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Gathered Flannel Scarf

Winter is pretty chilly.

And a bit gloomy.

So I’ve been thinking of new scarf ideas.

Just because I think this trend is adorable……
and fun to come up with new styles and ideas.

And it will happy you right up on a gloomy day.

First, pull out some flannel from your stash, pick some up from the store, or cut up an unused blanket.

Next, the length is totally up to you but I cut out two main pieces that were 60 x 8 inches, making a front and back piece to the scarf. Then I cut off 4 inches from both ends of the front piece.

Next, I cut two strips that were 20 x 3 inches. Then I sewed a basting stitch along the long edges of each strip, 1/3 of an inch away from each edge.

Then gather your fabric strips until they’re as wide as your scarf front piece. (use this tutorial for a better explanation on gathering)

Pin the gathered edge along the bottom of your scarf, with right sides together.

Then sew into place using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Now, line up the 4 inch piece you cut off at the beginning with the bottom of the gathered section…

Then sew that into place as well. Do the same to both ends of your scarf.

Then sew your front and back pieces together. (You may have to trim some off of your back piece so that they are the same length.) Make sure to leave an opening along the side of your scarf to be able to turn it right side out. Then trim your corners.

Turn right side out, poke out your corners with a pointy object, and press flat.
(then hand stitch the opening closed)

Now you’re ready to brave that fierce winter out there.
(or mild in my case…)

Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Suzy says:

    Got the flannel. Can’t wait to start!

  2. madeline says:

    Just a quick suggestion. It looks like you just did one line of basting to gather but if you put in two lines of stiching at least 1/4″ apart, your gathers will lie better.

  3. Bretta says:

    I made this! Love it and happened to be wearing it the day they shot this commercial (I’m the first one!)


    1. Ashley says:

      No way!! You’re famous! And so is your blue scarf! ;) How cool……thanks for sharing! :)


  4. samm says:


  5. Margó says:

    Köszönöm a jobbnál jobb ötletet. Nagyon hálás vagyok!
    Kellemes ünnepet, Boldog Új évet kívánok szeretettel!

  6. EJ says:

    Ashley, thanks so much for this post! I just made my scarf last night and it’s excellent. I have a couple of fuzzy pics up at if you want to see the results. I’m not a super-experienced sewer, but I’m really proud of the results.

  7. Desu says:

    I’m going to make it in the morning! A cute paw print scarf!!

  8. Julie says:

    I am in LOVE with your scarfs…

  9. Wendy says:

    I adore this scarf and am running to the fabric store for some flannel. Thanks so much for your blog…I love love love it!

  10. kanaboke says:

    Finding your site has made this the BEST VALENTINES DAY EVER!!! I'm not a great seamstress by any means but the way you explain how to put your sewing projects together makes it sound very do-able…I'm so excited to get started!!!

  11. Evelyn Dalton says:

    this is awesome! thank you so much for this tutorial! I will be featuring you tomorrow on, come on over for a quick visit, follow me and enter a give away!!

  12. May says:

    This is just wonderful! I just made one for a friend from your tutorial in less than 2 hours!! Such a quick project and turns our gorgeous. I also used Fleece instead on Flannel since Canadian winters are quite cold!!

  13. Anne says:

    just made this tonight and it actually looks pretty cute! i did have to improvise since i accidentally did to BOTH long pieces what I should have only done to the front piece (long story short, i ended up putting the gathered strip detail on both ends and both sides of the scarf!). Still turned out great…thanks for the tutorial!

  14. Liz says:

    Love this. Thanks for the great tutorial. We will be featuring you on our blog Thanks for sharing. You're so creative!

  15. Mary says:

    I made one and I love it. I want to make more. Here is a link to it in my blog:

  16. Zarinaia says:

    I love your scarf!! Thanks for sharing! I've linked your post in my blog.

  17. Nishant says:

    I LOVE your site and I think it's so awesome you are willing to share all your brilliant ideas

    Work from home India

  18. Helen says:

    Ashley, I made one for me the day I saw your posting! AND… I wore it to work today! So cute! I added a little fabric flower to one of the ends. I'll send you a picture of it sometime today :)

  19. Holly says:

    I love this! It is so pretty as a scarf, but I'm also picturing it on a pillow…

  20. Jocelyn Christensen says:

    What a fantastic scarf, thanks for sharing!

