How to Make, Sew and Finish Silk Scarves

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How to Make, Sew and Finish Silk Scarves
Make your own silk scarf to custom measurements. (silk 4 image by jbattx from

Silk scarves are versatile fashion accessories that while expensive in stores, can be made at home for much less money. This allows consumers the option to pick silk in any colour they like and customise the size and style of their scarf any way they like, from width, to length, to mixing colours together for a truly custom creation. With a sewing machine and some basic sewing skills, you can make your very own silk scarf.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Silk fabric
  • Measuring tape or yardstick
  • Fabric shears
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine

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  1. 1

    Select silk fabric for the scarf. Charmeuse silk works best for scarves and is a little more durable than other silks. You can find silk fabric at most fabric or craft stores. For a scarf that is 30 inches long end to end, you would need at least one yard of fabric.

  2. 2

    Measure out the fabric. The hem on this scarf will be small, so you would need to cut your scarf with an extra inch added to the total finished length. For example, if you want a 30-inch scarf, cut the fabric 31 inches long. You will also need to measure the width. A good rule of thumb to follow is that the width should be half of the length of the finished scarf, but since this is a custom creation, you are free to decide how wide you want your fabric. Again, add in an extra inch for the hem.

  3. 3

    Begin the hem on one side. Fold over 1/2 inch of fabric on one side and then fold it again. This will hide the unfinished side. Pin with small pins every 3 inches or so until that side is complete.

  4. 4

    Select the thread colour for your scarf. While you would typically want to match the colour of the thread to the scarf, you can do a contrasting stitch by selecting a complementary colour. Load this thread into your sewing machine.

  5. 5

    Begin stitching the hem on one side. Gently feed the fabric into the machine, leaving 1/4 inch of the hem on the far side of the needle. Back-stitch at your starting point and then finish the length of the hem. Work slowly, silk is a delicate fabric.

  6. 6

    Repeat the process on the other three sides of the scarf to complete the hem.

  7. 7

    Thread a very small hand needle with your coloured thread and fold the hem in half to begin a classic rolled edge. Stitch along the edge on the exterior of the fabric in a basting stitch. This will create a decorative rolled edge for your scarf.

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