Jersey Ruffle Scarf Tutorial.

I wish I could say it’s too late in the season for this tutorial, but unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be. I’ve been wanting to make a jersey knit scarf all season (mainly because when I’ve seen them in the stores I think about how easy they would be to make and can’t bear to spend $20 on one scarf), and have been so inspired by all the ruffles around lately (have you seen Dana’s Turkey Skirtnow renamed Can-Can Skirt?), so I decided to put the two together and create a ruffle scarf!

This tutorial will guide you through the steps to make your own ruffly (cause that is a word, spellchecker even said so) jersey knit scarf that will keep you looking cute and staying warm. It has exposed raw edges and is super comfy around your neck. It can easily be completed from start to finish in a couple of hours, even if you are a beginner!

Materials Needed:
2.5 yd jersey knit (14″x84″piece)
*2.5 yd of 60″ fabric will make 3 scarves*

Pieces to cut from jersey knit fabric:
Cut 2: 7″x70″ pieces for scarf body

Cut 2: 5″x14″ pieces for ruffles

*ensure that greatest degree of stretch is along 5″ side (width wise) rather than 14″ side (lengthwise) for these pieces — or ruffles will be “flat”*

1. Using a basting stitch (longest stitch length on your machine), stitch down 14″ side of one 5″x14″ piece, 1/2″ from edge. Leave threads at beginning and end of stitch lines long. Stitch again 1″ from first stitch line. Continue stitching lines 1″ apart across width of fabric. The last stitch line will be 1/2″ from edge, just as the first stitch line. You should have stitched 5 lines total.

2. Cut in between each set of two stitch lines, forming 5 strips 1″x14″.

3. Pin one strip to right side of one 7″x70″ piece as pictured. One end of strip will be along edge of long piece 8″ from the bottom, and other end will match up with bottom of long piece.

4. Pin middle of strip 4″ from bottom of long piece.

5. Pulling on TOP threads only, gather one end of strip up to the middle pin. Repeat with other end, and tie loose threads of strip to secure gathers. Even out gathers and pin in place.

6. Stitch gathered piece to long piece, following baste stitch line.

7. Repeat steps 4-7 with another strip and opposite edge of long fabric piece. Repeat steps 4-7 again, placing the strip in the middle of the first two gathers. Lastly, repeat steps 4-7 again, placing last two strips in middle of edge and middle gathered strips.

8. Repeat steps 4-8 with other end of long fabric piece.

9. Pin long jersey knit pieces WRONG sides together, matching ends and sides. Raw edges should be visible after two pieces are stitched together.

10. Stitch 1/4″ from edge down length of pinned pieces on each side. When stitching near ruffles along sides, lift ruffles to the side and stitch underneath.

11. Stitch 1/4″ from edge along ends of pinned pieces, stitching over top of ruffles.

12. Try on your new scarf and go show it off! Great work!

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  1. I love it. Good job! And, especially good job for actually making something you see in the store and think is cute but over-priced. I always see things and say, ‘oh I could make that for so much less’ and then…well I still don’t have it=) Good. tutorial.

  2. Abby you are so super talented! That scarf is adorable and makes me want to learn to sew better. Grayson uses my sewing machine more than I do…the shame

  3. This is a great tutorial and I absolutely LOVE the scarf! Absolutely adorable! I shared it with some other gals on a craft forum I own as well, so I sent them here to check out your amazing work! Thanks again for sharing and for the amazing tutorial!

    – Elizabeth

  4. What a great scarf! I have a couple of baby blankets I haven’t been able to part with – I think this would be the perfect way to reuse them. Thanks for the fantastic idea!

  5. I am loving the ruffles!! Great job with the instruction, very clear for a novice sewer like myself! Thanks so much!!

  6. hello Lovely !!
    One hint I use .. lay a piece of fabric over the main piece and sew your lines . then cut the fabric into ruffles.
    Saves cutting and linign up each ruffle strip.. just a thought .

  7. Lovely!
    This should go on the Sew Mama Sew page for Valentine tutorials!
    (They were asking for them yesterday, and maybe they still are!)
    Great job on the instructions and the design!!
    :)Elaine << who saw this on Sew Mama Sew's Forum.

  8. Thanks for the great tutorial! I made one and blogged about it at . I linked back to your tutorial.

  9. Where’s a good place to buy inexpensive jersey knit for a scarf like this? I checked my local Jo-Ann’s and found some nice jersey, but it was almost $13/yard! There was also some other cotton jersey (interlock?) but I thought it might be too thick for this kind of scarf.

  10. I found my jersey knit at JoAnn, it was around $7 a yard. If you use a 40% off coupon it will be even cheaper :). My other idea was to find some cheap jersey knit bed sheets, you would be able to get a few scarves out of one sheet so it would make it a lost less expensive. Hope that helps!

  11. ADORABLE idea!! has a ton of jersey fabric in their 1.95 clearance section right now that is crying to come home with me & become scarves!

  12. Very cute! I was just scrolling down the list of tutorials at sewmamasew and my 18month old daughter stopped to say “wow wow wow wow!” at your scarf. Maybe I need to make her one! :)

  13. Hey girl,
    LOVE the scarf! Love me some rufflie cutness! Thanks for joining the party! Don’t forget to link back or grab a button :)
    happy crafting!

  14. Very adorable. I think I will make some. I have a bunch of knits left from the days when I used to sew sweatshirts and leggings for my little girls. Thanks for sharing!

  15. How freakin cute! i just found this tutorial while looking for a few tuts on making jersey knit little girl dresses. I’m going to HAVE to make a few of these!

  16. I made this last night. I love it. Thanks so much for posting the tutorial. I have never done ruffles before and it took me a while to get them pinned on, but it was worth the time. :)

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