|Pattern Description: from Indygo Junction: "Two unique scarves. Make-up in wool or polar fleece for a winter warmer or create a chic fashion accessory in cotton batik. Two styles, the pinwheel version with eight circles making up one unit or single circles sewn together to make a lighter weight scarf. The pinwheel scarf can be made mixing patterns/colors or using a single color for each unit. The scarves length is adjustable"|
Pattern Sizing:one size, but you can vary the length as you choose by just adding more circles
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?yes
Were the instructions easy to follow?yes. I am not a quilter, so it was not readily apparent to me how the pinwheels were constructed. If you do quilt, I'm sure you wouldn't need the pattern at all as you only cut 3" circles and a plastic wedge template.
The wedge template (I cut mine from plastic embroidery canvas because that's what I had on hand) was a really useful tool. You use it to stitch along, not unlike using a hump jumper for jeans. A piece of cardboard I think would work well also.
The template helped keep the shape of the pinwheel uniform as you're constructing each one. I used a zipper foot which rode along the edge of the template. The zipper foot/template combo also helped my wool from stretching out. If you used polar fleece, I would think even more so it would help you to stitch without distortion.
Also, if you have an Olfa rotary cutter, you'll save yourself a lot of time.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
It's such a distinct scarf. I haven't run across too many distinct scarves of late.
There's 80 seams here. Yes, they're only a couple of inches long, but it's tedious, and it makes for a LOT of thread cutting.
Fabric Used:a nice thick 100% wool from a thrifted sweater that I felted. I cut around the embroidery which was not at all my style and had more than enough fabric. And it cost only $7.
The pattern suggests fat eighths from Weeks Dye Works. While WDW does have lots of coordinating wool felts, the pattern requires 9 fat eighths and each eighth looks to run at about $5 which adds up to an expensive project. If you cut the scarf from 60" wide fabric, you only need 1/3" yd.
You could use polar fleece, but the wool is so much nicer.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:none
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?It's too distinctive to make again as a scarf, but tiny pinwheels would make great decorations. It would take forever to seam it (and be tediously boring to do so), but a garland made out of these pinwheels would be a showstopper.
Conclusion: It seems silly to write a review on a pattern with exactly one pattern piece that you don't even need, but the result is a scarf that is fun to wear. Go felt a sweater.
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~E Made This