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How to Make a Patchwork Journey Scarf

I love the game Journey by that game company. So I made a Journey scarf using patchwork fabrics. Here's instructions so you can do it yourself.

  1. Begin by buying supplies.
    • You'll need more yellow fabric than red fabric and more red fabric than white fabric.
    • Choose approximately 4-8 different fabrics in each colour to create the patchwork look.
    • Different patterns and textures will make your scarf unique to you.
    • To help you keep in the same colour hues, take a print out of an image from Journey with you when you choose your colours.
    • Decide on the approximate length of your scarf and multiply that number by 9 to determine how much ribbon you will need (yes, it's a lot).
    • You need yellow, red and white sewing thread.
  2. Prepare yellow fabric for sewing:
    • Cut up the pieces of yellow fabric into squares and rectangles.
    • If you want, you can make your pieces exactly the same size, which will make sewing them together much easier.
    • Lay the pieces out in a long line with two straight sides to make a long rectangle.
      • Try to consider your seam allowance when placing pieces.
      • Make the length approximately the same as the length you decided upon earlier.
      • The width of your scarf will be half of the width you set up here.
      • Line up yellow fabric
  3. Sew together yellow fabric:
    • Begin at one end and sew together your pieces bit by bit.
      • To sew together: place two pieces with right sides facing and sew in a straight line leaving a seam allowance (a little bit of fabric between the edge and your seam).
      • As you sew, leave a decent seam allowance so that you don't end up with fraying/holes as your scarf ages.
      • Keep a consistent seam allowance as you sew.
    • Depending on how precise you were when laying out the fabric, you might need to add pieces to cover any holes you create while sewing.
    • Try to think ahead a bit as you sew since anywhere you have a join of 4 pieces it might be difficult to hide your seams if you haven't sewn a few nearby pieces together first.
    • Line up yellow fabric
  4. Create a yellow scarf:
    • Sew together the two long sides by placing the right sides of the fabric facing in.
    • You'll now have a big tube.
    • Carefully pull the fabric through a hole and turn it right way out.
    • Iron the scarf flat, note you can choose to iron it flat along any line, not just along the long straight seam you have just created.
    • Tuck in the ends and sew them off, you will see these seams but that's ok.
    • You should now have a nice yellow scarf.
  5. Preprare red fabric for sewing:
    • Create a template red piece to use for cutting all the other pieces:
      • To work out the correct width of your red pieces, place 4 lines of ribbons on the edges of your scarf ribbon on the fabric and measure the amount of yellow in between.
      • The straight edge at the top/bottom of each red piece should be the same length as the height of the piece.
      • Test size of red pieces
    • Cut out red pieces using your template.
    • Line pieces along the scarf to see how many you need.
      • Leave extra space at the ends before beginning the pattern, to match the scarf in the game. Note: I forgot about this myself, whoops.
      • Make sure you cut out two red pieces each time, so that you will have enough for both sides of the scarf.
      • Line up red fabric Red pieces laid out
  6. Sew on your red pieces:
    • Loosely hand sew on one of the red squares on one side. Or sew one side completely on using zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine.
    • Turn the scarf over so you can see the threads coming through from the other side.
    • Place the matching side on top of where the threads are so that you know they should be lined up.
    • Zig-zag sew this side on.
    • Red pieces laid out
    • Turn the scarf back over and check that you really did line things up right.
    • Don't stress if things weren't quite right on the other side, just sew over it again. As long as you're not too far out of line, the new lines will probably not be too noticeable.
  7. Prepare little red dots:
    • These are the little sections that will mark the middle of the red pieces.
    • For each red piece you have along one side of the scarf, you'll need 4 little red pieces of ribbon approximately 1 inch long.
    • Cut out another 28 pieces for the end sections.
    • Small red ribbons pieces
  8. Sew on little red dots:
