Remember that weighted blanket I made for my dentist’s office back in January (Jan. 12th blog)? My nephew’s 5 year old son broke his leg and is now in a full-leg cast for the next 4-6 weeks. To say he’s not happy about this roadblock to his daily fun outside would be an understatement, so I thought I would help him to feel a bit calmer while inside by making him a weighted neck scarf. I found the pattern in one of the books I got from Bonny’s so I thought I’d give it a try.
This differs from the weighted blanket since I am not covering the bead insert “duvet style”. Not just the outside cover of the scarf will be washable: the whole scarf will be washable, including the beads.
As you can see, this project isn’t very large, so I was able to use some material I used for another project for him last year (did I tell you I love using scraps?). I followed the book’s directions and cut the fabric into the two pieces needed and then decided to add a muslin underlining to the project to keep the weighted beads from wearing through the fabric too easily.
This is where I deviated from the pattern for a bit. The difference between a lining and an underlining is how it is attached to the outer fabric. A lining generally hangs freely under the outer fabric. If it is attached at all, it’s only in one or two places. An underlining, on the other hand, is sewn to the outer fabric all the way around the edges and the two pieces of fabric are now always treated as if they were one piece. The seams for the scarf were directed to be sewn at ½”, so I attached the muslin underlining to the outer fabric using a ¼” seam. This allowed me to use my ¼” piecing foot for the job.
Don’t forget to use the markings on the foot to enable you to maintain a ¼” uniform seam allowance, even when turning corners.
Now that both scarf pieces had an underlining attached, I was ready for my final deviation from the pattern.
I felt I needed to join the underlining and fabric a little more securely together because I didn’t want the movement of the weighted beads to rub against the muslin and cause bunching, so I went to my quilting stitches on the machine and chose a serpentine stitch to hold the layers of fabric together.
I used the 2” guideline on my stitch plate to keep my lines of serpentine stitches straight and sewed two rows; one row down each side of the scarf.
You can’t even tell the stitching is there once the scarf is turned right side out. Now there is a stabilizing stitch every two inches to keep that underlining in place.
Once this step was finished, I was able to go back to the directions to finish up the scarf.
All that’s left now is to go to the store to get the weighted beads and sew up this scarf! Turns out his sister would like one too!