The other day I saw a woman wearing a cotton scarf that was layered and unfinished in the most beautiful way. She looked like she just walked off a catalog shoot. I’ve never been able to pull off that “I just threw it on and it looks perfectly ruffled” look, so I decided to design one that made it easy.

ruffle scarf tutorial

Step 1
Cut a large triangle of fabric on the bias. I chose a lightweight cotton, but anything with a nice drape would work. (Flannel would be nice for Fall.) My piece measured 80 inches across the base and 32 inches high. Run it through the washer and dryer to fray the edges.

Step 2
Fold the ruffles. I figured a diagram would be easiest to understand. I folded mine 8 times, but you don’t need to see that many steps to get the idea.

ruffle scarf tutorial

Step 3
Stitch the ruffles in place. I didn’t back tack and pulled on the threads to create a little gather before I tied them off.

ruffle scarf tutorial

That’s it! You can wear it with the ruffles hanging down or wrap it around a few times with the ruffles facing out for that perfectly unfinished look.

ruffle scarf tutorial

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12 Responses to how to make a ruffle scarf in 3 easy steps

  1. Stunning! I’m going to make one.

  2. Jennifer says:

    I’m don’t sew very well, but this looks like something I can do.

    Love it!


  3. Rachel says:

    Wow, that is so cool. I love the look and how easy it is. Thanks so much, I’ll be linking.

  4. Rebekah says:

    That’s fantastic! I’m headed to my stash right now to find the perfect fabric for this. LOVE it!

  5. Michelle says:

    I love this scarf! Just wondering if you think it’ll work with a silk chiffon-y type fabric?

  6. Kim says:

    This is beautiful! I would love to make it but I am wondering about how much fabric I will need to make mine similar to the size you made. thank you for the wonderful tutorial.

  7. Tiffany says:

    This was on One Pretty thing and it’s perfect for a rookie seamstress who luvs scarves.

  8. Andrea says:

    What a great scarf! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Caren says:

    Thanks for a great tutorial! How wide are the folds?

  10. This is Brilliant!!!! I love the way you explained it. I can’t wait to pull out my sewing machine. :0)

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