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Knit Scarf



Sometimes I like to skip steps.

Who doesn’t, right?

Well, knits allow you to leave their edges raw, without fraying…..and add a whole shabby look in the meantime.

But it sure saves some time. Love that.

Here’s another scarf.
I told you my little brain has been on scarf overdrive.

With lots of little fabric strips for detail.

How to?

Cut two pieces of knit, 80 x 6.5 inches. A front and back piece.

Then cut 28 mini strips of knit, 6.5 x 3/4 inches. You’ll be using 7 pieces on each end of your scarf front and back piece.

Then, starting an inch and a half from the end of your front piece (my end rolled a bit, so it’s hard to tell), pin 7 of your strips to the scarf.
A hint here: your strips will probably roll and curl. Place the rolled edges outward, so that after sewing them in place they curl towards the outside, giving it more visual appeal.

Then sew them in place. See how the edges are curling outwards?

Then repeat with the other end. And now repeat with the back scarf piece.

Now, sew the front scarf piece and the back scarf piece together, with wrong sides together. Now all of your edges are raw.

Trim any unevenness and you’re set.

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. marianne says:

    I may try making them for my granddaughters

  2. Shelia says:

    Great idea! One suggestion…instead of cutting strips why not place a piece of fabric the distance from the end that you desire the ruffles. Sew the frabric at the distance you want the strips to be sewn. THEN cut through the fabric making the strips using half wy between each row of stitching. Hope this makes sense.


  3. Tara Weigner says:

    I love this idea, I’ve had it pinned since early this year and I just finally featured it on my blog as an item I want to make for the upcoming holiday.

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. bethany m. says:

    Hi!! So pretty!! =) I want to make one of these, and I was wondering what you made yours out of, since the scarf is so long…

  5. Christina says:

    Love this scarf. I’m from the UK – what do you mean by knit? What fabric is it?

    1. bethany m. says:

      Hi, Christina! Knit is the soft stretchy fabric that t-shirts are made out of.

  6. Andrea Maria says:

    I made it today and it came out very nice! The t-shirt I had was not so big, so I cut the wide stripes from the bottom till the shoulder. After the scarf was done, I cut from the sleeves and add a long fringe do each end. Just great project!!! Thank you!

  7. Melody says:

    Hi! This posting (as well as your other scarf postings) along with the thought of repurposing inspired me to turn one of my old shirts into a scarf. I linked up here at my blog: Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. chris says:

    Darn wish I had seen this yesterday.Made my sister a scarf similar out of some old pretty paisley tanks I outgrew(grumble,grumble). The added strips would have been perfect to add some detail! Very nice.

  9. Emily says:

    I’m doing a scarf round up tomorrow and this is going to be part of it! Hope you can come by and check it out. Oh, and grab a featured button if you would like.

  10. Elnora says:

    Hey, love this tutorial! I’m going to make one, only shorter, for my sister-in-law to wear on her head due to chemo baldness. Thanks!

  11. Daneilia says:

    The scarf looks great and the color green is great for fall.

  12. Mary says:

    Just made this scarf for a scarf swap! I LOVE it! I added some trimming to the end :) Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  13. The Closet Therapist says:

    Two of my girlfriends got together last night and made this. Thanks for the tutorial and great idea.

    :) Jennifer

  14. Leah Johnson says:

    Love this – I made one today and put it up on our blog. Linked your tutorial to it.
    Super easy and quick!!!

  15. Holly B says:

    i LOVE this scarf! I’m going to attempt to make this over the weekend – it’ll be my first step back into sewing, which i haven’t done in at least 10 years!

  16. Toni says:

    Love it! And the color is beautiful too.

  17. Heather says:

    Thanks for this idea! My boyfriend has a ton of high quality T-Shirts that he’s ruined at work. I’m going to use one of his shirts to make this and then dye it.

  18. Micha says:

    Love the idea!

  19. Mary says:

    I love the way this scarf turned out. I haven’t seen anything like that; it’s also a great way to use leftover fabric after sewing a knit t!

  20. Jennifer says:

    I made this scarf this afternoon in purple. Either my fabric wasn’t very wide or it shrunk a ton when I pre-washed it but it only ended up being 60″ long. I was just going to deal with it being shorter but then I had the fantastic idea to just add on an extra piece at each end. The ‘ruffled’ ends are separate pieces on my scarf and then I just overlapped the main scarf piece with the ruffled ends (rather than creating a seam) so it just looks like there’s an additional half ruffle. It worked great! and I got another ~16″ onto my scarf. Thanks for the tutorial!

  21. Whitney W. says:

    What a classy scarf made easy! Love this!

  22. Stephanie Ulrich says:

    I love this scarf. However, this tutorial for me, should have been called, “Working with Jersey Knit is a Pain in the …” My scarf was an epic fail. I am a novice seamstress. If you ever need a post idea, may I suggest tips and tricks to working with Jersey Knit? LOL thanks for all the great info!

