Grosgrain's 'No Sew' Scrap Scarf Tutorial

November 23, 2009

Scraps, scraps, scraps.

The holidays are the best time to rid your back of these monkeys.

My friend Abi has a 6-year old daughter who loves hair clips and hair bands. At least, I think, she does.

I thought this idea would kill two birds with one stone.

The best part about these hair scarves is that they are SUPER

SIMPLE and SUPER FAST! No sewing required.

I made 26 in just ONE HOUR! That's enough to cross 4 little girls off your holiday gift list. But these aren't just for kids. They look great on adults too.

A neat idea would be to use three corresponding fabrics in similar colors, one graphic pattern, one polka dot or striped pattern and one solid color and group them together in a box to look pretty.

Here's the quickie Grosgrain tutorial:

Materials (for one scarf):
Pinking Shears
10.5"x6.5" piece of material
1 yard of Grosgrain ribbon or hemming tape
hot glue
No Fray Spray

Step 1: Cut your fabric. To save time you can stack about 4 pieces on top of one another depending on how sharp your scissors are. For a child's sized
head I cut a triangle that was 10.5" long and 6.5" high (that's 8.5" on either side).

When you measure your triangle make two points at the bottom to show the 10.5" length. Then make a dot in the middle of that line and measure 6.5" up from that dot. This is your triangle.

Step 2: Use SHARP pinking shears to cut out the triangle. Don't buy the dollar store pinking shears. They won't cut fabric and they certainly won't cut sharply. You'll end up frustrated and your scarf will end up frayed. I bought mine at Joann's Fabric. I used a 40% off coupon which made the shears $14. I admit, it was a little pricey for pinking shears but I think they were a good investment for me.

Step 3: Spray your pieces down with "Fray Stop Spray". I bought mine at Hancock Fabric. If you can't find any at a craft store near you, you can buy it online here.

Step 4: Take your 1 yard piece of ribbon or hem tape. Don't use bias tape because you will have to sew it together with a sewing machine. To center the ribbon on the triangle find the middle of the ribbon by folding it in half then glue it to the middle of the bottom of the triangle. Glue the rest of the ribbon to the triangle.


If you're doing a lot of these I recommend doing each step all at once rather than one by one.

3 {comments}: said... Best Blogger Tips

scarves have always been my passion and reading about them is my hobby....enjoyed your article and looking forward to more!

Lauren Wayne said... Best Blogger Tips

Soooo cute! I'm making up a box for my niece. Now I know why I saved up all those fabric scraps. :) said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great idea, I love how giftable this is! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

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