Scarf With Fringe DIY.

November 20, 2010

Filed Under: DIY, Style


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.

Okay, cat-less.

Next, fold the fabric in half diagonally and pin along the two cut edges.


Wide view.

Then, start sewing your trim down! Instead of pinning the trim all down at once like 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.

The end!


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. :)

Outfit Breakdown:
Leather Jacket: Banana Republic / Scarf: Handmade / Bracelets: Old Navy / Top: J. Crew / Belt: J. Crew / Jeans: Gap / Shoes: Target

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 following 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!

- Kayls.

10 Responses to “Scarf With Fringe DIY.”

  1. Jill says:

    I love love love this outfit! The print of the scarf is beautiful- such a good idea. Your jacket is awesome as well. Any recommendations for where to find a good one that will last?

    • admin says:

      Banana Republic or Gap has really nice leather jackets. J. Crew does too but those are going to a little more expensive.
      I would also try some department stores … particularly Macy’s. :)

  2. Jessica says:

    yay! i love that scarf. and now im excited to wear my square scarf :) thanks kayley!

  3. Rebecca says:

    Gap jeans are just wonderful – I have the sexy boot, perfect boot, and long & lean. Love them all and you’re right, lots of compliments.

    This scarf is gorgeous! Thanks for the DIY post!

    And…just wait until you start wrapping presents; Epworth will be particularly helpful then!

  4. Jorie says:

    Love this post…especially your sewing illustration :) You look beautiful in your LONG hair, and I’m glad to see you are enjoying your belt. The scarf turned out great!

  5. Kate says:

    I love this scarf, Kayley! I think I’m going to have to try it.

  6. Bonnie says:

    Aww the kitty! And I love this scarf <3

  7. Alysse says:

    Great scarf! There are so many different, unique options when you DIY. Also, is your hair naturally wavy like that? If not, you should show us how you get those awesome waves.

    • admin says:

      Thank you! No, it’s not naturally wavy. I will do a post with a video sometime on how I curl it to get this look. Stay tuned … :)

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