Sewing a Silk Head Scarf

Create your own silk head scarf.
Create your own silk head scarf. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

You can wear a silk head scarf in many ways. It looks good when worn as a headband or bandana. It can serve as a head cover for patients who just underwent chemotherapy. You may also wear it around your neck as an elegant addition to an outfit. Sewing a scarf should take only a few minutes, even for inexperienced sewers.

Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • 1/2 to 1 yard of silk fabric
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Electric iron
  • Ironing board
  • Sewing kit or sewing machine

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Decide if you want to make a square or a rectangular silk head scarf. Silk head scarves can be made in different shapes and sizes, depending on your preference.

Use the ruler to measure the fabric and draw a square or rectangle using the tailor’s chalk. Add at least an extra 1/2 inch to each of the four sides for the hem allowance. A standard square silk head scarf has dimensions of 22-by-22 inches, while a standard rectangle scarf is about 22-by-72 inches. For other scarf sizes, refer to the "Resources" link of this article.

Cut the fabric according to the shape using a sharp pair of scissors.

Lay the fabric on the ironing board. Fold the edges at least 1/2 inch over and then use an electric iron to press the fabric. Fold the edges another 1/2 inch and press again.

Stitch the edges to create the hem. If you are using a sewing machine, sew the edges using a straight stitch.


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