  21. kermiefrg says:

    loving all your scarves! It makes the cold weather not *so* bad to wear a cute accessory!

  22. Carol B says:

    a lovely detour from the plain scarf, love that detail! thanks

  23. leslieandjacob says:

    I had to let you know, I just stumbled upon your blog last night, and didn't go to bed until after midnight! and here I am again tonight. I already have so many projects I want to try! I'm still somewhat a beginner, but you make almost everything seem like something I can do! Thanks!

  24. Mary says:

    Ooohh, I love it.

  25. Geek+Nerd says:

    This is beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

  26. Amanda says:

    Loooooove it!!! Going to make one w/ some contrasting colors/prints. Thanks! :)

  27. Sophie says:

    Going to sew a roses when it's done, Ha!
    Thanks for sharing …

  28. Jessica Warnick says:

    I can't wait to make one! So cute!

  29. Whitney says:

    i am not an experienced sewer whatsoever, but i must say, i ADORE your blog. i think out of all the blogs i am following, this is my favorite. your ideas are just genius!

  30. she wears flowers says:

    LOVE IT! And, I can see so many possibilities with it. You are so inspiring!

  31. Miss Megan says:

    That is adorable! I wish I would have seen this before the christmas season! Oh well looks like I'll just have to make one for me :D

  32. Sha nay nay says:

    that should be perfect for your cold days ahead in GA. It's a different kind of cold, it bites at you through every layer of clothing. And you don't get the added benefit of snow like Idaho.

  33. says:

    Ooh I love this! I can't wait to make one. I'll be linking as well.

  34. Lois Grebowski says:

    OOOOH… Pretty! I love it. I'm not a ruffly person and that has just enough interest and simplicity for me….

    Guess I need to hit the fabric stores this weekend and make me one…

  35. Jennifer says:

    That's so pretty! Thank you for the wonderful ideas.

  36. Heather@ says:

    I love that look! I've seen it done before, and always wondered how. I'll have to try my hand at it soon. :)

  37. Kim Collins says:

    GREAT idea. So cute!!

  38. Jessabells says:

    OH that is just so cute and it looks so easy to do.

  39. Donna @ Mudpies and Memories says:

    LOVE that scarf! I am bumping this to the top of my "must make" list. South Carolina has been crazy cold the past couple of weeks.

  40. Lauren Baugus says:

    What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing. Our "mild" winter here in Florida has actually been brutal the past few days, so I NEED one of these!

  41. Michelle says:

    Cute! At first it looked like the scrunched pieces were actually cut pieces. :)

  42. steffany says:

    I love this, thank you for sharing.

  43. Jessica says:

    Beautiful scarf! Thanks so much for sharing. I'm going to need some more scarfs.

  44. Mom's Place says:

    Very cute!!!

  45. Kelly O. says:

    yes! totally love this!

  46. Kristie says:

    Oh so fun with the gathering. I'm things for my little girl, now somtin' for me!

  47. Amie Kirk says:

    Love it!!

  48. Amie says:

    I LOVE it! This is so pretty I ccan't wait to run out a grab some flannel!

  49. Meg says:

    i LOVE it! can't wait to make it! might be fun and lovely if you use a different color/pattern for the gathered part…maybe. worth trying, at least. :)!

    1. Wanda McGhee says:

      That is a great idea to make the fathered piece another color, or print of some type.

  50. Anna says:

    I love the scarf!! you are so so talented! thanks for sharing!

  51. Jess says:

    This is so incredibly darling! Love it!!!

  52. Tiffany says:

    Love this! Add it to my to-do list. Thanks for the tutorial!

  53. Ben and Dena says:

    So Thank You!!!!

  54. Ben and Dena says:

    I just have to say that I LOVE your site and I think it's so awesome you are willing to share all your brilliant ideas at no cost to all us who love to create, but can't always afford it. It's wonderful!

  55. Jay and Amanda says:

    So Cute!! I'm going to have to make one now!

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