Picture of How to Sew a Vintage Style Head-wrap Scarf
This vintage-style classy scarf can be worn several ways - as a light-weight scarf or as a cute head-wrap! I haven't seen these styles of scarves sold around where I live and it's so cheap (62 cents for me!) and easy to make one yourself! It'll also fit better and be cuter if you make it the way you like it! Anyone can wrap a big scarf around their head - I like this one because it's so much smaller and light-weight!

You only a small amount of material and a sewing machine to get started! I also provide you with the pattern!

*This is my 50th Instructable by the Way - and one of my favorite things I've made!*

Step 1: Materials Needed

Picture of Materials Needed
I bought a yard and a quarter of this material on sale at JoAnn for only $3 - making the entire cost of the cute scarf only 62 cents!!! Wow! Five scarves for only $3 is a great deal!

  • 1/4 yard of material of your choice (sheer light-weight materials look nice)
  • Cutting tools - scissors or rotary cutter and mat work well
  • Sewing Machine
  • *optional: I recommended that you use a sewing needle for lightweight or sheer fabric - I used a 60/8
  • *optional: I used a narrow hem presser foot - see image below to see the seam it created & the presser foot

Finished Product:
  • The actual length of the head-wrap will be approximately 35-36 inches. The width will be approximately 8 inches.
Emmy27861 year ago
Holly, Thanks so much for this instructable. I've been planning to be Rosie the Riveter for Halloween for a while now. Michaels had the perfect fabric, but I didn't know how I was going to put it together. This pattern was much better than just making a square bandanna.
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HollyMann (author)  Emmy27861 year ago
You are so welcome!!! I love what you made - the fabric is adorable - you look so cute! :) Thanks for the nice comment!
BrittLiv2 years ago
What software did you use to make the pattern? Awesome 50th instructable! It is still a long way for me...
HollyMann (author)  BrittLiv2 years ago
Hi Britt - I just messaged you! About the software - I first used Adobe Photoshop to create a graphic for the pattern (the lines and numbers representing the inches) - then I opened that file in Autodesk Sketchbook pro to draw the lines for the pattern and add any text. The sketchbook pro is ideal for this - really fast and easy to use. I use that instead of Photoshop because it's faster - they have a symmetry tool that helps me draw the lines on both sides at the same time - saving me lots of time and keeping things even. Maybe I'll make an instructable for this and give the basic pattern piece(s) for download. ;)
Oh yes, please! I am thinking about making a sewing instructable, but couldn't find a good way to present the patterns. Yours looks really good.
HollyMann (author)  BrittLiv2 years ago
I will post this soon Britt!
Pretty. Sewing skill is one thing. A unique sense of style is another- and you've got it in spades, ya Sheba! Congratulations on the 50th.
Was searching for something to make for my lovely wife, found this picture of you from 60 years ago. Uncanny resemblance. Could you make this sweater-y dress-y thing? Also, are you an immortal vampire?
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HollyMann (author)  donedirtcheap2 years ago
:) Wow thanks for the compliment on my style! :) So nice! You should make this for your wife - a simple scarf/wrap. I think it's awesome that you can sew - as I saw your other instructable and the dress you made for your daughter. That was impressive and so cute! Nice picture too! She has one very tiny waist!!! LOL :) I could probably make that sweatery tank thing! :) And you probably could too!
Holly your sewing skills are just amazing :). I feel so great to follow you :).
HollyMann (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya2 years ago
Thanks Tarun - you're so nice! This was a really easy sewing project! :)
If you keep posting sewing projects, someday I would say yes you made it look easy for me :)
artfulann2 years ago
Love the vintage look of the head wrap- reminds me of South Pacific..." I'm gonna wash that guy right outta' my head"
HollyMann (author)  artfulann2 years ago
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sooo preeeetty both ways!!
is that your kitty holly? so cute can't stand it! =)
HollyMann (author)  blissful20152 years ago
Thanks so much! It was so easy to make too! :) That is my kitty Tommy! :) We have 3 cats!
doodlecraft2 years ago
Congrats on your 50th! I just did mine as well...at 52 now. I love it! I've never worn a head wrap or headband...but I am thinking I should! I never do my hair, and it's so long...most hot days it gets twisted in a knot anyway! These would look great! :) Thanks for another great idea!
HollyMann (author)  doodlecraft2 years ago
Congrats on yours too!!! :) Yeah it looks like you have long hair too - I too put it up in a bun to keep it out of the way when hot, working out or to hide my bad hair day! :) This works great for it!
M.C. Langer2 years ago
Amazing!! I love it!!! :-)
HollyMann (author)  M.C. Langer2 years ago
Thanks so much :)
happy anniversary ;-) I'm still far from that goal
HollyMann (author)  andrea biffi2 years ago