Introduction: How to Sew a Vintage Style Head-wrap Scarf

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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

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)- I buy from JoAnn
  • Cutting tools - scissors or rotary cutter and mat work well - I use the Fiskars Rotary Mat & Cutter Set
  • 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.

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Step 2: Pattern & Material for Vintage Style Head-wrap Scarf

You can download the pattern on this page - it is in .pdf form and should be opened and viewed with Adobe Reader. If you don't have Adobe Reader, you can download it for free on their website. Since the file is larger than one page, you'll need to print it a certain way so it will print out on three sheets - you'll then need to cut and tape the sheets together and cut out the pattern.

Once you open it up and you're ready to print it - this is what you need to do.
  • Go to File, Print, then a screen will popup. On that page you'll see "Page Sizing & Handling."
  • Under that you'll see tabs - click the one that says "Poster" and then print it.
  • * Please see image of how to print it if you are struggling to find the "poster" printing options *

Step 3: Cut the Material

After you have your pattern, then lay out your material and cut it out according to the pattern (see pattern where you need to fold your material). I personally cut out a strip of material about 8 inches wide and 36 inches long, then folded it in half. I then placed my pattern piece on top of it and cut the rest out according to the pattern.

Once done, you will then need to hem the edges. If it is possible for you to do a narrow hem, I think it look stunning and professional. When I first bought the narrow hem presser foot, it took a few tries to get used to using it. Once you get the hang of it, you'll be fine! If you can't do that, any hem you are comfortable with sewing will be fine.

I sewed the narrow hem along both of the sides (long sides) until I got to the small end and I stopped. I didn't try to do a narrow hem on the ends.

Step 4: End Seams & Finishing Touches

For the end seams, I tried to make a small fold and iron it, then fold it in again (to hold in any possible seam or strings and to prevent fraying). I then did a top stitch across that end.

Feel free to add any embellishments you want as well. I thought of adding lace to the edges - but for this head-wrap I thought it looked so cute the way it was. I didn't want to add to it - but a larger scarf would look cute with decorative edges.

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