How to Sew a Headscarf


People wear head scarves for a wide range of reasons. Scarves conceal hair loss, cover up a bad hair day, fulfill a religious requirement or can be worn for fashion reasons. Sew your own head scarf using a crisp cotton fabric in a pattern or color you like. The project is simple enough that you could sew several scarves over the course of an afternoon or weekend. Use bias tape as the tie or cut your own strips of fabric.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2-yard cotton fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Bias tape or extra fabric, cut into a 36-inch-by-2-inch strip
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Cut a square of fabric that measures 20 inches on each side.

  • Fold the square in half to form a triangle shape, right sides together. Pin along the two angled sides.

  • Sew the fabric together along the angled sides with a 1/2-inch seam. Leave a 3-inch gap on one side so you can turn the fabric right side out.

  • Turn the fabric right side out. Tuck the raw edges of the gap under to conceal the edges and pin.

  • Unfold the bias tape and place the center of the fold against the long side of the fabric triangle. Position the tape so 8 inches of tape extends from each side of the triangle to make the ties of the head scarf. Pin the tape to the fabric. If you're using a strip of fabric, fold 1/2 inch over on each side lengthwise, then fold the fabric in half lengthwise and press before pinning to the fabric triangle.

  • Sew along the edge of the tape to attach it to the fabric triangle. Also top stitch along the angled sides of the triangle to close the gap.

  • Wrap the scarf around your head and tie the two ends of the tape together at the nape of your neck. Trim the length of the tape if needed.

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