Now for that DIY I’ve been talking about – A silky scarf with fringe!
I saw a scarf online with fringe on the edges and really liked the way it looked when tied
… so I had an idea! Originally, I was hoping to find a plain square scarf and simply add
fringe but once I couldn’t find what I was looking for, I went to plan B.
Plan B: Make your own scarf!
I went to Jo-Ann Fabrics and was blown away by my fabric choices. They had a ton of
printed sateens – just what I was looking for! And the best part? They were 30% off!
I also picked up some 4 inch black fringe.
Okay – so first step:
Cut the fabric into a square. I wanted my scarf to be fairly large and it ended up being
about 31″ on each side.
Epworth is a great model … and always chooses the most convenient places to sit.
Next, fold the fabric in half diagonally and pin along the two cut edges.
Then, start sewing your trim down! Instead of pinning the trim all down at once likeÂ I
would have if I used a sewing machine, I just pinned it as I hand stitched my way down the scarf.
Then the groomer called telling me that Shanty was ready to be picked up and I ran out
of natural light for nice flash-less pictures … so here is my awesome illustration
on how I stitched the fringe and scarf together.
It’s just a really simple in and out running stitch. Don’t you love my artistry?
Stitch a strip of fringe all the way down one edge of the scarf and then down the other.
Do not put fringe along the folded edge! At the point, layer one piece of fringe over the
other, sew together, and cut off any excess.
Tip: Fringe will fray on the edges where it has been cut. To stop the fraying, lightly run
a match over the cut edges to melt the fibers together to create a barrier.
Okay, now you may be asking how you would wear such a thing. Today I wore this to work
at the salon with my dark skinny jeans and flats because I had a busy day. This evening I am
going to see Forest Hills Northern High’s fall musical, Beauty and the Beast so I put on
my “Sexy Boot” jeans from the Gap and my almond toe heels. By the way, I can’t tell you
how many compliments I’ve received on these jeans. They are perfect with heels for a
step up from casual.
Side Note: I hope you got a chance to see the show. It’s supposed to be awesome. Plus,
the girl who plays Belle is a total doll. Kai took her senior pictures and I styled her clothes
and highlighted/styled her hair for the session. She also came in to see me earlier this
week for an all over color (she had to be brunette for the role of Belle!).
Okay, anyway – My outfit for the evening.
… and without the jacket …
This is how to tie the scarf:
Hold it on both ends with the point facing down.
Bring the ends around your neck to the desired length. I wanted mine long so it hits
around my belly button. Then tie the ends into a knot.
Then bring the ends forward and tuck them under the scarf … or you can leave them
visibly hanging in front on either side of the scarf, or down your back.
Thanks again for the belt, mom and dad.
In my opinion, this scarf looks and feels expensive. The two layers of sateen have nice
weight to them and are really silky … and it cost just under $15 to make!
Another way that I considered making this piece was to leave it in a square shape and
add fringe to all four edges, then simply fold the scarf on a diagonal when I wore it.
After I saw the cost of fringe, I came up with the pre-folded idea instead. I used half as
much fringe and got the same effect!
A couple of days ago when I posted my “How to Tie a Scarf” video, I received
the followingÂ question:
“My friend bought me a really cute scarf, but it’s not a normal scarf shape. It’s more
like a square. How do I wear it?”
And my answer is, the same as above! Just fold it diagonally before tying.
This adds a whole new life to simple pieces. The top I am wearing is just a white scoopneck
but with the addition of this scarf it looks completely different!