No Sew Scarf

Dana Hinders
A handmade scarf is cozy and stylish.

A no sew scarf is a fun craft project that can generally be completed in an hour or less. These scarves also make great handmade gifts for birthdays and other special occasions.

No Sew Jersey Scarf

Jersey scarves are lightweight and versatile enough to work with both casual and dressy clothes. They are widely available at department stores, but you can make your own no sew scarf for a fraction of the cost.

Supplies:

  • Roughly two yards of jersey fabric
  • Scissors
  • Ruler or measuring tape

Instructions:

  1. Cut fabric to measure between 15 and 20 inches wide.
  2. Leave ends raw to allow them to curl up naturally.

Fleece Winter Scarf

Do you love to make warm and cozy no sew fleece blankets? If so, you may be surprised to learn that the same techniques can help you create a unique scarf that's perfect for cold weather. In many cases, you may even be able to use the fleece that is leftover from your blanket project.

Supplies:

  • Roughly two yards of outerwear fleece in the color or pattern of your choice
  • Beads in a color that coordinates with your fleece
  • Seam sealant
  • Scissors
  • Ruler or measuring tape

Instructions:

  1. Cut a piece of fleece that measures approximately 27 inches wide by 72 inches long.
  2. Cut a square that measures five inches by five inches from each side of your scarf.
  3. Fold the long piece in half length-wise with the wrong sides in.
  4. Cut fringe into the fleece at ½ inch intervals around the border of the piece.
  5. Knot all pieces of the fringe together.
  6. To add extra decoration to your scarf, slide a few beads on the ends of the fringe before knotting the ends. Add a dab of seam sealant to the beads and let dry.

Shibori Felted No Sew Scarf

If you're looking for a scarf that's guaranteed to attract attention, you can't go wrong with a shibori felted scarf. The term shibori refers to a Japanese technique for pleating and resist dyeing fabric that is used to design items with rich textures and color effects. Knitters often use shibori felting to add a new dimension to their projects, but you can save time by trying this technique on an old wool sweater.

Supplies:

  • Washing machine
  • Dryer
  • Old wool sweater, preferably pure wool
  • Scissors
  • Between 30 and 40 rubber bands
  • Between 30 and 40 glass pebbles, round wooden beads, or other small objects
  • Bulldog clips

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the cloth to be felted by cutting apart your old wool sweater into long, straight pieces.
  2. Wrap the fabric around glass pebbles, round wooden beads, or other small objects in a pleasing pattern using the rubber bands. Stripes are generally the easiest design to make on your no sew scarf, but a more random look can be done if you wish.
  3. Clip sections of your fabric together to create pleats if desired.
  4. Wash the item in your washing machine on the hottest possible water setting. A high water level reduces the friction that is required to complete the felting process, however. Keep the water relatively low for the best results.
  5. Dry your scarf in the dryer on low.
  6. When your item is about halfway dry, remove to prevent excessive shrinkage.
  7. Clean your dryer's lint traps immediately after your felting project is finished. The felting process creates a lot of lint, which represents a potential fire hazard.
  8. Air dry as needed.
  9. When the fabric is completely dry, remove the rubber bands and clips to reveal the textured effect you have created.
  10. Use fabric glue to attach two pieces of fabric together if your scarf is not long enough.
  11. If you wish, cut small circles from the body of your scarf for added visual interest.
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