Simple, 30 Minute Scarves

by Destri on October 15, 2009

When I first decided to do this segment I thought I was going to bluff you into thinking I knew what I was doing.  But for someone who’s become such good friends with her seam ripper that she named it, well that just wouldn’t be honest.  So I’m gonna level with ya.  I am not an expert,  my seams aren’t always straight, I don’t know how to work a button foot,  heck I don’t even know if I have a button foot.  So why this segment?  Because I Love to sew.

I hope in this segment you will find inspiration to dig out that sewing machine your husband gave you for Christmas, or the one your mom handed down and have fun with it.  If I can sew it, so can you, trust me.  For those of you out there that could teach me how to use a button foot, you may at least get a good chuckle.  Join me every Saturday for a new project, or fiasco, whatever it may be…..Sew be it.

Scarves….really easy, cute scarves

Okay, so I use the term “30 minutes” loosely-kind of like and her “30 minute meals”, they are truly only thirty minutes if you have it all together.  But these cute scarves really can be whipped out in no time, especially if you do more than one at once (the Holidays are right around the corner ladies).  I am happy to report I only had to call on Thelma (my seam ripper) twice throughout all three scarves.  Aren’t they cute?!  I will cover each one separately, and keep in mind that these are totally up for customizing.  I basically used the same concept for each scarf, just changing a few elements giving each its own personality.  I added my kids first initial to one end of their scarf using lightweight heat bond, coordinating fabric, an exacto knife, and a little patience.  Just follow the heat bond instructions.

Woman’s Scarf

I bought 1½ yards for the main fabric, and a ½ yard for the accent fabric, along with 2 yards of ribbon, rufflely(around here that’s a word) ….stuff.  This was enough to make three scarves.  You will also need coordinating thread.  If you want to use an iron on pellon, go for it, I didn’t on any of these.

From the main fabric cut one 18 inch by 55 inch piece  (if you have a heavy cozier fabric you may only want 12 to 14 inches wide)
From the accent fabric cut two 18 inch by 7 inch pieces (if you adjusted the width above, do here also)
From the trim cut 2 18 inch pieces

  • First take the 18 inch ends of your main fabric, fold and press to make a ¼ hem as shown in first picture
  • Now take your two accent pieces, sew on the trim leaving a ¼ inch on the edge as shown in second picture.  Be sure that the ruffle is facing in as shown
  • Next pin the two accent pieces to the ends of the main fabric, making sure to cover the ruffle edge as shown in the third picture
  • Sew the ends together, close to the edge of the main fabric like a top stitch as shown in the forth picture

  • Now iron the scarf in half right sides together.  Sew a ¼ inch seam along the sides, make sure the trim aligns correctly as shown in first picture (this is where me and Thelma spent some quality time). Then pull it right side out and iron so that the seam is on one side
  • Next fold the ends under ¼ inch and press as shown in second picture
  • Sew ends shut right on the edge, be sure to back stitch, always, just in case you didn’t know.
  • Last, enjoy it, gift it, do whatever you want with it!


Toddler Scarf

I made this to match the coat I made my little girl, and I.LOVE.IT!  I know, you love the fabric.  Me too, wait till you see the coat! (maybe in a few weeks)  I just used the scraps from the coat and bought ½ yard of the little ball trim.  You don’t need a lot of fabric for this one.

From the main fabric cut one 32 inch by 7½ inch piece
From the accent fabric cut two 4½ inch by 7½ inch pieces
From the trim cut two 3½ inch pieces

  • First lay one accent piece on one end of the main fabric, right sides together and sew ends making a ¼ inch seam, repeat on other end.  After this step it should look like second picture
  • Next fold in half with right sides together and press
  • Now sew down the side with a ¼ inch inseam, making sure the seams match as shown in the last picture

  • Turn right side out and press flat with seam on one side
  • Now fold the ends in ¼ as shown in the second picture and press
  • Pin in the trim, I had to kind of scrunch mine in there, don’t worry it will look good (pic three)
  • Sew the ends shut right on the edge, and check out what you just made (that’s the best part)

Child’s Scarf

I made this for my son, it was by far the easiest, 20 minutes tops.  The main fabric came already pieced , and I added the ribbed fabric for texture.  The third accent fabric was a coordinating one for the main fabric.  Now I just have to make him a coat…

From the main fabric cut a 10 inch by 45 inch piece
From the textured accent fabric cut two 10 inch by 2 inch pieces
From the coordinating accent fabric cut two 10 inch by 5½ inch pieces


  • First take one of each accent pieces laying one on the other, right sides together, and sew along the 10 inch side with a ¼ inch seam.  You should have two as shown in the first picture
  • Next sew the textured fabric to the main fabric, again laying right sides together and a ¼ seam, the ends should look like the second picture
  • Press flat as shown in third picture, and then press scarf in half right sides together
  • Sew sides together with a ¼ seam, turn right side out, press with seam along the side
  • Turn the ends in ¼ inch as done on the first two scarves and press.  then sew up the ends along the edge, all done!


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