Wednesday, February 22, 2012

DIY: Super Maxi Hijab!!!

Asalamu Alaykum folks!

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...



Mini me

....joking......

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!
  • Fabric 
  • 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
Making a hijab is incredibly easy. The only hard part I believe is finding the right fabric with the perfect print and/or drape to match your unique style. I shopped at Jo-anns and bought several yards of a dusky and dark pink patterned silky printed fabric. I knew as soon as I picked it up that was the perfect material.


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???

43 comments:

  1. damn giiirrl. I love it! I love the way you do your hijab as well it's so BIG and perfect.

    hey 3la fekra do you mind taking off word verification? It's a teeny bit troublesome. It should be under comments in settings :)

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    1. thanks mama! Its so juicy and voluminous! I am so sorry about the word verification. Thank you so much for taking the time to tell me because I can't stand having to use it on other blogs myself. Sometimes I am hurrying to write a comment, I exit out the window and realize it didn't go through because of the verification. Anyways, tis off and the process also called to my attention I had been preventing anonymous ppl from commenting ;(

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  2. Wauw. What awesome! Really creative & what a lovely scarf and colors.

    x
    www.cherryfactor.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much Chahrazad :) All it took was buying the two materials and sewing them together, I hope inshallah to make some more :)

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  3. mashalla, beautiful work sis, I really like<3

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    1. Thanks Sis! Alhamdoolilah :) Thanks for visiting as well :)

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  4. Wow, ambitious! It looks so pretty. When you said hijab tutorial I though you were gonna show us how you do your hijab, like how you wrap it. Could you? I love it. Good job.

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    1. Thank you Mona! HAH! You're right that def. makes sense. Hmmm any ideas on how I could rename this post? I wouldn't mind doing a tutorial although I don't think my scarf wrapping style is anything particular unique. I think I will throw something together, so let me try to get my roomie to pull out the video recorder one day :)

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  5. lov the little DIY ! and its a nice result !
    Thanks for your comment and don't hesitate to contact me the interview thing, I love doing those ;)

    xx

    shay

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    1. Thanks shay! Thanks for visiting. Inshallah I will contact you ;)

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  6. Where do you learn how to sew? This is amazing, Masha'Allah!! You should do videos!!

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    1. @sipping chai- I was taught young how to hand sew but I eventually took a class at the Fashion institute of Tech. in NY, I could have done a much better technical job with the scarf but I liked the way it turned out. THank you so much. Inshallah I will consider doing more videos. Especially if I make more scarves!

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  7. I love this DIY, it came out so well hun

    XoXo Princess G.

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  8. I am hopeless with a sewing machine..but wow, this is a super handy DIY!

    www.roshnistwocents.blogspot.com

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    1. Trust me girl, you can hand sew this! I was This close to doing it myself because I was worried about waking up the baby with the machine. You just also gave me the idea to change the title ;) Thanks!!!

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  9. wow you MADE that!? its stunning and looks stunning on you mA mA
    man i really need to learn how to use a sewing machine!! haha
    naming your hijabs seems fun!! omg your blog is addictiv. "mini me" LOLLLL <3

    http://sarahriaz.blogspot.com/

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    1. :) Sarah you could do this without a machine although it would take a few hours to hand sew. I thought of the first title off my head which of course is a paragraph long :). Thanks so much for visiting. Im glad you got the joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. ASA girly..you did such a great job ... you know I will be making this very soon brought the material today ...lol ... cant wat!!!

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    1. yay!!! Thanks, I feel flattered hearing that from a sewing queen like yourself. Did you get the same material??

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    2. Nope.. it hard for me to wear printed hijabs...lol I got a solid maroon with black trim .. im so plain ...lol

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    3. I am starting to wear a lot of less prints myself. If it works for you do it!

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  11. MashAllah! Wallah I think you just inspired me to start making my own scarfs lol...but honestly it turned out great. I love the pattern next to the solid pink, the contrast is super pretty..and I second the opinion that you should do a tutorial, your style allways turns out great! :)

    muslimahonthemoon.blogspot.com

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    1. Yay! Woman if you do a scarf you have to post it, Id love to see inshallah. Thank you so much, I was actually told by some that the colors didn't match but I had this burning idea in my head to do it. Its great that you noticed. Ill do a tutorial one day, but I am sure my baby will try to throw the camera or something ;)

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    1. Thank you yemege! Thanks for visiting. I visited your blog the food looks great!

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  13. that is awesome mashallah looks gorgeous!!

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    1. Thanks mama! I absolutely LOOOOOVE your style! Congrats on being so chic by the way :)

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  14. reminds me that I still have to do the scarf burning tutorial i promised ages ago eeek!! :S

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    1. haha I forgot about it! I'd love to see it when you do though ;)

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  15. Definitely trying this out! Loved it!

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  16. Wow, it's beautiful, I'm going to have to try this!

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    1. Thanks sis! All the best on your project!

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  17. This is awesome! I usually sew my own maxi hijabs but without ruffles,, I'll definitely try this!

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  18. Def going to give this a go :) great blog now following :)
    http://starvogue84.blogspot.com

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  19. Always wanted to make my own hijab! Awesome job sis! Very pretty mashallah!

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  20. Wowwwww! This makes me want to buy a sewing machine. Not sure how I'll deal with the fire part, though, lol :)

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