I feel a bit silly posting this today, when the high is 85°, but this post has been in my drafts folder mocking me since mid-February, and if I don’t put it up now, I might as well wait another six months!
Here in San Francisco, the temperature is typically between 55° and 70° year round.
But in early January, we had a string of chilly days where the high temperatures were in the 30s and 40s – we even had snow at very high elevations in San Francisco!
My husband lamented not having a scarf, and I felt bad that I couldn’t loan him mine because even though it’s not girly it is still distinctly feminine. I recalled that I used to have an awesome scarf that I sadly left behind at a work function in Oakland years ago. It was solid gray with the tassels on the end, probably acrylic, nothing special, but it had a nice texture.
Then it occurred to me – why not make him a scarf? He was keen on the idea, and his only request that it be made out of something really soft.
I suspected that it would be really easy to make a scarf:
– determine length and width desired and basically cut two lengths of fabric to those dimensions plus seam allowances;
– place the right sides of the fabric together, and sew, leaving a couple inches open for turning;
– and then just turn the tube inside out, stitch it closed, and iron.
Kind of like an unstuffed, really long, skinny pillow, but I wasn’t 100% sure.
Being a fairly novice seamstress, I turned to my semi-trusty friend Google. Of course, despite searching for a “sewing pattern,” I mostly came across knitting patterns (like this neat looking one at the Purl Bee) – which I definitely didn’t want to do. I’ve been knitting since I was a kid, but I’m not fast enough at it to make most projects feel worth the hours required. Knitting requires time and patience I generally lack.
Thinking back to my old lost scarf, I remembered that I had some gray corduroy (and my husband and I both love corduroy) that I’m planning to make H some pants out of, but I didn’t think I had enough to spare to make a whole scarf.
Digging through my embarrassingly large fabric pile, I noticed some orange flannel with a white bicycle print. It was Snuggle flannel that I had bought on sale at Joann’s, but I had no particular project in mind. But I really loved it and thought that I could make something for the kids or for the playroom with it so I bought 2 yards. My husband’s favorite color is orange so it was the perfect choice.
I found this Martha Stewart tutorial that confirmed that making a scarf was exactly as easy as I assumed and I set to work.
I think it came out pretty well. It’s reversible – professional and classy on one side, fun and colorful (without being silly, I think) on the other. Both the flannel and corduroy are super soft and warm.
My husband is 6’1″, and I read somewhere a scarf should be about the same as your height so it’s about 72″ finished and I sewed 1/4″ seams.
Limited by available fabric, the width is less than I probably would have wanted, only 4.5″, which means my husband can’t fold it in half (to really hide the orange, if he somehow found himself somewhere it was too unserious), but the scarf more than covers his neck and that’s its main function. And as corduroy and flannel are both thick fabrics, that bulk wouldn’t have been desirable either.
I call it the San Francisco Scarf because I’d like to think the orange is a nice nod to the Giants (Orange Fridays especially are an eye-searingly good time) and the (International Orange-colored) Golden Gate Bridge, the gray is for the fog, and the bicycles, well, everyone in San Francisco has an opinion about bicycles!