Tuesday, November 23, 2010

No-sew jersey scarf

If you've been following my blog posts lately it probably seems like all I've been doing is sewing, sewing, sewing, which is partly true, but this project was happily sewing-free, a nice change.

This project I've had in mind for a while now - to make a scarf from jersey fabric with cut and knotted ends. My incentive to actually do it was my newly chopped boy-short haircut, and therefore my newly breezy neck area! I love the feel of jersey and thought a scarf made from it would be useful on our slightly chilly days, which are still happening, interspersed with freakishly hot days! So there's no putting away the cool weather clothes yet when every day is like weather bingo.

I used a piece of mid grey, fine, soft jersey from my stash. When I bought it I planned to make a top with it but had since decided against it... anyway, it's gone to good use as a scarf now.

To construct it basically I cut a length of the fabric about 30cm wide, from selvedge to selvedge, then cut both ends into strips about 25cm long. Each strip was tied in a knot at the top, then each 2 tied at intervals down, if you know what I mean (see pics below). I finished with tied knots at the bottom of each strip. As jersey is a knit fabric the edges don't really fray so they don't have to be finished in any way (hence the 'no-sew').

It's pretty wonky and far from perfect (I was too impatient to measure anything) but I like it anyway, and can see myself throwing it on at any opportunity in future.

And a bit of black nail polish helps banish those 'frumpy mum' feeling days :-)


  1. What a fantastic idea. I wish I was creative enough to think up things like that (sigh) - instead I have to copy the creative people! I will definitely be having a go at making this and who knows, they might even end up as Christmas pressies for my nearest and dearest. Thanks so much for sharing.


  2. What a great idea! Where did I put the scissors?.......

  3. Thanks girls!

    Melinda, I definitely can't claim it as all my own idea, there are plenty of versions out there already, but thanks for the lovely comments :-) I'd thought they might be nice for xmas presents too. Let me know how you go if you make one.

  4. It looks great! I love the knotting.

  5. Holy smokes, I love your shirt. Care to share where you got it?

  6. Hi Katie,

    Thanks for your comment!

    I made the t-shirt myself, it was based on a long sleeved, boat neck t-shirt I bought at Kookai a few years ago. I put contrasting direction cuffs on it and left the neck edge raw, but that's about it otherwise, quite a regular t-shirt.

    My post on making the shirt is here:http://bubalablog.blogspot.com/2010/10/diy-t-shirts.html

    Sorry I can't help more.



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