Bacon Scarf: Step by Step




About: Hello all! I'm Michelle, a recent electrical engineering graduate working in the automation industry. All those electronics at work mean I sew things a lot at home.

Hello there! And welcome to this lovely instructable on how to make your very own bacon scarf.

You may ask, "Why a bacon scarf?" My response is simply, "Why not?" 

Everyone can use a little more bacon in their lives, and this kind of bacon comes without potential food-borne health risks! Isn't that exciting? 

If you've enjoyed this instructable, mind sparing a vote for me? And comments are always appreciated. I'll do my best to answer any questions!

But on to the important parts. This scarf includes both sew and sew-less options, though I think it looks much better once the sewing is done. (And it's not difficult! I promise!) So, if you're not comfortable with a sewing machine, do not be discouraged  Bacon-y scarfness is still within your reach. 

I completed this project, start to finish, in a few hours with ample distractions, so it won't take up much of your time either.

Ready to get started? Let's go!

Step 1: What You'll Need

The most important things you'll need are:
-Red Fleece
-White Fleece
-Fuseable Transfer Webbing (The stuff used for applique work)
-Measuring Device

If you will be sewing:
-Sewing Machine with an Applique Stitch
-Red Thread
-White Thread

As for the fleece, the remnant rack is your best friend. You don't need very much at all, so take a look there before you buy it off the bolt. A 1/2 yd of red will net you enough to make approximately 3 scarves this length.

Step 2: The Base

The red fleece I had was 64" wide, which made a long enough scarf for me. I cut a piece that was 6" across, and had myself what could be a fully functional but awfully boring red, 6" wide, 64" long scarf.

Now to make it bacon-y!

Step 3: Bacon Isn't Rectangular!

Bacon isn't perfectly rectangular, so we want to make our scarf a little more bacon-y by scalloping the edges. Go ahead and free hand it with a pair of scissors. No two pieces of bacon are alike, after all. Just avoid making corners and points.

Step 4: Give Your Bacon It's Stripes!

Here's the tricky part. The fuseable web you bought should have came with instructions, and I don't presume everyone made the same choice as I did.. Instead, I will say to follow the instructions that came with your webbing to create fat stripes on your bacon scarf. Here's the method I used:

-Cut a good sized piece of your white fleece.
-Fuse it to the web on the rough side, leaving the backing on the web. 
-Cut various strips out for bacon fat.
-Lay them all out and pin them in place. Make sure you're satisfied with the way it looks.
-Take the backing off the webbing and fuse the strips to the red fleece.

If you've chosen not to sew, then you're done! Enjoy your lovely bacon scarf. If you'd like your bacon scarf to be a little nicer looking, and are willing to spend some time at the sewing machine, go on to the next step.

Step 5: Applique Your Heart Out

Just a warning: This is the very mind numbing part of the scarf making.

Get your sewing machine ready with white thread through the needle and red thread in the bobbin. Then, pick an applique stitch. In the picture below anything from 28-31 would work, and you could even use the fancy top stitches if you like. Just keep in mind they take up a ton of thread.

Outline all the white fleece with that applique stitch. It takes a rather long time, but it will hold better than just the webbing and give your bacon scarf a nicer look, in my opinion.

Step 6: Finish Your Edges

The fleece won't start to fray or anything, but now that the applique is done we may as well go ahead and finish the edges of our scarf too.

An overlocking machine or serger will speed this process up tremendously, but if you don't have one the overlocking stitch on your sewing machine will do just fine. It's just more time consuming than the serger would be.

Step 7: Finished!

Now, go out and show off your new bacon scarf! Make all your friends jealous! Tell them that they, too can have their own bacon scarf with only a few hours of effort! Watch them become amazed at this discovery!

But seriously, thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this instructable and go out into the world with your bacon scarf to keep your neck warm in the cooler months. And if it's warm out you just have a very large strip of fleece bacon. I don't see a problem with that. 

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    13 Discussions


    3 years ago

    I had the idea to make this and of COURSE someone did it already on Instructables :D Actually yours is better than what I would have done. Great work.

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    Reply 3 years ago

    Thank you!

    I would consider making it a bit longer and a bit narrower next time though. If you decide to make your own. :)


    6 years ago

    I made a tie this same way a few months ago to go along with a BLT laptop case. It was a hit.

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    6 years ago on Introduction

    Hey nice work! If you combined this with a little bacon perfume you could really attract guys from a long ways away.

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