Do you love plaid scarves? Do you need an easy and inexpensive gift idea? If both of these are true, then I think you’ll like today’s post. I’ve got a plaid scarf tutorial for you, and I’m going to show you how to make your own plaid scarf for under $5. And I’ll even show you how to tie a scarf.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A good pair of scissors- Please don’t use your kitchen scissors or your kids’ scissors or the scissors you use to open packages with. A good pair of sewing scissors is important for clean cutting.
- 1.5 yards of plaid fabric- What you really need is a square of fabric, but most stores will only cut fabric in 1/2 yard increments. The fabric I used is 44″ wide, so I had to buy 1.5 yards and then cut it down to size myself. My fabric was on sale at JoAnn’s for around $4.50/yard, and then I used a 50% off coupon.
Step 2: Fold up the bottom corner of your fabric to meet the other side. This is the first step in cutting your fabric into a square. I had flashbacks of elementary school while doing this.
Step 3: Cut off the excess fabric, and voila! There’s your square.
Step 4: Now to fray the edges. Just take one corner of your fabric and pull up on it with your fingers to see which way it frays best. It should easily fray either vertically or horizontally, depending on the weave of your fabric. Fidget with it a little, and it should be obvious which way to pull.
Keep pulling those threads of fabric all the way down that edge, one thread at a time, until you’re happy with the length of your fray. This may take a little while, but be patient. Then, do the same thing on the opposite side of the fabric.
Step 5: Using your good scissors, clean up the non-frayed edges of your fabric, getting rid of any loose threads. Now, you’re done! You just made your own plaid scarf. Give yourself a hand. That wasn’t too difficult, was it?
I made this handy-dandy graphic for you to print, pin, send to your friends, etc. You can find me on Pinterest HERE.
Next, you have to learn how to tie your fancy new plaid scarf. It’s really not difficult either, but it sure it’s hard to put into words. I wanted to show you on myself, but for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out how to demonstrate and take pictures at the same time.
I had to call in backup. Meet my assistant, Baylor. He’s a 10 year old Golden Retriever, and he’s pretty much the best dog in the entire world. Some of you might have met him already on Instagram.
He’s spent the great majority of his life playing big brother to my precious, but often rowdy kids, and during that time, he’s donned numerous costumes. I knew he wouldn’t mind modeling a cute plaid scarf for the sake of this tutorial. Let’s begin.
Step 1: Fold your scarf in half diagonally, so that you have a large triangle.
Holding the long side (the folded part), center the scarf under your neck with the center tip of the triangle pointing down over your middle. I realize I did this a bit off center here, but you get the idea and you can always straighten it out when you’re done.
Step 2: Take one side point of the triangle and pull it over and down the opposite side of your neck.
Step 3 of Tying: Do the same with the other point on the opposite side.
Step 4 of Tying: Take those two points and tie them together. You might need to pull them down more to make them longer to tie. Now, fluff up the scarf a bit until you like the way it looks.
Baylor looks a bit uncomfortable here, doesn’t he? Because his neck and torso are pretty much the same size, it was hard to fluff the scarf, and he looks a bit like a preppy sheriff in a bandanna. As soon as I took the scarf away, he ran off for a snack and then promptly fell asleep. He’s got a rough life.
Here’s a better idea of what the final product looks like after a bit of fluffing.
You can leave it tied in the front like this, or you can hide the ends by tying them together behind or underneath the scarf.
Either way, it’s a cute accessory, and it would make a great (and inexpensive) gift. In fact, I ordered several yards of this fabric (also from JoAnn’s) and made scarves for my book club girls.
I hope this all made sense. I actually let my 9-year-old daughter read through the directions, and try it out on herself. She got it on her first attempt, which either means she’s brilliant or it’s so easy that even a kid could do it. I’m gonna go with both. If you have any questions though, please ask away.
And, here’s another pinnable graphic for you. Pin it! Share it!