Buon giorno and welcome to Handmade Wednesday. Every Wednesday it’ll be all about sewing, knitting, crafting but even baking or cooking. I’m very excited about it. 52 weeks of fun tutorials, helpful tips and tricks, yummie meals. YAY.

Since I won’t be able to always make the tutorial myself I welcome you to guest post here to share your wonderful crafts. As long as it’s handmade I’d be happy to have you here. Write me an email to lou *at* happyserendipity *dot* com so we can work together.

The first handmade project of this year is the loop scarf that I’ve given to my little niece for Christmas. It’s so easy and quick to make and can be designed in a gazillion different ways – you’ll love it.

I chose a cozy organic flannel fabric made by Cloud9. The Forest Friends series is very soft and warm – so perfect for a winter scarf.

I cut 2 stripes of matching fabric in the dimension 20 x 100 cm (7.9″ x 39.1″). Seems long but it’s supposed to go around the head twice so it’s just right.

2 pieces of fabric

Then you have to put the fabric rights side facing on one another, fix with some pins and sew along the 2 long sides of the stripes leaving the sides open.

2_right on right

Turn inside out and it’ll look like this.

3_inside out

Now it becomes a bit tricky and it took me a while to figure it out since I didn’t have a decent tutorial. At least none with pictures. Bring together the rights sides of one opening, fix and sew as in picture 1 and 2. After that it should look like picture 3 and 4.

closing one side

After that turn inside out again.

5_inside out again

Bring together the other opening and sew together, leaving a bit open to turn inside out AGAIN (I always have to make a mark as I’m dumb enough to sew this close…)

6_mark opening

Now you’re almost done.

7_turn opening

Close the opening with some hand stitches and you’re finished.

8_handstitch close


9_the loop scarf

And it goes around my little neck as well. :-)

loop on me

Very nice! The scarf is reversible, you can arrange it that both sides are showing when you wear it, you can use even more different fabrics than two to have a more patchworked look. The possibilities are various.

This project takes 15 minutes to make and suitable for absolute sewing beginners.

One more thing worth mentioning: I purchased the flannel at Modern Organic Fabric shop where the service was excellent and Melanie provided me with all kinds of valuable information I needed about the fabric. Unfortunately she is closing her shop which is heart breaking as I considered her to be my source when it comes to organic fabric but well, I can imagine how tough it is to survive in this business. I wish her all the best for the future and luckily she’ll be around blogging on A sewing journal. Melanie is giving you a 40% discount until January 15 on all items in the shop so if you’re interested in good quality organic fabric please stop by and check it out.

Thursday will be about handmade as well. Come back tomorrow and see what’s happening.


Hallo ich bin Lou! Schön das du hergefunden hast! Ich hoffe du fühlst dich wohl und lässt dich wunderbar inspirieren!


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  2. Great tutorial, liebe Lou!!! The best I found! Finally I know how to manage after scewing my brain ;o)!!!
    Herzlichen Dank aus der Region Hannover!!!

    lou sagt: gerne chrissy!

  3. Love it!!! What a great idea for flannel. Hmmm, I’ll need to save some Forest Friends Flannel for myself, I think.

    Thanks for the shout out for my sale and my new blog :)

    • melanie, you definitely should! it’s so soft and cozy and the print is just perfect for kids. keep some!!

  4. i wish you a magical year 2011, healthy, joyful and inspirational :)

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