Friday, February 4, 2011

Pleated scarf tutorialish type thing

Before I get started, you must know that I am copy-catting from a great blog that I love, Make it and Love it. I saw this scarf tutorial months ago and am just now getting around to trying it myself.  Because, let's face it, I'm a procrastinator but being snowed in for four days really gives me no excuse!  So... here we go!

I found a little bit of black knit in one of mom's closets (she has gobs of fabric!) and thought it would be great for this project.  It's heavier than I like, but I didn't want to spend the money to buy fabric for such a simple project.  

Cut strips that are 7 inches wide.  No idea what the ending length of mine were because I was rushing through that process a bit and just cut until I ran out of fabric.  I would guess that the completed strip of fabric was about 12 ft long.  (Which turned out being a bit long, so keep that in mind if trying it for yourself!)  I had to piece several together, so that's why I don't know for sure.

Next, start pinning pleats.  I just eye-balled it.  The pleats in this picture are closer together than what I ended up doing.  I'll explain the bloopers at the end. :)

And keep pinning until you get really bored with it, cause then you're almost done!  Or, turn on Family Feud and pleat while you watch a whole episode.  Man, that Steve Harvey cracks me up!  Oh, oh yeah... anyway, keep pleating.

Now it's time to sew!  Yay!  You'll want to sew a border about 1/4 inch in from the edge, all the way around.  Be careful, though.  The pleats get tricky when you're sewing down one side, so you'll have to move slow.  Or, if you're smarter than I am, you'll just sew from the other side so it's a bit easier.  Then, stitch another seam about 1/4 inch towards the center from the previous seam.  I got smart on that one and went one direction for both seams!  Much, much easier.

And here's the finished product!  The only way to wear it (I think) is doubled up and and tucked in, as shown.  If I hadn't made it so long, I think you could probably wear it a few other ways.  Cute, huh?  Please ignore what I'm wearing.  I've been snowed in for four days and threw on a jacket to make this halfway presentable. Oh, also.  I need to clean my bathroom mirror pretty badly.  I'll get right on that.

So the original post from Make it and Love it said to use a thin fabric and double it up.  I did that at first.  Problem 1: the fabric was too thick so it wouldn't drape right.  Problem 2:  I did little pleats and that used up a lot of fabric while making it really bulky.  Problem 3:  I would have had a scarf that measured about 36 inches long.  So, I just used a single layer of fabric.  There are a couple seams that aren't hidden well, so if you're looking for them you can find them, but it's busy enough that it wouldn't be noticeable.

Okay, there ya go.  Let me know if you make it, too!  It was easy and I think it's super cute!


  1. Rach, it's a tutorial - you can make it yourself!!! :)

  2. Such a cute scarf. You are so talentd. If it is too long I suppose you can cut it off . . .

  3. Aw thanks Trisha, good idea about cutting it! I think I'll wear it a time or two and see if it really needs to be shortened or not.

  4. Hi Saarah, would you know how to create a pleated scarf like this