A dresser scarf is not only used for decorative purposes and enhancing the appearance of the dresser in your bedroom, it is also used to maintain its nice, shiny gloss by protecting it from dust, dirt, and contact with objects that could damage it. These types of scarves can be bought in all colors and designs to suit your bedroom style. Dresser scarves have been around for a long time with cotton fabric as the preferred material. Linen was another choice as well. More recently, synthetic materials have been used to make them too, although a lot of people still prefer the authentic look of cotton scarves. Whatever the fabric used, when properly coordinated, a dresser scarf adds a certain beauty to a bedroom. If you would like to see what it can do for your own bedroom, you may consider making one yourself. It is a project that is simple and can be completed quickly. Here’s how to do it.
- Gather your materials. Your choice of fabric, thread of the same color as your cloth, measuring tape, rotary cutter, pins, iron, and sewing machine. Other optional materials include an embroidery needle and thread or cross stitch needle and thread (if you wish to add in some designs), a pattern for your design and an embroidery hoop.
- Choosing and preparing your fabric. Selecting the material you will be using for your dresser scarf will all depend on you. You may want to stick to the more conventional linen and cotton fabrics of yesterday’s look, or pick out those with more current designs. The important thing is that you determine what will blend in with the atmosphere of your bedroom. You can choose a material that would either make a striking contrast with your beddings, or find colors that match it perfectly. Use your imagination when picking out your scarf fabric. Once you have made your choice, make sure you wash your fabric first as most of them do shrink after being washed and dried.
- Measuring your dresser. To begin, you will need to take the measurement of your dresser’s length. You can either have your scarf draping down the edges of the dresser or keep it as long as the dresser top to simply cover it. To have its edges hang down the sides, add an allowance of about 8 inches to your fabric. For a scarf that covers the dresser top only, take away an inch from your measurement. From here, you will take the measurement of the dresser’s width, which will let you know the width of the material you will be using up.
- Working on your fabric. With the measurements of your dresser as a guide, cut out your material into two pieces, joining them with their right parts together. Pin them up and begin to sew through both pieces while leaving half an inch allowance on the seam and an opening of around 4 inches in width. Now you can turn your scarf inside out through this opening so that the right side of the fabric is in place. Use your pins again to attach your fabric layers together that you will sew, using a top-stitch about a fourth of an inch from the fabric’s edge. Sew a blind stitch to close up your opening.
- Embroidery and cross-stitch. If you would like to add embroidery or cross stitch designs on to your scarf, get your desired pattern and do your stitching on the scarf before sewing the pieces together. Use your embroidery hoop for easy stitching.
Your dresser scarf is now ready to adorn your dresser. This little touch
added on to your decorating will make a big difference in improving the
whole look of your bedroom.