Linen Scarf Tutorial..

by Kate on November 19, 2009

A few people asked for a ‘Linen Scarf’ tutorial after I posted this one. Please find tutorial below.

If you have any questions please drop me a line and if you do get around to making one, I would love to see the finished product.

You will need:

51cm (20”) cut of an open weave linen (150cm wide)
2 strips of feature fabric measuring 6.5cm (2.5”) x 51 cm (20”)
2 strips of feature fabric measuring 4cm (1.5”) x 51 cm (20”)
Sewing Machine
Cutting Mat and Rotary blade
Thread to match feature fabric
Pins (optional)


Step 1: Cut 4 strips of feature fabric – 2 measuring 6.5cm (2.5”) x 51 cm (20”) and 2 measuring 4cm (1.5”) x 51 cm (20”)

Step 2: Using your machine stitch along the raw edge of the linen. I stitched about a quarter of an inch in; this will give some fraying but prevents the entire strip of linen fraying away. Repeat on the other side.

Step 3: Take one of the 6.5cm (2.5”) x 51 cm (20”) strips and fold from front to back encasing the selvedge. Pin.

Step 4: Stitch in place. This can be either done with one straight line, two lines or as I have done below, with a rectangle.

NOTE: You want to leave raw edges on the feature fabric if you want a rough, rustic look or if you want something a little neater you can roll a small hem.

Step 5: Take one of the 4cm (1.5”) x 51 cm (20”) strips and place above the edge of the scarf, pin and stitch into placing using whichever method you prefer (one stictch, two stitch or rectangle). This is now the ‘right’ side of the scarf.

NOTE: How far above you place the smaller strip is up to you, I did mine roughly two inches above.

Step 6: Repeat steps 3 – 5 and take note of which side is the ‘right’ side before attaching the 4cm (1.5”) x 51 cm (20”) strip.

Step 7: Trim any loose threads and whack into a washing machine. Once washed your scarf will be soft, crinkly and frayed.


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1 craftschmaft November 19, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Kate that is just gorgeous, what a great tutorial. Thank you!


2 Michelle November 19, 2009 at 2:48 pm

oh, thankyou for the great tutorial.. You're the best. Now, where can i find some nice open weave linen….? hmmm…. xxxx


3 Kirsty November 19, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Excellent "how to". What a gorgeous gift idea.


4 Kate November 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Fantastic tutorial. I love how it goes all soft and frayed.


5 Gina November 19, 2009 at 5:15 pm

Thanks Kate, this is utterly gorgeous. I've been drooling over it since you made it! I love the open-weave linen. Where did you get yours?


6 sweet emmelie November 19, 2009 at 5:19 pm

looks gorgeous, cheers!


7 Wendy . . . November 19, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Thanks Kate for such a sweet simple scarf idea …. I am a big fan of fraying edges …. & as it happens I'm thinking about my Christmas gift list!


8 Nanette November 19, 2009 at 5:43 pm

Good on you Kate, this looks like a great thing to try over the Christmas break.
Ta. Nx


9 Blueberry Park November 19, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Thanks for sharing, Kate – definitely on my 'want to make' list x


10 Pascale November 19, 2009 at 8:38 pm

That scarf looks lovely! Linen is my favorite fabric. I love the way it wrinkles, frays and drapes… Need to try that one! Thanks for sharing!


11 Tania November 19, 2009 at 9:10 pm

Great tute! I get the distinct feeling you have saved me on a few (usually) impossible Christmas gifts…


12 tajmahill November 19, 2009 at 9:26 pm

This is fabulous and I want to make one right away! Can you give us the full dimension of the linen? 20" X ???


13 Katy November 19, 2009 at 10:07 pm

fantastic! Love it!


14 Katy November 19, 2009 at 10:08 pm

just spotted you on whip up too – congrats!!!!!!


15 izzy inspired November 20, 2009 at 3:22 am

Thank you for the tutorial!!! I am going to the fabric store today to get the linen, and making one as soon as I get back (assuming I find the linen, my local stores are really limited).


16 Aimee November 20, 2009 at 4:43 am

So cute, kate! It looks so soft!


17 November 20, 2009 at 4:53 am

oh i really like the orange color…'ll look great in the cold….and yes definitely scarves make excellent Christmas gifts!


18 Tiffany November 20, 2009 at 9:11 am

Oh I can make that …. so cute!


19 sneakycrafty November 20, 2009 at 9:18 pm

Hmmm… I have a spooky feeling I saw you on the tram with this scarf… I was knitting in cotton!!


20 Anonymous November 21, 2009 at 4:22 am

So sweet. Thank you very much for your generosity. How wide is the 20" scarf?


21 Liesl November 22, 2009 at 8:17 am

Brilliant tutorial – thanks for sharing. Its such a lovely scarf.


22 Vallen November 23, 2009 at 7:51 am

I've linked to your lovely linen scarf tutorial over on my blog ( Thanks for the inspiration and the expertise.


23 Pippi creates November 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm

Thanks for sharing, what a great idea and I love your choice of colours!


24 Lisa November 25, 2009 at 11:37 am

I linked to your post from my blog at Love this project! It would make a perfect gift.


25 El Almacén de Telas November 26, 2009 at 10:10 am

Thank you for sharing such a wonderful tutorial! I've sent your link also to my group in Facebook: (426 members) hope you have many visitors!


26 Cheryl Arkison November 27, 2009 at 4:58 am

I have a girlfriend that would love that! Thanks for the tutorial.


27 Nevin Hirik December 2, 2009 at 12:05 am

Just gorgeous! Thank you for sharing..


28 amandajean December 3, 2009 at 1:39 am

LOVE this!!! i love how you used a pop of color with the linen. so great! i think i will have to try this one. i have plenty of knit scarves, but it would be fun to have something lighter weight. thanks for the tutorial!


29 jacquie December 9, 2009 at 2:13 pm

this will make a great gift for my nieces! thanks for the idea!!


30 Tricia December 13, 2009 at 2:45 am

Hi there. I'm including this lovely post in my Inspire My Saturday feature today. Thanks for sharing.



31 Lori~Studio Waterstone February 11, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Oh my goodness, that's gorgeous! Must. Find. Linen. NOW!


32 Katie @ Cheep Ideas March 24, 2010 at 6:21 am

Just GORGEOUS! I am in love with this scarf, you are so talented!

I've featured it on my website today, thanks for sharing!!


33 Countrygal May 14, 2010 at 12:35 am

thank you! fab tutorial and great scarf.


34 Elnora November 19, 2011 at 10:24 am

Oooooooh, thanks so much for the yummy tute! My only question is, “Where am I gonna find some real loose weave linen?” Hmmm… Since your instructions were in metric (thanks for the conversion to inches, and gee, I wish we Yanks would go metric), I’m guessing you didn’t come by yours in the states. Will have to ferret some out, preferably online and not too pricey. Will pin your scarf on Pinterest once I get home to my desktop PC. Too bad a person can’t pin from a mobile.

Thanks again!


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