How to Sew a Scarf: A Super-simple Tutorial

  • August 20, 2013 8:35 am

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This is a super-easy way to sew a scarf. It makes a scarf that is two metres long so you can tie it however you’d like.

Step 1: Choose the right type of fabric

  • You’ll need one metre of fabric. Choose a fabric that is light, soft and drapes well, such as cotton lawn, voile, silk, double gauze, muslin, light weight linen, etc. I used a Nani IRO double gauze because it is beautifully soft, yet still has body.
  • Don’t be tempted to use quilting fabric because it just won’t drape properly.

Step 2: Cut fabric in half

  • Cut your  fabric in half along the length, so you have 2 pieces, 1 metre x half the width of the original piece.
  • Why not just use a 2 metre piece of fabric? You certainly could, but that is a whole lot of fabric for one scarf. You could use a 2 metre piece and just use half the width of the piece and do something with the rest.

Step 3: Sew pieces together

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Step 4: Fold and sew length

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  • Fold the piece in half lengthwise, right sides together. Pin and sew along the length and one of the short edges, leaving the second short edge open.
  • Turn the scarf right side out. Dig into the two inside corners with the tip of your closed scissors so you get a nice sharp square corner.

Step 5: Sew final edge

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  • Before you sew the final edge closed, take your time and iron the seams so the scarf sits flat and the edges are neat.
  • Then fold in about 1 cm (or half an inch) all around the open end. Iron this flat, so both edges are even. Pin the opening in place (as shown below).
  • Now sew this edge together using a top-stitch length (about 3 on most sewing machines).

Step 6: Press again

  • Iron the whole scarf again. Yep, again! You can never iron too much.
  • And voila! One long rectangular scarf, neatly finished, and ready for a windy day!

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For more scarf inspiration…

If you’re a scarf-lover like me, you might like to follow my Scarf Pinterest Board. I’ve only just started this, but I’ll be adding to it regularly.

For more beginner sewing projects…

See our Beginner sewing projects gallery here.

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Lisa Edwards
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