Summer Sewing ~ Sweet Baby June Cowl

on June 8 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 63 Comments

Kaye Prince from Miss Print joined us earlier this year with her Not Your Traditional Log Cabin Pillow Tutorial. She was recently selected by Quilter’s Home as one of the 55 Best Quilting Blogs. Here’s her introduction with some more information about Kaye’s sewing. Today you can enjoy her super-easy Sweet Baby June Cowl tutorial!

Cowls are absolutely one of my most favorite things! What’s not to love, really? They are totally in right now, they keep your neck warm, and you can make them as pretty or as plain as you like-– that last one is always the mark of a good accessory for me! This variation is not only light and airy for the spring and summer months, but it creates a fun double moebius and it also features voile and linen and lace… Oh my!


  • ¼ yard 54” voile
  • ¼ yard 54” lightweight linen
  • 1.5 yards ¾” scalloped cotton Cluny lace
  • Coordinating thread

Trim the selvedge edges off both your voile and linen, and trim up both pieces so that they are equal to each other in size.

Cut the lace to match the length along one long side of voile– About 52” or thereabouts depending on how much material you cut off with your selvedges.

Line up your Cluny lace, with right sides facing, along one long edge of the voile. If your lace is acting finicky or the edge is a little rolled give it a press with your hot iron; the lace will be fine since it is made from cotton.

Place your linen fabric right side down on top of your voile and lace. Line up the edges and pin along both long sides of the fabric.

Sew both long sides using a quarter inch seam.

Turn the raw edges over ½” along one short side so that wrong sides of the fabric are touching; when you turn the tube these edges will be inside forming a clean fold along that edge.

Turn the tube right side out and press.

Lay the cowl voile-side down on the floor, grab the right edge and fold down once at an angle so that the right sides of the linen are touching.

Repeat the above step one more time so that the rights sides of the voile and linen are touching.

Bring the short edges together with linen sides touching. You’ll have to give it a little twist as you’re bringing the edges up to match but you should be left with two twists in your cowl.

Slip the raw edge of one short side into the folded-in edge of the other short side and pin closed. To get these edges to fit in nicely together you may need to cut a little of lace away from the raw edge. Topstitch by machine or hand stitch the opening closed. Remember that if you’re hand stitching you’ll need to do both sides of the opening! Make sure to also sew the Cluny lace edges over each other to avoid unraveling of the lace.

And voila, you’re done! This cowl is long enough that you can wear it long just draped around the neck but you can also double it up around in a figure eight motion!

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63 Responses to Summer Sewing ~ Sweet Baby June Cowl

  1. Jessica says:

    What a great tutorial!

  2. I’ve made three of these so far. Thank you so much for giving me the lowdown on to make them. I’m in love with the result.

    I blogged about them here:

  3. Heidi Anderson says:

    This is so simple and adorable, how can I not make it!

  4. Cayla Somes says:

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  5. Ceil says:

    Very sweet! Just light and perfect for the summer.

  6. Michelle D says:

    Very cute! I love the white lace, it adds the perfect touche! 😀

  7. Kristin says:

    This is lovely!

  8. Dionisia says:

    that’s really pretty and easy…thanks for the great idea!

  9. Cecilia says:

    This is really cute. Thanks for such an easy tutorial.

  10. Helena Pope says:

    This is so pretty, what a lovely idea, love your choice of fabrics.

  11. Kaye Prince says:

    I just wanted to say thanks for all your lovely comments everyone! Also wanted to let Brie (and anyone else that is interested) know that the nail polish is by Essie and it’s called Chinchilly 😉

  12. Amber V says:

    Super cute! I love it! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Debb Lou says:

    Love to make this….

    debbebennett at yahoo dot com

  14. Sara says:

    Super cute!

  15. Melanie T says:

    Thanks for the chance! I have an order just waiting to be bought:)

  16. Rachel says:

    I always forget about adding little details like a lace egde…thanks!

  17. alison says:

    cute tut! very pretty fabric choice too

  18. Thanks for sharing!

  19. I love that you’ve slipped that pretty lace in there Kaye!

  20. Victoria says:

    I love the idea of a summer cowl, thanks Kaye for such a great tutorial. You rock it dear!

