How to Fold a Scarf for Fashion

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How to Fold a Scarf for Fashion
Tie a folded scarf around your head to make a head wrap. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Use a scarf as a headband, a belt or a choker. You can even use a large scarf as a light shawl when you are chilly or to fill the neckline of your suit coat in place of a blouse. Fold square scarves in to triangles for shawls or headbands. Fold a silk square on the diagonal to make a strip long enough for a sash. For a different look fold the scarf parallel to the sides for a shorter strip with square ends.

Skill level:


    Triangle Fold

  1. 1

    Lay a square scarf on a table, right side down, with one of the corners closest to you.

  2. 2

    Fold the scarf in half by bringing the top corner down to meet the bottom corner.

  3. 3

    Wrap the folded edge of the scarf around your shoulders or lay it over one shoulder. You can tie the scarf around your waist, neck or hair by tying the corners on the folded side together.

    Diagonal Strip

  1. 1

    Fold the scarf into a triangle as described in Section 1.

  2. 2

    Lay the scarf on the table with the folded edge at the top.

  3. 3

    Fold up the bottom corner 2 inches from the bottom point.

  4. 4

    Fold up the bottom edge another 2 inches. Continue folding until the scarf is a long, 2-inch-wide strip.

    Square Strip

  1. 1

    Lay the scarf right side down on a table, with an edge closest to you.

  2. 2

    Fold up a 2-inch fold along the bottom edge. Fold it toward the top of the scarf so the fabric of the fold lays on top.

  3. 3

    Fold up another 2-inch fold along the bottom edge in the same way you made the first fold. Keep folding this way until you have folded the scarf into a long strip. Use this strip in the same ways you used the diagonally folded strip.

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