Friday, April 17, 2009

Easy sewing project

Do you ever encounter climate-control disagreements with your traveling companion? My theory is that the driver (usually my husband) needs to be perfectly comfortable which leaves me about 10 degrees cooler than I'd like. The same goes for the hotel room -- the driver controls the AC to guarantee a good night's sleep, which means I'm a little chilly on my side. Here's my solution: An easy-to-make lightweight travel blanket that works in the car but is big enough to provide an extra layer overnight.

Start with three Pashmina-style scarves (check clearance racks for great bargains this time of year). All you need to do is to sew them together, and you'll have an easy-to-pack, warm blanket.
I found out the hard way that sewing these thin, long, scarves together is a little easier said than done, especially if you are just a craft sewer like I am. I had trouble keeping the edges lined up, even with a lot of pinning. And, much to my dismay, I found out that the scarves were not equal lengths to start with, so I got a ragged edge.
To help with the sewing, I used some fusible webbing material to fuse the scarves together before sewing:
This really helped with the alignment. Then I top stitched along the same path in a contrasting color just for fun. If I had really planned ahead, I would have staggered the scarves so the un-evenness would be equal on each end.
So, what do you think?


  1. Thanks. I gave it to my mom as a belated Christmas gift -- I was trying to make most of my gifts this year, or at least purchase things that other people made.