Tutorial: Loominous and neon pom pom cowl
There is a chill in the air and that means it’s time to stitch up all of the cowls, all of the scarves…all of the autumn things! For this scarf we teamed our new neon pom pom trim with Anna Maria Horner‘s new yarn-dyed woven collection, Loominous. It’s an unexpected pairing, but I think it really works!
- One metre of Loominous. We used Headlines in Evening but Big Love in Midnight would also be an awesome choice – both have citrusy yellow accents throughout the woven designs that play well with neon yellow.
- Coordinating thread. We used this one. Or you could go bolder and use neon yellow.
- 1.5m of neon yellow pom pom trim
This fabric looks nearly identical on the right and wrong sides. It won’t really matter if you forget which is which but if the thought of mixing them up bothers you, put stickers or mark the wrong sides now before you start cutting!
First cut your metre in half from selvedge to selvedge so you have two pieces that each measure 50cm x 112cm.
Now take one piece and cut a 45 degree angle across the centre.
Pin one of the pieces of fabric to each end of the rectangular piece of fabric, selvedge to selvedge so that the fabric is laid out like this:
Sew the pieces right sides together with a half inch seam allowance.
Press the seam open. Because you’re working with selvedges and those selvedges are really soft, I think you can just leave them. Job done. No finishing necessary and yay for that!
Now take one of diagonal ends of the scarf and create a hem toward the right side by pressing 1/4″ and then 1/4″ again. This fabric holds a press really well.
Pin your pom pom trim into the hem. Start about an inch from the top of the diagonal and two inches from the point of the diagonal.
Roll it in your fingers to really hide the tape so only the poms are showing. I found pinning it horizontally helped keep the trim in place.
Stitch as close the edge of the fold as possible to hide that tape completely.
If you’ve done your job it will be well-hidden!
Now fold the enclosed trim back to the wrong side and carefully press. These poms will melt if they come into contact with a hot iron so proceed with caution! Stitch the fold as close to the edge as possible.
Repeat these steps on the other diagonal end of your scarf.
Now create a hem on the long sides of your scarf by turning and pressing 1/4″ and 1/4″ again.
At the corners, you’re going to fold the diagonal ends under this hem to try to keep things looking tidy. The pointy ends are trickiest! Snip off the end, and carefully tuck and fold.
Now sew these hems down as close the the edge as possible.
It will look something like this when you’re finished.
The top of the diagonal is a bit easier to manage.
And you’re done!