    1. nancy says:

      Stephanie, one of the keys to sewing with jersey is to use a needle specifically made for knits–it’s a ball point needle that won’t snag the delicate knit. Be sure to use a size appropriate to the weight of your fabric. Good luck! Nancy

  23. Nichole says:

    I love it! Great idea for old tees!

  24. Sabrina says:

    LOVE this. Its SOOOOOO cute!!!

  25. Courtney says:

    I love this! It’s super cute and such a good use of something you already have. I have 2 knit shirts right now that have holes in the bottom of them, making them unwearable. I will be following your instructions and repurposing them into 2 scarves! Thank You!

  26. Jennifer says:

    My daughter just got her first sewing machine at age 8. I can’t wait to try this with her. She is such a fashionista :) and so proud of her work. She will love this!!

  27. Yaroslava says:

    very good idea!!!!!
    I want it!!!!!

  28. Esther says:

    Now this is clever. Love it!!

  29. Creative Escapes says:

    I'm in love! I need to make this!

    1. Luck says:

      You’ve really helped me udnrtesand the issues. Thanks.

  30. h.co830 says:

    I ABSOLUTELY Love this!!! I am such a scarf freak and I can't wait to make this!!!

  31. jennifer says:

    I just discovered your blog…and I LOVE IT. I am totally making this scarf ASAP!! I hope I can find a great spring color!!

  32. Amanda K says:

    I love this idea and made one with a tutorial a while ago. I linked up to you and just thought I should let you know.

    I even love the green! So cute!

  33. megster says:

    I've had this scarf idea saved in my "Make this one day" folder and I finally got around to making it!

    Thank you so much for the tutorial. :) You can see mine at my very neglected blog.

  34. Tif says:

    I made one and I LOVE it. I linked to your blog. Hope that's okay.


  35. Cami Jill says:

    okay, I am dreaming of combining this idea of yours with a skirt. It's cold here in Idaho and I need a longer skirt for Church than your original pattern BUT I am going to adjust it into a longer knit skirt and do this around the bottom. It was the perfect inspiration. Thank you. PS if you get around to doing it before me, I would love your tips!

  36. Heather says:

    Thanks for the info, Ashley! I'll keep looking!

  37. Ashley says:

    Heather, I bought that on the clearance pile at Hancock Fabric. It's a jersey knit. Hope that helps!


  38. Trinette Hayslip says:

    Loved this so much I made one and posted it here on my craft blog.

  39. Heather says:

    Can you tell me where you found that color of green knit fabric? I've looked all over and want to make one in that color. THANK YOU!

  40. Jenny Lynn says:

    I made these and posted about them!!

    I linked back to you and just wanted you to know!

    Thanks for the great tutorial!

  41. fenoire says:

    Another item of my endless to do list ! Thanks anyway.

  42. BritneyN_0518 says:

    Love it! Very cute, simple, and great for everyday use.

  43. Nishant says:

    LOVE all the scarfs that you are making. This one is really cute! Love the green color.

    Work from home India

  44. Danielle Odom says:

    Super cute! I can't wait to make one for myself.

  45. Shas says:

    I love your blog and I love the scarf.

  46. Joan says:

    I just came across you blog from u create. I just want you to know, I'm sure you already do, that you are ridiculous. Ridiculously talented and awesome! Too bad it's already way past bed time I can't just keep clicking "older posts". A girl's got to get some sleep. I'll be back.
    Thanks for sharing your brilliant ideas on this blog!

  47. Mrs. Winsor says:

    this is a great idea! the perfect choice to practice with my new sewing machine, i think :)

  48. says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. This is one of those 'now why can't I think of that' moments. Love it.

  49. hoyoyi says:

    love your design!!!

  50. Jamie says:

    Wow! I love this scarf! Thanks for the great tutorial. This is definitely on my list of projects to do.

  51. Erin says:

    so so cute. i love it!!

  52. The six of us! says:

    SUPER CUTE!!!! True design on a dime!!!

  53. V and Co. says:

    i love it!!!

  54. Michelle says:

    Thanks so much for posting this! I found you via One Pretty Thing. I'm just beginning to sew & I think I could do this!

  55. Tif says:

    Oh, this is fantastic. I'm definitely going to be making one, or two, or three, or…

  56. Sean and Hillary Monroe says:

    This is cute. I think it would be nice to add a touch of a different color. Perhaps one could use embroidery thread to sew over each strip along the "dotted line" that was already sewn with a fun color. This is a great idea for teachers at Christmas or New Years. Simple and fun! Thanks for sharing. :)

  57. The Mommy Teacher says:

    So simple, and yet so chic…great job on this one! Love your stuff :)

  58. Maria Bradley says:

    I just love your site! I just came across it from UCreate, and boy am I ever so happy now! Everything you post is just another project that my fingers itch to do! I have to keep telling myself…one at a time! I just want to do them all today. Thank you so much for posting all of these – I love the creativity and the inspiration it brings.

