Sewing pom pom trim on an infinity scarf – the easy way

A tutorial for a cowl/infinity scarf with a pom pom trim caught my eye on The Daily Stitch blog some time back (can hardly believe it was back in late 2014!).   I was smitten with the tutorial scarf and bought the necessary fabrics.  Infinity scarves are great.  They stay put and are super easy to make – or so I thought.

Cutting out the fabric pieces was fine.  It was only when it came to attaching the pom pom trim that I ran into trouble.  My sewing machine and the pom pom trim did not get on.  Not at all.  Instead of a nice, straight seam, I found that I had uneven and skipped stitches.  I tried the usual suspects – new needle, re-threading, checking tension – all to no avail.  And so the half finished scarf was put to one side and there it languished for over a year.

Well, the scarf is languishing no more, all thanks to this sewing foot.

Single welt cord sewing foot

Piping sewing foot

Yes, it is a piping foot – or as mine is known – a single welt cord foot.  Originally I had bought this foot for sewing piping on cushions.  However that little grove on the back also helps hold and guide the pom pom trim as it is sewn and makes a neat, even seam.

Here is the finished scarf made in Cotton and Steel fabric and lined with Cambridge lawn in a bright peachy apricot.  Doesn’t it look great?

Pom pom trim cowl

Pom pom trim infinity scarf

Now that I have cracked sewing the pom pom trim, I’ll be whipping up more of these fab accessories.  Because we all know you can never have too many scarves…

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My new favourite gadget

I  popped this inexpensive little gadget into my shopping basket on a whim and it is just the best thing.

The corner trimmer was designed to simplify sewing right angled triangles, such as half square triangles or flying geese blocks.  The main reason I wanted to give it a try was because it also makes it easier to cut and sew the bias edges when piecing binding strips (one of my bugbears).    

Anyway, to use this little gadget for binding, I cut my strips and then simply lined up a straight edge of the trimmer exactly on the long edge of a binding strip.  I first cut the diagonal edge and then the 90 degree triangle.  Turning the strip around, I did the same at the other end.  

Cutting off the little triangle on the end made such a difference!  No more guesswork matching seams. Now they lined up perfectly.  

And there were no “dog ears” of fabric to cut off after the seams were pressed open.

When sewing the binding to the quilt, I prefer to use a diagonal seam for the final join.  The corner trimmer made this so simple to do.  It was small enough to manoeuvre on the binding strip ends and the clear cutting instructions made it easy to get the final length of the strip just right.

I love this corner trimmer and can see that I will be using it often.  Binding from now on will be a breeze!