Saturday, November 14, 2009

Easy Patchwork Scarf Tutorial

Someone special will be getting this lovely patchwork scarf in the mail soon! I was lying in bed one night having a hard time coming up with something to make for my partner for the Brown Paper Package Exchange. I had thought of and said no to a million different ideas, when finally something hit me like a thunderbolt. A patchwork scarf. I wanted to keep it simple and chic, so I avoided really cutesy prints, insanely bright colors, and an overabundance of fabrics stitched together. A few strips of fabric here, some taupe flannel there, and boom! A lovely, cozy, handmade scarf. If you'd like to make one too, keep reading!

Easy Patchwork Scarf
This scarf is a great way to use up scraps!

  • background fabric, cut into the following pieces: two 4 x 6.5" pieces; four 2 x 6.5" pieces; three 12 x 6.5" pieces
  • six strips of accent fabric in coordinating colors, each cut to 3 x 6.5"
  • flannel for the back, measuring 63 x 6.5" total (I bought 1/2 yard of flannel and pieced together two 31.5 x 6.5" pieces.)
  • thread
  • sewing machine

  • Lay out your fabric strips in the following order from left to right: 4" background, 3" accent, 2" background, 3" accent, 2" background, 3" accent, 12" background, 12" background, 12" background, 3" accent, 2" background, 3" accent, 2" background, 3" accent, 4" background. When you are done laying out the pieces, it will look like a long, skinny 70 x 6.5" rectangle.
  • Sew the pieces together in the order in which you've laid them out. Use 1/4" seams.
  • Once all of the pieces of the top are sewn together, flip it over and press your seams open.
  • Piece together the flannel for the back of the scarf using the same method as you used for the top. Press the seams open.
  • With the right sides together, pin the two sides of your scarf together so that all of the edges line up.
  • Using a 1/4" seam, sew the two sides of your scarf together. Leave about 4 inches open so that you can turn your scarf right-side-out.
  • Trim the corners and turn your scarf right-side-out. Use a knitting needle or other pointy object to make sure the corners are nice right angles.
  • Press your scarf. Make sure both fabrics are folded in at the opening.
  • Starting with the area you left open, top-stitch around the entire perimeter of the scarf fairly close to the edge. Mine is about 1/8".
  • Done!


  1. Lovely scarf!! I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


  2. Love your scarf! I've been wanting to make one for quite a while - you've given me great inspiration!!!

  3. Oh I love this!! I've been looking for a tutorial to make a scarf. Can't wait to get started on this!!

  4. Hi! I just linked up to your tutorial on my blog here at this post:
    Thanks for the great idea!
    Amy, SewArtsy

  5. Thanks for this tutorial! I'm making one right now for my sister's birthday gift!