Not a Homebody figure 8 cowl

This project was dreamed up during the planning for our new window display (more details tk on that!) which features several fabric from and projects inspired by Cotton + Steel. It pulls inspiration and guidance from so many other projects – Anna Maria Horner’s Figure 8 Scarf, Fiona’s Double Gauze Scarf and Purl Bee’s Long Pom Pom Cowl were all dancing around in my head as I cut the pieces and stitched this up.


I decided to pair a delicious Cotton + Steel lawn from the Homebody collection by Kim Kight with Cambridge lawn in Mango by Robert Kaufman and add mini pom pom trim to the mix. So whilst Homebody is the star of the show, the bright accents make this a cowl you’ll wear loudly and proudly when you’re not at home!


This is not the most fabric efficient project, given the odd size requirements, so we’ve made up a few kits. You can find them in the shop here.

*Two pieces of lawn or voile measuring 175cm x 37cm
*3.5m mini pom pom trim
*Thread that coordinates with the back fabric, which will be hand sewn



First lay your pom pom trim down along the long edge of the right side of your fabric with the poms facing in. I don’t think it matters whether you sew it to the top or bottom fabric, but I sewed it to my back fabric. Aim to sew it down 1/2″ from the edge. Repeat on the opposite edge.

cowl 1

Lay your other fabric on top, right sides together, sandwiching the poms inside. Pin together, gently stretching your back fabric if sewing the poms caused it to shrink up a bit. Sew the fabric together along the same line of stitching. Repeat on the opposite edge. You should now have a long tube of fabric.

cowl 2

Turn your tube inside out and give it a good press. Now pop over to Anna Maria’s blog to see how she closes up her scarf. No need to reinvent the wheel here as she’s done it so well!

Pop your scarf on and wear it when you’re feeling not like a homebody!

cowl on form

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