No-Sew Fringed Fabric Scarf…Fast!

One third yard of drape-able, reversible upholstery-weight fabric and about thirty minutes is all all you need to complete this fun fashionable wardrobe essential!

Completed no-sew fringed fabric scarf loosely tied and draped over a blue dress on a hanger.

Completed no-sew fringed fabric scarf loosely tied and draped over a blue dress on a hanger.

Finished fringe on fast no-sew upholstery fabric scarf draped over denim jacket

I just love a great scarf that can change up the look of an outfit, add a bit of pizazz or color or keep your shoulders warm on a cool night! I especially love a great custom scarf that takes less than thirty minutes to make and is only the cost of 1/3 yard of fabric! This scarf would make the perfect holiday gift for friends and you can make three scarves from one yard of fabric. Make a few and keep one for yourself!

I had this beautiful black upholstery-weight fabric left over from another project and realized since the fabric was more or less reversible and pliable, it was the perfect choice for my simple project. Here’s how it’s done.

front and back of drape-able woven upholstery fabric in black and rainbow multi-colors

Let’s Go!

Materials to make a No-Sew Fringed Fabric Scarf:

  • 1/3 yard heavyweight pliable fabric with a light weave to fray (upholstery fabrics are usually 60” wide which makes the perfect length for your scarf)

  • Marker

  • Fabric scissors

  • Measuring tape or ruler

  • Straight edge ruler (I used my quilting ruler but you could even use a yardstick)

Step by Step Instructions & Video Demonstration to make A No-Sew Fringed Fabric Scarf:

Step 1

Make sure the cut edge of fabric is cut as straight as possible. If not, trim straight.

Step 2

Measure 12” along the selvage of the fabric and mark a light line. Cut along this line all the way across your fabric from selvage to selvage.

Step 3

Begin on one long cut side of your fabric and fray, pulling a few crosswise threads out at a time.

Tip: The crosswise threads run perpendicular to the selvage edges.

Make sure you are only pulling the crosswise threads on each long cut side so that the lengthwise threads form the fringe. Pull out approximately 1 inch of crosswise threads from each long side of your scarf.

Video Demonstration for No-Sew Fringed Fabric Scarf…Fast!

For a video demonstration, click the white triangle "play" button in the center of the image below.

Step 4

Next, you’ll fray the ends of the scarf by pulling out the lengthwise threads.

Tip: The lengthwise threads run parallel to the selvage edge.

Since this is the selvage edge of the fabric it will be a bit tougher to get started. Pull out lengthwise threads till fringe is the length you prefer.

That’s all there is to it! The fabric choice is the hardest part of this project since you’ll want something heavy and reversible but pliable. There are plenty of choices at fabric stores like JoAnn’s or Hancocks.

This same technique could be used to create a fast throw blanket using your desired fabric size—about 1 7/8 yards of 60” wide upholstery fabric would make a comfy sofa-size throw.

I love my scarf because it can be dressed up or down and goes with a variety of colors! Just the perfect holiday accessory for you or a special gift for a friend! I’d love to see what fabric you choose for your scarf!

No-Sew Fringed Fabric Scarf How To on Yarn Scissors Silk with step by step photos and video.