits and relatively inexpensive..I don't recommend trying to sew knits without the correct needle).
  • 100% polyester thread, I happen to have 'maxi-lock' thread, which has a bit extra stretch to it but any 100% polyester thread works great.
  • A walking foot or Teflon-coated sewing foot. Both sew well on knits and make the process much, much smoother. I love my Teflon foot.
Now to get sewing.

1. Set up your space: Begin by organizing your fabric scraps by color and set them alongside your machine and within reach as you sit at the machine.

2. Set up your machine: Put in the jersey needle; thread the bobbin and the machine with the polyester thread; put on the Teflon (or walking foot) sewing foot and set your sewing machine to a stretch stitch or zigzag stitch. The picture below shows what a stretch stitch looks like, on my machine. The stretch stitch works beautifully but a good zigzag stitch is also great... Just be sure to avoid sewing with a straight stitch because as soon as the scarf is tugged, the stitches will break.

3. The rest is simple! Start sewing and as you get about halfway along one fabric scrap grab the next one in a different color, lay it down and sew over it. Once you get going, you won't even need to stop sewing while you grab the next scrap! Keep on grabbing scraps and sewing until you have made the scrappy scarf as long as you want it or until you use up your scraps! So easy!

You can see below there is a great deal of overlap from one piece to the next. This gives the scarf a great full look.

The best part is you don't have to worry about fraying edges with the knit fabric, so you can even make one super long scarf and cut it in half to make two scarves in one go! This is especially handy if you have two boys, like I do, who always need to have an exact replica of what the other is playing with.

Throw that Super Scrappy Scarf into the mix of their dress-up play and see what happens. For us one afternoon, it was a kind of scooting limbo game. I mean, why not?

Heck, you might even like the scarf enough to wear it yourself! What can I say, it's super scrappy!


Thank you for sharing your totally multi-FUNctional Super Scrappy Scarf with us today, Melissa Q. Whipping one of these babies up promises to put smiles on little faces, doesn't it? What a simple yet versatile toy!

Visit mother, sewist, artist, teacher, Melissa Q online at her blog, A Happy Stitch. You'll notice in her writing, in her photography and in the things she makes, that this is a woman who lives passionately and finds joy in the little things. My kind of girl. Melissa says: "A Happy Stitch is my dream come true. I spend my days teaching sewing classes, making memory quilts, selling patterns and hawking my handmade wares while singing loudly as I stitch away." Aaah yes... Sure sounds like she's living the dream, doesn't it? And here are a few posts that pretty much prove it:
Go on now... "Happy" exploring to you!


P.S. Have an idea for a lovely eco-type craft? Seeking to widen your audience? Consider submitting a guest-post idea to Michele Made Me's "You Guest It"! Find out how right HERE.


  1. Hi Melissa Q, love you scrappy knit scarf!! What a fun project to use up those bits of fabric or practice sewing with knits. Great post!!

  2. Thanks everyone! Michele, it was such an honor to be a guest! I love being here. Thanks!

  3. What a fun and simple sewing project. Even I---who is an amateur at sewing---believes I could make this and have a lot of fun with it. I like that it could be used as bunting or as a scarf! Thank you Melissa Q!!!!!

  4. What a brilliant idea for a banner!
    Lovely to meet you here on MMM !

  5. What a great project! And thanks so much Michele for introducing us to Melissa - I just hopped over to her blog and spent ages browsing! Brilliant!


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