a winner + a toot.

matilda has an announcement…..

congratulations amanda!  be looking for an email from us in your inbox in just a bit.

a BIG thanks to everyone that participated in the gift-away & all the kind feedback!

as a side note:{our spring accessory shopping page will be open on monday}

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now for a tutorial.


2 to 3 yards of gingham fabric . coordinating thread . fabric scissors . shows on your DVR {optional} . iron + ironing board . sewing machine . pin or fabric marker


{30 minutes prepping, 10 minutes sewing, 1-2 hours fringing}


NO. 1, decide on the size you would like your scarf.

our’s is pretty long: 17 x 87″

if you have a favorite scarf  in your closet, grab it to use as a guide for cutting.

NO. 2, decide how long you would like your fringe and mark with a pin or fabric marker.

NO. 3, fire up the DVR and….

let the fringing begin!  pull each thread out away from the fabric {if pulled through the fringe, it’s easy to get stuck & break}.

NO. 4, fold a small hem along the long side {non-fringed} of the fabric….

iron it down so it stays put.

NO 5, fold over a second time {to hide the unfinished edge} and iron.

NO 6, check your sewing machine settings.

i have mine set to a straight stitch, top thread tension 4, needle position 5 {so it sews closer to the inside fold…  if your machine is set to a zig zag, this setting will determine the width of the stitch}, & stitch length 2.

NO 7, now sew along the fold that you so diligently ironed.  i used the 1/8″ seem mark as my guide….  depending on the width of your fold, you may want a wider seem.

NO 8, when you get to the end of your fabric, remember to back-stitch.

NO 9, repeat NO 7 & 8 along the other side of the scarf.

NO 10, enjoy your creation & don’t worry about any flaws you see…  you are the only person that will notice them.


this may or may not be encouraging, but i’ve owned several sewing machines since i was a little girl {how much time i’ve spent using them is a different story} but i still find myself saying “shoot!” or {my 4 year old’s fave}, “poop!” throughout different projects.  {note the troubled bobbin above.  bobbins in general stress me out}…..  sometimes the problem is the machine, other times it’s the operator.  either way, it’s usually a 30 second or so fix and it does get easier!

especially if you take the time to read the sewing machine manual.  i’ve only sort of done this, so while looking for some info about my machine over the weekend i also discovered that it is outfitted with an automatic needle threader….  incredible!

let us know if you have any questions, ideas for new toots or a fun sewing story.

also, if you make a scarf we would love to see it!  you are always welcome to post pictures on our facebook page!

xo . rae

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  • KC March 11, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    cute toot! i think fraying material would be a really nice stress reliever!

  • Melissa Lewis - Midwest Magnolia March 11, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Great tut! I am saving this and making me a scarf ASAP! Perfect for a Midwestern Spring it seems.

  • Carrie Edwards March 12, 2011 at 12:12 am

    so darn cute! can’t wait to try — I’ll have to get a sewing machine first. this seems like something fairly simple a newbie could handle.

  • rachel March 12, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Love it!! So fun!! I will be shopping soon b/c no sewing machine. I hope you do more giveways. They are so cute!!