How to Make Fringe on a Scarf

Updated February 21, 2017

Coming in a variety of materials, colours and patterns, scarves are more than cold-weather clothing. They can dress up a casual outfit or be worn as a hair accessory. Making a fringe on a scarf is easy, giving it a flirty, exotic touch. Fringed scarves also make creative gifts for family and friends.

Measure how long the fringe is to be. On one end of the scarf, use tailor's chalk to mark this measurement on both edges. Repeat the measurement on the other end of the scarf.

Mark the width of the individual sections of the fringe. It should be approximately 1/4- to 1/2-inch wide. Use tailor's chalk and a ruler to mark these lines each end of the scarf. Cut along each of these lines, creating the fringe.

Finish the fringe by tying a single knot in each piece of fringe. This knot can be on the end or at the top of the fringe. You can even create a pattern by varying the location of the knots.

Make a fringe on a scarf that is made out of fabric that is easy to unravel, such as cotton or satin. Measure the length of the fringe on one end; use tailor's chalk to mark this location. Repeat this on the other end.

Make a tiny cut on the bottom corner of the scarf. Grasp the thread that weaves across the scarf, not up and down. You might have to use a straight needle to locate it. Gently pull this thread to remove it from the scarf. This will unravel the threads going in the other direction. Continue to remove and unravel the threads across the scarf until you reach the mark indicating the top edge of the fringe. Trim the last piece of excess thread to match the length of the rest of the fringe.

Gather small sections of the fringe and tie a knot close to the top edge. Be sure to include the last piece of excess thread in a knot; this will prevent it from unravelling further. For a fuzzy look, use a hair brush and comb through the threads to fluff up the fringe.


For an added decorative touch, thread a bead through each section of the fringe before tying the knot in it.

Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Straight needle (optional)
  • Brush (optional)
  • Beads(optional)
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After attending Hardin Simmons University, Kay Dean finished her formal education with the Institute of Children's Literature. Since 1995, Dean has written for such publications as "PB&J," Disney’s "Family Fun," "ParentLife," "Living With Teenagers" and Thomas Nelson’s NY Times bestselling "Resolve." An avid gardener for 25 years, her experience includes organic food gardening, ornamental plants, shrubs and trees, with a special love for roses.