Make a Patchwork Scarf

I was looking for a new project to occupy me a couple of  weekends ago so decided to raid my fabric boxes and make a new scarf.  I wanted something a bit different from the usual store bought ones so opted for a Boho, style patchwork design.  The nice thing about the design is that if you’re planning on making one as a gift for a friend each one ends up looking completely different.

Its taken me a little while to get round to finishing as I seemed to race through the planning stage and machine stitching but as most of it is hand stitched it took a bit longer to finish all the embellishments.

You Will Need

  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Gauze, silk or voile or some other thin material as base
  • Selection of material
  • Embroidery threads
  • Ribbons


How to Make

Decide on the length of scarf you want – I wanted a scarf that would wrap around so cut the length to 180cm with a width of 30cm.  Cut your background material to length – I used a very fine gauze, you want to keep all of your materials thin so that the finished item isn’t too chunky.


Start laying out your material directly onto your base, overlapping the material and pin down the layers on one side then turn it over and repeat on the opposite side.  I kept my materials to three main colours – black, white and red with varying shades and textures.  You want your finished scarf to have a more cohesive look so restricting the colours or using repeated shapes, threads and stitches helps to do this.  I used very contrasting colours but if you want a more subtle scarf you could select more pastel or earthy colours.


I also added some interest and texture by including a section of an old blouse with lace and buttons.


When you have all your materials pinned you can start sewing.  It helps to lay your scarf flat on a table when you sew as it is more manageable, helps you avoid sticking pins in your legs but also stops your patches from peeling.  Sewing by machine isn’t really an option with this pattern as the patches don’t necessarily line up on both sides plus hand stitching gives your finished scarf a more bohemian, handmade look.


You don’t been to be a great embroider, a few rows of messy running stitch adds texture and mix it up – blanket stitch and cross stitch, etc.


When it comes to finishing your scarf you can either stitch the edges with blanket stitch or machine sew a trim.  I used an iron on black tape and over stitched it in place.


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