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!

Materials:

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

Directions:
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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