Free Directions to Sew a Long Fabric Scarf

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    Materials

    Long Fabric Scarf
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    These scarves make a great wardrobe accessory. Drape it below the neckline for a detached cowl neck look or drape it as a scarf to have an elongating accessory.

    Materials

    • 2 1/2 yards of gauze, homespun or loosely woven fabric (This will make two scarves but you need the length)
    • Thread to match the fabric
    • A seam ripper
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  • 02 of 05

    Cutting

    Knotted Ends Options
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    Be sure all cuts are made following the grain of the fabric.

    • Cut the length of 45" wide fabric in half for the length of the fabric.
    • Trim the ends of the fabric strip to make them perfectly straight.
    • Mark 3 1/2" up from the ends on each side and end to achieve a single knot end as shown in the photo  (OR more if you have large fingers).
    • Mark 4 1/2" up from the ends on each side and end to achieve a double knot end as shown in the photo​ (OR more if you have large fingers).
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    Hem the Sides

    Hem the Sides
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    • Starting at the mark, turn under the side edges, leaving the ends of the sides un-hemmed. Do not hem or sew the fringe area!
    • A machine rolled hem, a hand-sewn rolled hem or a baby hem can be used to hem the sides of the scarf
      • A hand rolled hem -- Sew a line of stitching 1/8" from the edge. Turn under on the line of stitching. Turn under again to enclose the raw edge. Use a slip stitch to hand sew the hem in place.
      • A machine rolled hem -- Refer to your sewing machine manual to learn how to use your rolled hem foot.
      • A baby hem (Note that this hem may be too stiff unless your fabric is very soft and loosely woven) -- Sew a line of stitching 1/4" from the edge of the scarf. Turn under on the row of stitches. Turn under again to enclose the raw edge. Top stitch along the inner fold to hold the hem down, sewing as close to the folded edge as possible.
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    Start the End Fringe

    Start the End Fringe
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    • Using the blunt side of your seam ripper, start removing the width-threads from the end of the scarf, leaving the lengthwise grain threads intact.
    • Continue until you reach the set mark or the hem stops you from pulling the width threads out of the fabric.

    Note: Pulling the threads is a great "keep your hands busy" job for while you watch TV or ride in a car.

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    Knotting the Fringe

    Knotting the Fringe
    Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This can be tricky and you may want to practice on a scrap before your scarf so that you can master the feel of creating the knots. One trick is to place a toothpick in the knot, preventing it from tightening until you have the knot in the location you want it.

    Method One -- Single Knotted Fringe

    • Using a 1" section, knot approximately half way on the fringe
    • Repeat every inch until you reach the end.

    Method Two -- Double Knotted Fringe

    • Using a 1" section, knot the fringe close to the body of the fabric.
    • Repeat every inch until you reach the end.
    • Divide each section in half to create a new 1" section.
    • Knot one inch below the first knot.
    • Repeat until the entire fringe is knotted.

    Note: The amount of fringe can vary as well as how you create your knots and the number of rows of knots.