Remember a thousand forevers ago, when I started this blog I talked about coming out with a hijab tutorial?
Well I kept my promise (kind of) woo hoo!The day before yesterday after I finally put the little one to bed, I leaped out of my room and scrambled up my sewing machine. I worked like a crazy person for 2.5 hours and finally finished my first ever hijab. I now declare it is my favorite.
And I shall call it...
Super Maxi Dusky Ruffle Awesomeness Scarf!!
what you will need:
- your hijab measurements (what size hijabs you fancy) and translate that to yards. A yard is equal to 36 inches!
- Trim (trim should equal the width of your scarf)
- Thread(should reflect the colors in the scarf or trim)
- A lighter
- A sewing machine or a needle and lots of patience!
- A pair of fabric scissors
- An iron
Step 1-prep the fabric
Sewing 101 says that all store bought fabric should be prepped. It needs to be worn so that when it is washed it won't shrink and form funny shapes in the stitches. One way you can do this is to put it in the dryer or steam it really well.
Cut the fabric in the desired size. I like my scarves big and happy (like me) so I opted for a super maxi size that is reminiscent of those floor sweeping chic scarves! I think it is around 80 inches long!
Take whatever trim you have and cut it by the same width you have designated for the hijab.
As you can see, one of the sides of my hijab is asymmetrically cut so that the trim will fall at an angle. I did this so the scarf would have drama and character.
Step 2-Set the edges.
There are tons of ways to close the edges (hem) of a scarf. For example, chiffon scarves should have rolled hems because of the delicateness of the material.
Another way to do is it to burn the edges. You have to be careful with this one! I got a lighter and a huge bowl of water (just in case) and I sat down to work!
Make sure you have a clear and clean workspace. Use fabric scissors (which are high quality and meant for cutting fabric) to trim the edges before burning.
Burn baby burn!!!
I burned 3 sides of my scarf and left the salvage on because I was lazy :(
Step 3-Add the trim.
Next prep your sewing machine or get out a needle and tread and start sewing the trim onto the fabric. Because I didn't care about being too neat with mine, I just sewed the trim directly on the edging of the fabric rather then hemming it and then adding a trim. You can be neater, and hem the burned edges so they are clean and then add the trim!
As you can see I have a substantial ruffle trim that has a satin ribbon on the edge. I used a fuchsia thread and sewed it twice. Once on the bottom edge and another on the top just to make sure it was super secure. This part takes the most time and concentration so pace yourself!!
Step 4-Re-burn and Check to correct.
After I sewed both trims on each side I burned the edges of the trim (on the sides) and along the scarf to reset it. I cut off all loose threads and I checked for mistakes.
Step 5-Enjoy and take lots of photos!
I absolutely love this scarf. I know some folks may not rock this kind of style but it has my name written all over it. It is sweet, feminine, fun, and dramatic. The colors are great with neutral clothes and its so big it can be worn in a ton of ways. The sides can be interchanged or pulled so they hang at the same length or with one longer! I decided to throw on the aab abaya again so as not to take away from the scarf. I couldn't believe how similar the colors were!
So what do you guys think???