How To Make a DIY Scarf for Under $22

JUL 11, 2017 updated Jun 15, 2021

Have you given our newest (and dreamiest!) fabric, Chiffon, a try? After our friend and local blogger, Allie Jackson stopped by the blog to test out our Chiffon with an easy summer neck scarf , we knew we had to do a second take on this simple DIY with one of Spoonflower’s web developers, Leah! Using Spoonflower’s latest feature, Fill-a-Project™,  Leah created an airy chiffon infinity scarf that can easily dress up any outfit. Keep reading to find out how you can make three chiffon scarves for $42 – that’s just $14 per scarf! 

Designs by gaiamarfurt and emilysanford

Leah: For this project, I used Spoonflower’s Infinity Scarf Fill-A-Project. This project is split into four panels on two yards of Chiffon so I was able to create one infinity scarf (this tutorial!) and two neck scarves (or a second infinity scarf)! Not only did I save money, I was able to save on time since the infinity scarf fabric was already side by side (aka : I only had to sew one side of the fabric together!). If you’re new to exciting world of Fill-a-Yard, you can see step-by-step instructions here.

With the infinity scarf Fill-a-Project, you can create one infinity scarf and two neck scarves! Designs by gaiamarfurtemilysanford, bluebirdcoop and katebillingsley

Once I received my fabric, it was time to get sewing!

Materials

Once your chiffon is pre-washed, you’re ready for sewing!

After washing my fabric on a gentle cycle, I folded it in half at the separation point between the two designs with the right sides facing inward. I carefully pinned along the open edge to hold the pieces in place.

Next, I put a microtex needle into my sewing machine and adjusted the tension for this lightweight fabric. Sewing just inside the edge of the print, I connected the two halves into one long tube. I chose a light blue and gray thread to match the subtle earthy tones in this nature print.

Trim off the excess fabric
Hopefully this DIY scarf won’t BUG you!

Trim off the excess fabric, about a ¼ inch away from the seam, and turn the fabric tube right side out so the seam is now on the inside.

Now it time to turn this chiffon into a proper scarf! I will be using a method that requires a serger, but if you don’t have one, you can see how to finish your scarf here.

I matched up the two raw edges, making sure that I hadn’t twisted the scarf in the process. Although, for a twist on this project, pun-intended, you can add a twist to give this scarf more movement. Once I matched up my short edges, I sewed them together. This will provide me a little more stability for the final step.

Once the ends were secure and even, I serged the seam. In order to finish this serged edge, I used a little trick I picked up from a weaving professor I had in college. I gently pulled on the threads from the serged tail until the trailing loops were mostly gone. I threaded this through a tapestry needle and then fed the needle underneath the loops on the fabric and pulled it through. After snipping the excess, the tail was now held securely and discretely within the serged seam. I repeated the step on the other side of the seam and the scarf was finished!

Thread the loose thread through the needle
Feed the needle underneath the loops on the fabric and pull it through.
The tail made from thread is now held securely and discretely within the serged seam!

Now it’s time to wear your beautiful Chiffon scarf! Inspired for more Chiffon projects? Follow along as long time blog contributor Ceri Staziker shows how to make an ethereal ballet wrap skirt!

Leah Dudley combines her love of textile art and computer coding into her work as a web developer at Spoonflower. She lives in an old farmhouse with her husband where she enjoys reading, weaving, gardening, and spending time with her cat, Dennis P.

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  • Hi there! Love this scarf. I just order two separate prints in the fill-a-yard project 5o make infinity scarves that double as a nursing cover. Will this allow me to sew the scarf to be used as a nursing cover as well?

    • Hi Morgan,
      We’re so glad you enjoyed this project! You can certainly make a nursing cover with the Modern Jersey Fill-a-yard scarf tutorial. We’ve also found this tutorial from Sweet Red Poppy helpful. I hope that helps but if you have any other questions, please let us know at help@spoonflower.com.
      -Meredith from Spoonflower

    • Hi Connie,
      Thanks so much for the suggestion! We’ve shared your fabric request with our product development team.