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Yes, that is an interesting spelling in the title above, and it’s meant to be that way. The Loominous collection by Anna Maria Horner is indeed luminous with a wonderfully rich color palette, but it is also LOOMinous because it’s woven with yarn dyed cotton threads. Although Loominous collection can be difficult to find since its amazingly popular debut in 2017, know that any fabric with a soft hand and bold coloring would be excellent for this design. 

Anna Maria is known for her amazing color blending and an adventurous spirit when it comes to bringing in unique textures and experimenting with tactile surface art. The Loominous collection has an inventive combination of traditional and modern elements.

We wanted to create a project that would really take advantage of a broad swath of color and design. Our Reflection Scarves do just that with a unique roll-and-stitch technique that makes the two sides mirror images of one another.

Each scarf uses two yards of two fabrics, but you can make TWO identical scarves from each set – one for you and one for a friend! We used two yards each of four fabrics, which allowed us even more great mixing and matching options. We came up with four completely unique scarves from our cuts – one for us, three for friends… but they are all so pretty – three for us, one for a friend!

A scarf is the perfect accessory to breathe new life into an existing ensemble or to add a welcome flash of color. This time of year, it’s also nice that a long scarf like this can be wrapped around multiple times, giving you both fashion and warmth.

This is such a quick and easy project, and the mixing and matching is so fun, you could easily make a bunch in just a single afternoon. Maybe this is the year you get a jump on your holiday gifts. Starting in January is definitely considered a big jump!

Each scarf finishes at approximately 71″ x 18″.

Sewing Tools You Need

Fabric and Other Supplies

  • 2 yards EACH of TWO 44”+ quilting weight cotton or cotton lawn fabrics for EACH scarf
    NOTE: Remember, two yards each of two fabrics will yield enough for two matching scarves.
  • All purpose thread to match fabric
  • See-through ruler
  • Fabric pen or pencil
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Scissors
  • Rotary cutter and mat
  • Tape measure
  • Seam gauge
  • Seam ripper
  • Hand sewing needle

Getting Started

  1. From the TWO fabrics that make up each scarf, cut ONE 72” long x 19” wide panel from EACH fabric. Because the Luminous collection was a woven, we could easily use its motif as a cutting guide.
  2. We centered our 19” widths so we had a clean edge along each side.
  3. Because of this precise cutting, scissors were our choice over a rotary cutter.

At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board

  1. Place the two contrasting panels right sides together. Their raw edges should be flush all around.
  2. Pin in place along each 72” side.
  3. Using a ½” seam allowance, stitch each 72” side, forming a tube open on each end.
  4. Press both seam allowance open and flat.
  5. Roll the tube so each seam is off-set 5” in from the side. This rolling of the seams is what gives the scarf its unique mix and match look.
  6. Pin together the offset layers along the top and bottom, leaving an approximate 4” opening along the bottom for turning.
  7. The drawings below show you both sides of our four sample scarves with the first combination indicating the finished measurements.
  8. Using a ½” seam allowance, stitch across the top and bottom. Remember to lock your seam at either side of the bottom opening.
  9. Press the top and bottom seam allowances open and clip the corners
  10. Turn right side out through the opening.

    NOTE: Woven fabric can fray more easily; you may want to consider finishing your seam allowances if you anticipate your scarves will be laundered frequently. 
  11. Press flat, pressing in the raw edges of the opening so they are flush with the sewn seam. Pin along the end with the opening.
  12. Hand stitch the opening closed.
  13. Making sure the layers are as flat as possible, pin along both offset seams.
  14. Stitch in the ditch (stitch right on top of the existing seam) along the length of both seams through both layers.


Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation and Instructional Outline: Debbie Guild

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7 years ago

I’ve been sewing for over

I’ve been sewing for over forty years and this is the first time that I’ve been stymied by a sewing term. Please explain what you mean by ‘roll the seam’?  I’ve googled it and have only come up with rolled hems/edges and I don’t think that is what was meant. I’m assuming that you mean to line the tube up according to its seams and than roll it so that the seams are no longer matching? On the other hand, cute scarves!

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