I have had a request for instructions for a Christmas mantle scarf. Thanks for the suggestion, Nancy – great idea. Bearing in mind how much we all need to do before Christmas I have tried to make it as simple and easy as possible.
Fabric requirements for the Christmas mantle scarf
1/4 yard of each of three fabrics, although you should have some left over of two of the fabrics
1/4 yard of backing fabric
I have based these requirements on my mantle size which is 44£ wide and 5.1/2″ deep. You will have to amend the measurements if your mantle is significantly different from that.
Cutting fabric for the Christmas mantle scarf
green fabric: one strip 6″ wide across the width, one strip 2.1/2″ across the width
red and white fabric: one strip 4.1/2″ wide across the width
Making the top section of the Christmas mantle scarf
Cut across the strips of red and white fabric at 4.1/2″ intervals to make 4.1/2″ squares. Take two of the white squares and trim them to make 3.1/4″ squares. Cut each one of these in half along the diagonal to make four triangles. Take one of the red squares and place with the white triangles along each edge. With right sides together sew in place using 1/4″ seams. When you begin sewing the second triangle in place, finger press the end of the previous seam up away from where you are beginning the next seam.
Take the 6″ strip of green fabric and cut in half across the width, making two strips 6″ wide by about 22″ long. Attach one strip to each side of the square you have just made, to make one long strip. The overall length needs to be the width of your mantlepiece plus 5″ – to give a 2.1/2″ overhang at each end. For my mantle that meant an overll length of 49″. The central square is 6″ across, so each length of green had to 21.1/2″. If your mantle is longer than the length of your strip, add a small panel at each end. Put to one side for the moment.
Making the triangle bunting for the Christmas mantle scarf
Take the remaining squares of white and put into pairs with right sides together. Sew all round the edge of each square. Mark a line along the diagonal of each square.
Repeat with the remaining red squares. Cut along the diagonals you have marked to make two triangle pouches from each square. Trim the seam across the top angle of the triangle, taking care not snip the stitching, and turn right side out. Press all the triangles.
Snip the ends of the seams sticking out at the base of the triangles and pin the triangles to the right side of the 2.1/2″ green strip. Just start at one end of the green strip and add triangles all the way across. This is more than you need, but will give you some flexibility when attaching the strip to the main section of the Christmas mantle scarf. Sew in place.
Assembling the Christmas mantle scarf
Return to the 6″ main section that you made first. Find the midpoint of the strip with triangles and pin it (right sides together) to the midpoint of the red square. Continue pinning along the length of the strips until nearly at the end. Trim the 2.1/2″ strip with triangles to 2.1/2″ less than the length of the 6″ strip at each end. You may end up with half a triangle as I did, depending on your mantle width. Stitch the two strips together.
Backing the Christmas mantle scarf
That’s the top of the mantle scarf finished, so now there just remains the backing to complete it. Cut a piece of backing fabric to the size of the top. Lay the scarf top on the backing fabric to use as a pattern. It will be about 49″ long and 8.1/2″ wide, with the corner cut out at the 6″ mark as shown. Pin the backing to the right side of the mantle scarf top and sew round three sides: the two sides and the back, leaving the front edge with the triangles open.
Trim the corners, snipping across the diagonal of the corners that stick out and snipping towards the stitching on the corners that stick in. This makes the corners less bulky.
Turn right side out and press. The only raw seam is along the tops of the triangles. Turn under a small seam and stitch in place. At the same time turn under the edges of the part triangles at each end (if you have any) and stitch them as well to avoid fraying.
At each end of the mantle scarf there is a cut out square where the 6″ strip is longer than the triangle strip. Pin the two edges of this cutout together and slipstitch in place by hand. These will fit on the corner of your mantlepiece. That’s the Christmas mantle scarf complete and ready for use.