So pinterest. I’m not that late to the party. Did you know that the creator (the “Ben” you get emails from) went to my high school (Rough Riders!) and I know his sister? True and true.


So the thing about pinterest is that it’s so easy to pin something that you starting pinning DIY projects and recipes and before you know you have enough food and projects to last the rest of your life. And then you do like 7 of them in the rest of your lifetime.

Some of this stuff is so great that you have to make the effort. Which I did. Which is why I felt compelled to document it. Truth be told many of the recipes have been tried, but the work/school/internship life style leaves little DIY time. And now that it’s finals I’ve decided that it’s absolutely necessary to procrastinate. So scarf DIY.

Inspired by this pin of a $1100 scarf.

You need:


  • fabric: 1/2 yard for a pretty thick scarf. I went with jersey knit so I didn’t have to worry about the edges. Also I made another scarf with a heavy jersey knit and it’s one of my faves.
  • Lace: This is a curtain from the Salvation Army. There are other places to get lace. At least a yard if you go with the half yard wide scarf.
  • Thread: I used thread to match the lace, not the jersey but if you’re a professional you can load your bobbin with the jersey-colored thread.

I didn’t want just a straight line of lace, I wanted it to look like the $1100 scarf. So I started by sewing the lace on with part of the design on the jersey. Just using a zig zag stitch, I sewed a straight  along the edge of the jersey.

{step 1: sew on}

then I got brave and started cutting.

{step 2: cut off}

But then the design needs to be secured. I used a zig-zag stitch again to go around (as best I could) the design.

{step 3: secure}

repeat on the other side and guess what?

{step 4: be adorable}

{close up}

I’m super happy with the result. Not all of my copy-cat DIY projects turn out so great 🙂

Up next: tie clutch

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  3. This is so beautiful! I need to try this. And I hear you about pinning, about 1000 projects I would like to do at some point in the next 100 years 🙂

  4. I’m new to sewing but I would love to eventually get good enough to make this. Did you use a machine, or did you do it by hand?

    • I did this on my machine with a zig zag stitch. Mostly because I’m too impatient to do it by hand. You could definitely do this by hand, and maybe even have better results.

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  6. Just picked up nearly a metre of natural linen for $1.60 at the Haberdashery ($2 metre for all remnants), and some continuous curtaining for -80c, same remnant bin. This is my project for the weekend…thanks! Now if only I’d thought to get some black dye, I’d be looking at a mean replica of your $1100 scarf. Hmmm…maybe tomorrow. Thanks for a great tutorial!

  7. I absolutely love scarves and like to wear them all year round. Adding lace is a great way to create a spring/summer appropriate scarf. Great idea!! 🙂

  8. This is just gorgeous & I love your tutorials & your light, easy, breezy style! And I hear you about Pinterest, LOL!

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  13. I love this scarf! And your tutorial is great! I have it on my list of things to make for this fall/winter. And tomorrow I will be sharing a link to this tutorial so other’s can find it as well! Thanks for writing this! And be sure to come by and check out the post!

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    • Hi Jess! The jersey that I bought was a little heavier than t-shirt fabric so the ends didn’t really roll up much. I imagine you could iron them down with some starch and after you sew on the lace it should keep it from rolling.

      • OK thanks! I made a similar scarf with a lace inset, and I had to remake it because the edges were rolling up! I’ll look around for some heavier fabric.

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  18. How long is the length of the scarf (excluding the lace part)? I can’t wait to complete my version of it, I even went to the thrift store today to find lace, but none had as much of a floral design yours had, but I’m still excited!

      • Hi Jackie, the length of the jersey material is probably about 56 inches, but I would suggest figuring out how long you want it and making it to your size specifications. Also I only sewed the lace to one side, so obviously the other side doesn’t look as nice, but it’s not that noticeable either. Have fun!

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