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How to Make a Fringe Scarf

By Allie

Allie is the co-founder of Indiesew and creator of all things pretty on the site. Follow Allie and receive other Indiesew updates by subscribing to the blog.

DIY Fringe Scarf | Indiesew Blog

If you’re brand new to sewing, in a sewing rut, or waiting on your serger in the repair shop, we have the perfect project for you! This tutorial is probably the easiest and quickest one we’ve shared on the Indiesew blog (check out all of our tutorials here). And, for me, it’s the most satisfying.

You see, in the winter, I wear scarves all the time. I don't knit, so I’m always dreaming up new ways to make the accessory I wear constantly. I’ve attached pom pom trim and used the serger’s rolled hem function to make a simple summer scarf. Fringe was bound to happen eventually. 

Easy Frayed Scarf | DIY Sewing TutorialsWorn here with a RTW dress. Make your own with one of our shirtdress sewing patterns and our Blue Dot Rayon Denim Shirting.

You’ll need:

  • 1.5 yards of 60” woven fabric or 1.25 yards of 45” fabric (I find that a rough square makes the best fringed scarf)
  • Coordinating thread
  • Sewing machine

Let’s talk about what kind of fabric works best for fringe scarves. You’ll want something lightweight with a plain weave; I’m using our Autumn Stripes Rayon Voile. The looser the weave the better, as it will be easier to pull out each thread. A fabric with stripes works great, as the fringe will be multi-colored on two ends of the scarf. 


1. Cut the selvages from each side of the fabric.

Cut Selvages Off Fabric | DIY Fringe Scarf

I use a rotary blade for a clean cut. Make sure that you cut off the entire width of selvage.


2. Sew a straight stitch around the edges of the scarf.

Sew Around Fabric Edges | Indiesew Blog

I used a 1.5” seam allowance, but this will depend on how long you want your fringe to be. Don't sew all the way to the edge of the fabric, instead pivot at the corners keeping your seam allowance consistent.


3. Pull the threads out up to the stitch line.
 Fray Fabric | Indiesew

If your fabric has a loose weave, you can likely pull each thread out like you would a basting stitch (pull from one end sliding the fabric over it until it pulls free). If your fabric is tightly woven, take care to pull the thread along the entire length of the scarf. Continue to do this along all four edges. 

And that’s it! Your finished scarf edges should look like this:

Finished Fabric Fringe | Indiesew Blog

Optionally, you could make even larger fringed edges and attach beads or tie them into small knots. Turn on a podcast and experiment with different techniques! 

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Fringed Scarf | Indiesew Blog

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