Easy No Sew Scarf

This is Day 7 of Twleve Days of Gifts Kids Can Make!

This no sew frayed scarf is one of my favorite projects from the gifts kids can make series! I made several of them for myself! I know it’s hard to find things that are actually useful that kids can make for dads. This one is good for dads and moms, depending on what kind of fabric you use. We used a super-soft plaid flannel for dad’s version, and used a light taupe linen for me. You’ll notice that the fabric flower brooch from Day 3 is made to match out of the same fabric!

Scarf for Men:


Frayed No Sew Men's Scarf

Frayed No Sew Men’s Scarf

Scarf for Women:

Women's No Sew Frayed Scarf

Women’s No Sew Frayed Scarf

What You Need to Make the No Sew Scarf

All you need is fabric. Here’s how to find one that works for this project:

  • Choose something that looks the same on both the front and back.
  • Choose one that has a loose weave or woven with thicker thread.
  • Choose one that is SOFT!
  • If you have a Joann by you, their British Frenzy collection is beyond perfect for this project. It is insanely soft and pretty – it looks like a plaid flannel. Unfortunately the fabric is so awesome that it’s sold out fast! They have it back in the fall every year, though, but not always under the same brand name.

If you can find a fabric you like that is 56″ inches wide, then all you need is half a yard. The standard 45″ fabric width is a little short for a scarf, but doable, especially for a men’s scarf.

If you want something longer, get a yard and a half or two yards. You’ll have plenty of fabric left over for more scarves, fabric flower brooches, or other projects!

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How to Make the No Sew Scarf

Cutting Fabric for the No Sew Scarf

Cutting Fabric for the No Sew Scarf

If you are working with a plaid, you will want to cut your scarf length so that the plaid stripes are even as shown above.leave about a half an inch on either side of the plaid to unravel.

If you are working with a linen kind of fabric, you need to make sure that you straighten the grain of the fabric. You can do this by tearing the length instead of cutting it, or pull a thread through and cut along the line that thread made.

Make sure that the scarf is at least 10″ to 12″ inches wide and however long you want it to be.

Next, simply start pulling out additional threads along the sides of the scarf.

Fraying Flannel for a Scarf

Fraying Flannel for a Scarf

You’ll probably want to do this on all four sides of the scarf, unless your selvedge edge looks presentable enough to leave it as-is. Only take enough threads out to keep it from unraveling further – about 3/8 of an inch (10mm) is enough. Anything more than that is optional, and will look pretty, but the threads get harder to remove the longer the frayed threads become.

Finished No Sew Frayed Scarf

Finished No Sew Frayed Scarf

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That’s it – you’re done! If you are feeling ambitious, you can fray it more or even pull out threads further inside the fabric like this:

Fraying the Scarf in Rows

Fraying the Scarf in Rows

As pretty as this looks, it was definitely harder and more time consuming to do this second step. It actually took a few hours to do this on both long edges of the scarf. I’m not sure a kid would have the patience for that, but you and I probably do!

Remember, this is Day 7 of Twleve Days of Gifts Kids Can Make! 7 down, 5 to go!

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Founder and CEO of Woo! Jr. Kids Activities, Wendy loves creating crafts, activities and printables that help teachers educate and give parents creative ways to spend time with their children.

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