  21. Maeve says:

    Love the scalloped edge – pretty addition to a scarf! Scarves are really “in” year-round right now and such a pretty accessory.

  22. Brie says:

    I love the lace and ohh your nails look pretty!

  23. Nice idea. too hot for a scarf now though.

  24. Eileen says:


  25. Love the fabric choices on this one!

  26. Jennifer says:

    Pretty colors and so simple!

  27. Mary Sue says:

    Really cute, especially the scalloped edge.

  28. Marcia W. says:

    This is unique – the scallops are pretty.

  29. Christina G. says:

    What a fun little accessory. Thanks for sharing.

  30. VickiT says:

    What a great tutorial. Not only did I learn to make a gorgeous looking cowl but you taught me a new word too. I had NO idea what “moebius” was although when I looked it up it makes sense why I didn’t. I was horrible in math and from what I found, that’s a math term. LOL

    The lace you used is just beautiful and made the perfect edge finish to this. Great job.

  31. Ramona says:

    I just found some beautiful light weight cotton at Goodwill yesterday and besides the dress I am going to make, it will be perfect for this cowl! Thanks!

  32. Christine says:

    Very nice!

  33. Margaret says:

    I love summer scarfs! Around here (SF Bay Area) it gets pretty cold in the summer.

  34. Robyn G says:

    Very nice.

  35. tara says:

    Very pretty! I love wearing a cowl, year round!

  36. Jessica says:

    So summery and fun!

  37. Teresa says:

    I love this pattern!
    The voile and linen combination is just perfect.
    And the touch of lace simply made it.
    Thank you so much!

  38. Rebecca says:

    lovely! May have to try this to spice up my wardrobe.

  39. Amy G. says:

    I love the scalloped edge!

  40. Keri Wood says:

    Beautiful cowl I love the colours and the pretty lace. Great colours too they make me think of sunshine (thinking is as good as it gets because it’s raining again in the uk!) apologies for the earlier post my laptop is misbehaving!

  41. Keri Wood says:

    Beautiful cowl I love the colours and the pretty lace. Great colours too they make me think of sunshine (thinking is as good as it gets because it’s raining

  42. Heidi says:

    I’m so glad that I reread that title, I was sure you were talking about a COW!!!

  43. Jennyroo says:

    I love this! Must give it a try SOON!

  44. Sandy says:

    How cute! Thanks for sharing.

  45. I love this so much! I have some really cool linen print fabric that I was wondering how to use and now I know! Thanks a million

  46. rebecca says:

    Fantastic! Love it all.

  47. My husband would argue that a cowl is supposed to have a hood, but that’s just because he plays video games. This looks lovely. Ive never worn a cowl, but I may this winter with this tutorial. It would be nice if made with sweater scraps, I think.

  48. Virginia says:

    how pretty!

  49. Anne Marie says:

    I love this cowl.

  50. oh how elegant and lovely!!! (and seemingly simple to make!)

  51. Jackie says:

    very cute..I will have to try this !

  52. Wendy D. P. says:

    Love this – so pretty and summery!

  53. Tammy says:

    Very pretty! I love the fabric combination and the addition of lace.

  54. Sarah McGrath says:

    Oh that’s so cute!

  55. thanks for the inspiration, i love a good cowl -i just whipped up a winter version…it’s firelighting weather here in New Zealand!

  56. Pat says:

    Great project… I wear scarves all winter but am looking for a summer alternative. The cowl fits the bill..Lace is in this season, that tiny bit of femininty adds just the right touch..Loved the easy to follow instructions… Thanks…

  57. angelina says:

    love that edging.

  58. Eleonora says:

    good idea…a fresh cowl for the summer.I like it!

  59. birrrd says:

    i love the colours and the romantic touch of the lace. i just recently finished a loop and was searching on how to do it. well if i do it again i know where to look it up…

  60. Serena says:

    It’s so pretty! I love absolutely everything about it–the colors, the different fabric textures, the lace–it’s all perfect.

  61. Anita says:

    I’ve only heard of knitted or crocheted cowls up to this point, what a fun alternative!

  62. gina snyder says:

    What a great giveaway! Thanks for doing this!


  63. Jessica says:

    So pretty! Thanks for the tutorial!

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