The warm weather is here and we’re all about the summertime neck scarf trend. We may have packed away our winter scarves months ago but we’re just getting started with this lightweight accessory that is the perfect way to add a pop of color to your summertime look. Today, we’re partnering with Allie Jackson, the sewist, maker, and blogger at www.alliemjackson.com, to share a quick and easy (not to mention beautiful) neck scarf tutorial using our newest fabric, Chiffon. It’s the perfect fit for this summer accessory. Find the video tutorial and step-by-step directions below!

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A breezy scarf made with Spoonflower's new Chiffon | Spoonflower Blog

Allie: This pretty chiffon scarf is pattern-free and easy to sew, even if you don’t have a rolled hem foot. I like using scarves to add some print and color to an otherwise plain outfit, but they also make a perfect gift for your sister, mom, or friend. They’ll never know it only took one yard of Spoonflower’s chiffon fabric and just a few minutes to make. Let’s get started! 

Materials

Here's what you'll need to make your Chiffon scarf | Spoonflower Blog

Here’s what you’ll need for this project: 

  • 1 yard of Spoonflower’s Chiffon – we’re using Sweet Cherries by fable_design
  • Ruler/measuring tape
  • Pins
  • Iron
  • Microtex needle (very important because of how thin Chiffon is!)
  • Sewing machine and coordinating thread

Start by ironing your fabric flat | Spoonflower Blog

Start by pressing your chiffon with low heat using your iron’s synthetic setting to smooth out any wrinkles.

Fold your fabric over so you have a square, and rip off the extra | Spoonflower Blog

Cut or tear your fabric to the size of the scarf you want plus 1 inch in both directions for your seam allowance (for example, if you want a 12” square scarf, cut your fabric 13” by 13” inches). I want my scarf to be the biggest square possible, so I’m going to only tear off the unprinted sections of the fabric.

Creating an unhemmed square by snipping and ripping your fabric | Spoonflower Blog

Fold your fabric in half diagonally to find the final edge dimensions of the square. You’ll want to take the left corner of your fabric and fold it down to the right side. Next, snip and tear across the excess fabric. You should end up with an unhemmed square.

Your unhemmed scarf square should look like this | Spoonflower Blog

Your unhemmed square should look something like this!

Press the edge of the chiffon fabric in about ⅜ inch | Spoonflower Blog

With your iron on a low synthetic setting, press your fabric flat, then press one edge in about ⅜ inch.  

Sewing the seam allowance on your chiffon scarf | Spoonflower Blog

Sew along the pressed edge using a 1/8” seam allowance (you can center the fabric under the foot and move your needle position to the right if you want).

Cutting close to the seam allowance | Spoonflower Blog

Trim the seam allowance as close to the seam as possible, then turn and press the tiny hem you’ve made once more.

Sewing your hems a second time | Spoonflower Blog

Sew on top of or just to the left of the original seam (you can sew in the same manner as before but move your needle left slightly if that works for you). Press the completed seam flat.

Allie in her finished Chiffon scarf | Spoonflower Blog

Repeat the process of pressing and sewing the seams for all four sides. Viola! You’ve got a beautiful summery scarf! 

Do you have a favorite summer design from the Spoonflower Marketplace that would be perfect for a lightweight scarf? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to stay tuned for a second variation of a summery chiffon scarf next week!


Allie M Jackson | Spoonflower BlogMeet Allie Jackson, a millennial maker building a fresh, feminine, vintage-inspired wardrobe. By day, Allie is a children’s librarian at a public library just down the street from Spoonflower. By night, she’s busy documenting her sewing projects inspired by the 1950s and ’60s on her blog, allie J.