    I'll be making a scarf for sure!

  59. Suzi says:

    Love it! I think I know what I am doing for Christmas next year. Thanks for sharing.

  60. Jenny @ Anything Pretty says:

    I am so loving the last two scarves and will making them both this weekend provided I have enough fabric laying around. The snow around here is making travel a little difficult:).

  61. Petit Debutant says:

    very ca-ute!

  62. Kristi Lou says:

    There's nothing like a scarf to dress up a t-shirt! Thanks for the idea. Perhaps I'll go through my fabric stash and find something to work on this snowy day!

  63. Heather says:

    LOVE this! I have got to get to the fabric store…I have two cheap and easy scarfs to try out now.

  64. Tanya and Colin says:

    Super cute!

  65. Jenny Lynn says:

    This is SO cute. For real! I'm making one this weekend :)

  66. Jamie says:

    Super cute! I've got a bit of knit in the closet that may become a scarf this weekend! Thanks for the tutorial.

  67. secretpieshoppe says:

    I love it! I've been wanted to get a new scarf – maybe I'll pick up supplies and make this scarf this weekend! If I do I'll be sure to post it on my blog and link back to you!

  68. britt says:

    love this. and i added your button to my blog.

  69. senovia says:

    That is AWESOME!!! TFS!

  70. Kristie says:

    ooh I like this one too! Two for me to make now

  71. Lise says:

    I love this! It's going on my make-for-next-Christmas (not at the last minute this time) list. Thanks!

  72. Alaina says:

    Ashley- Love it! :) As I do all of your projects!!
    Can you tell me the exact blend of your knit? I purchased some at Joann's- of course now I can't remember what the blend was, but it did not do well. The stretch was kinda funky and I never got to finish the top I was trying from your list of projects.


  73. Bethany Haile says:

    Cute!! I love it. I have been way into scarves lately and I really want this! It looks easy too. I can sew straight lines.
    I linked to one of your posts…about a ribbon lamp. I made it…and I love it! ;)
    Bethany @ Happy By Design

  74. Mary says:

    ok, now I need to make 2 scarves, this one and the last one!

  75. Aida says:

    you are really creative…

  76. TheFancyFritter says:

    Love this! How simple & stylish!! I love jersey knit scarves the best too!

  77. candy says:

    I am a scarf-a-holic! I have about 35+ scarves. I am wearing a scarf even as I type this. I love your 2 latest scarves!!! They are absolutely adorable!!! Keep creating I love to follow your blog!

  78. says:

    If it's possible I like this one even more than the other. Thanks SO much for all the projects. Another one for the gotta-make list. And I'll be linking a well.

  79. rojalka says:

    Very Cute!
    Love the color!

  80. Libby says:

    Love it! I'm new to your blog and have been loving everything I've seen so far. Keep it up! :)

  81. anhesty says:

    fabulous job ashley! the color is so pretty! i did a diy infinity scarf recently too!

  82. Melissa Hendrix says:

    I absolutely LOVE this scarf…I will be making a maroon one as a little school spirit. I am a teacher and our school color is maroon. This will be great because I haven't been able to find just the right color in the stores. Thanks so much…Love your blog!

  83. Fernanda rudloff says:

    I Love your Blog!!
    This scarf is so cute.
    You are so creative thanks for sharing with us.

  84. Farmgirl Chaos says:

    I just came across your blog from One Pretty Thing. I am so glad! The projects and tutorials you have are fabulous! I can't wait to try out the scraves. Love them!

  85. Claudia says:

    Way cute!! I can't wait to try it.

    BTW, I've been following your blog for a while and love it….Oh, and welcome to GA – I'm trying not to blame you for bringing the super cold with you. LOL! I know, I know, it's not *that* cold, we are just wimps down here in the south!

  86. Adventures in Dressmaking says:

    So super cute! And this could totally be made from an old t-shirt!! I will have to try it.

  87. Beth says:

    LOVE IT! I've got to take a trip to the fabric store to see if I can find some cute colored knit!

  88. Jamie says:

    I love this! I've never worked with knit material before but this makes me want to try.

  89. Heather says:

    This is great – and I love the color!

  90. Superman says:

    Love this. I may have to make me one today!

  91. Mireya says:

    Very, very cute! You make it look so easy!

  92. Jenglamgirl says:

    What a cute scarf… I have no sewing ability (that i KNOW OF) i ALSO don't have a sewing machine… thanks for sharing your talent!

  93. Jessica says:

    I LOVE all the scarfs that you are making. This one is really cute! Love the green color. :)

  94. Cari says:

    Love, love, love!

  95. teaginny says:

    super cute, and love the color!

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