Make Your Own Scarf - Three Ways


I love scarves. I feel put together and stylish when I'm wearing one. This being my first winter in central Oregon I'm also learning to appreciate their extra warmth. The only downside is quality scarves can often be quite costly. Luckily they are easy to make, and you can purchase stunning, high quality fabric for less then many store bought scarves. 


Everyone from my teenage daughter to my retired father can enjoy a scarf. Change up the fabric and style, and you can make a scarf to suit almost anyone. One of our three scarf designs is sure to please. They are all fast, and all fabulous!

Let’s start with the simplest scarf.


Doesn’t it look cute on Teri?

This scarf is all about the fabric. Literally. It’s a 45” square of fabric with frayed ends. That’s it, but you can wear it so many ways.


The fabric I chose is a woven with an accent stripe of what looks like embroidery floss. I chose it because the floss is carried down the selvedges of the fabric making two gorgeous sides without any effort on my part. The floss also makes a nice line to fray your remaining edges up to. Lastly the larger weave makes it easy and quick to fray the edges. If you prefer all your edges to match, trim the selvedges and fray all the edges.

I used Eggplant (last photo) for my scarf, but we have the same fabric in a number of other colors as well (photos are linked to fabric).


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Our second scarf is almost as easy. I cut two yards of yarn dyed flannel lengthwise, then seamed the two halves in the middle. Finally I frayed all four edges, fraying the ends more than the sides. You can leave the center seam edges raw for a bit of texture, or sew a french seam for a more finished look. 

This is a huge scarf. My finished scarf is 22 inches wide x 4 yards long. I wanted it big enough for a tall man.


I think Ross looks very handsome! 

I would wear the bigger scarf, but you could easily make a smaller version with 1 ½ yards of fabric. 


Make sure that any fabric you select for either of the first two scarves is dyed, not printed. Both sides of the fabric will be visible. 

The flannel I used in this scarf is yarn dyed, and very soft, with good drape. Some of the thicker flannels won't hang as nicely and would be too bulky around the neck. The flannel pajama pants tutorial was so popular though, that we are currently out of our yarn dyed flannels. Please check back, we will have them on our website as soon as we can get more. 

Last up, a classic infinity scarf, made from a striped knit. These require a bit more sewing, but no fraying so you can still make one in well under an hour.


I think Karen looks very stylish! All my models were such good sports. Thanks guys!

I used two full yards of fabric for this scarf. It will seem like too much, but trust me. As you can see the result is voluminous, but not overwhelming.

However, if you like a less voluminous scarf, cut your fabric down the center lengthwise. You will still need two yards to have enough length to wrap around your neck twice, but if you cut your fabric in half you can make two scarves. One to give, and one to keep.

Download the free Infinity Scarf pattern for all of the construction details.

We have a number of knits that would make great scarves (photos are linked to fabric). 

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This style of scarf can be made with almost any fabric though. I think it looks very posh in a gauze fabric or light weight linen, but quilting cotton will work as well.