Easy One-Hour Silk Tube Scarf

I LOVE pretty scarves and wear them all the time! For me, it's the best way to dress up an outfit or give some color to a solid shirt or dress. For travel, I find them invaluable since they can be used to change up a look or accent a sweater and they take up very little room in a suitcase!

When I was at the fabric store recently I found myself in the remnant section and selected two fabrics that I loved, mainly for the colors and drape. I immediately knew I wanted to make scarves with these fabrics and purchased 1/2 yard of each. I had no pattern in mind, but knowing that for a total of $6.00 for the fabric I would have more than enough fabric to make something pretty and couldn't go wrong.

Back at home, I looked at some of the (many) scarves I have to find that they all had "rolled" edges. A rolled edge is basically a very small finished edge which can be sewn by hand or machine. I decided it was time to finally use my sewing machine rolled-hem attachment from Bernina. After attaching the rolled hem foot I found it a bit difficult to use on silky fabrics without having any prior practice. I was short on time and wanted to pack these scarves for a trip I was taking the very next day, so even though I knew the rolled hem attachment would be useful in the future, with time being short I decided to make a "tube" scarf.

Having purchased 1/2 yard of each fabric, I decided this was the perfect width so when I doubled the fabric it would make an 8" scarf. 1/2 yard of fabric is 18" so folded in half this gives you 9". Subtracting 1/2" seam allowance leaves you with an 8" wide scarf. Fabrics of this type are usually 54" wide on the bolt, so the length of the scarf would be be slightly more since the ribbon at the end would add another couple inches.


Let's Go!

Materials:

  • Sewing machine and thread

  • Sharp/Microtex sewing machine needle recommended for silk

  • Fabric scissors

  • Two 18"-lengths of ribbon (I used Mokuba silk ribbon, 1-1/2" wide)

  • 1/2 yard fabric of your choice (I used silk for my scarves)

  • Iron

Instructions: 

Step 1

With right sides together and using a 1/2" seam allowance, sew one length of ribbon to each short/18" edge of scarf; carefully press each seam open with low heat.

Video demonstration: click the white triangle "play" button in image below.

Step 2

Fold fabric in half lengthwise with right sides together and pin, then sew the long edges together using a 1/2" seam allowance.

Video demonstration: click the white triangle "play" button in image below.

Step 3

Turn the scarf right-side-out and carefully press the seam flat, using a low-medium heat.

This really is a quick, inexpensive and easy way to make a scarf! Get creative with your choices of ribbon and fabric, just making sure the fabric and ribbon are of similar weights and drape. 

In the video below, I share my thoughts regarding a specialty rolled-hem sewing machine foot for this project...I may try it again on a different project when I'm less time-crunched.

Video demonstration: click the white triangle "play" button in image below.

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