    • Take one of the strips of red ribbon and fold it in half.
    • Align it with the middle of a red fabric piece with the folded end facing to the edge of the scarf. Note: the folded end should not intersect with the edge of the scarf.
    • One red ribbon sewn down
    • Sew at least two sides of the ribbon down using straight stitch. You can sew all sides if you want, but that's more work than is necessary.
    • Turn the scarf over.
    • You should be able to see the location of the ribbon on the other side based on where the stitches come through.
    • Stitching shows placement
    • Place another ribbon so that it is aligned with your stitches and sew it fully into place.
    • Turn over the scarf and check that both sides were sewn on properly. If they weren't, just sew a bit more on the other side.
    • Repeat for top and bottom of each red fabric section.
    • To do the ends, you'll sew a horizontal ribbon, then a vertical ribbon and repeat this. Note: I didn't leave enough yellow at the end of my scarf so in doing this part it meant I didn't put a center ribbon on the ending red fabric swatch. If you've measured correctly you won't have this issue.
    • Ends of scarf
  9. Sew on side ribbons:
    • Start by doing the medium length ribbon sections between your red dots.
    • Measure out the length between the dots and leave enough to be able to fold over the ends so they don't fray.
    • If you were super precise when placing your red fabric squares, the in-between distances will be the same all the way along your scarf and you can easily cut up the ribbon pieces all at once. If (like me) you weren't as precice, then the length of your ribbon pieces will vary, so you should cut your ribbon as you go to ensure you don't cut pieces that are too large/small for the space.
    • Similarly to the small ribbon sections, place your ribbon down on one side and partially or fully sew it down.
    • You can use straight stitch, not ziz-zag stitch because the uncut edges of the ribbon will not be prone to fraying.
    • Turn the scarf over and sew on the matching other side.
    • Repeat until all of the medium length ribbon pieces have been filled up.
    • To do the long side ribbon you'll need 4 pieces of ribbon that are as long as your scarf, remember to allow a small "seam" allowance to tuck ends of ribbon under to avoid fraying.
    • For the long ribbon lengths I recommend you sew each one down completely on your first side.
    • When you turn over, align the ribbon again. For this step it may be helpful to use pins to ensure the ribbon stays in the correct place.
  10. Prepare white fabric:
    • Choose which glyphs you would like to use from the game.
    • I choose my glyphs based on helpful companions I met on my Journeys.
    • You'll need as many glyphs as you have red swatches of fabric
    • Each glyph is made of 4 sub-glyphs which can be cut out from a 3 by 3 grid.
    • Work out the size of each sub-glyph by measuring your red swatches and then allowing some space for a red border.
    • From this calculation determine how large each cube in the 3 by 3 should be.
    • Draw a grid of 12 by 3 small squares.
    • Draw grid on white fabric
    • Cut out the 3 by 3 squares, you'll need 8 3 by 3 squares for each glyph you plan to create.
    • White squares ready to be cut up
    • Cut out your shapes for your glyph from the 3 by 3 cubes you have created.
    • WARNING: Your glyph needs to be mirrored on the reverse side, so don't cut two of every shape. This means that if on the front side there is a J shape, on the back it will need to be a backwards J.
  11. Sew on white fabric:
    • You will be following a similar process to the previous steps.
    • Place your white sub-glyph pieces down to make one big glyph and pin them into place.
    • Placing one side of white pieces down
    • Zig-zag sew on the white pieces fully on one side of the fabric.
    • Turn your scarf over.
    • See the stitches from the other side
    • You should see where to place the mirrored white pieces for this side based on the stitches that have come through from the other side.
    • Sew on the second side of sub-glyphs.
    • Turn over the scarf to check your stitches line up. If they don't, put in some extra stitches to cover up the mistakes.
    • Repeat for each of the red squares going down your fabric.
  12. You now have a finished scarf!
    • Finished scarf Close up Finished scarf Close up
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Any questions or comments on these instructions? Feel free to contact me.

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