Sewing a Scarf From Scrap

Leftover fabric is not a waste of storage space but an opportunity to make new creations. You can make perfect holiday gifts for loved ones or something to wear every day for yourself. A scarf from scrap pieces of fabric makes a lovely and easily made accessory for any occasion or just as an exercise of sewing skill.

Things You'll Need

  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Needles
  • Seam ripper
  • Scissors
  • Straight Pins
  • Rotary Tool
  • Yard of fabric
  • Fabric scraps
  • Batting (optional)
  • Beads, rhinestones and other decorations (optional)


  1. Sewing a Scarf

    • 1

      Select your fabric and scarf backing to have complementary colors so the look of the creation is harmonious. Gather colors for both the main body and the backing that will highlight the hues of your or another person’s complexion. Choose fabrics that are seasonally appropriate in weight, such as fleece for the chillier months or linens for those that are warm. Select fabrics that will represent the season such as orange and browns for fall, cheery red and greens for winter, or soft pastels for spring.

    • 2

      Press your fabric with an iron with the heat set according to the fabric type before you sew the material. Fold the yard of fabric selvage-to-selvage. Cut, if you are making a quilted scarf, two pieces into the length of 6 inches wide by 36 inches. Use only one length if you are making a scarf without quilting. The body fabric should be a long rectangle. Cut each strip of accent fabric, the fabric that will go on top of the body to make the pattern, 6 inches wide. The accent pieces should be square. Use some of the body fabric in the pattern to make a pleasing contrast.

    • 3

      Cut thin batting, if you want to add fill to your scarf, to the same size as the body pieces. Lay the batting in between the two pieces of body fabric and sew the two pieces together with quilting thread around the perimeter. Sew the quilting thread in evenly spaced points into the body of the two pieces if you want to anchor the batting into the fabric so it does not shift during washing.

    • 4

      Lay out your fabric in the pattern that you will sew for the creation. Pin the fabric with straight pins. Sew the accent fabric pieces onto the body piece with a 1/4-inch seam. Make sure that accent fabric does not go over the backing. Trim any excess fabric with scissors or a rotary tool. Remove the straight pins.

    • 5

      Add beads, ribbons or rhinestones if you want to decorate the scarf. Do not use decorations like beads or rhinestones if you are giving the scarf to a young child. Press the scarf with an iron to smooth the fabric after you have finished sewing.

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