Retail Roundup: Head Scarves

Head Scarf with Covered Elastic - 1

Links to Retail Examples of the DIY Head Scarf

Juicy Couture cherry print head wrap, 13" wide by 15.5" long; gathered at the ends and attached to 1.5" wide by 6.5" long elastic; in printed voile.

J. Crew No-Hassle head scarf, 9.5" wide by 16" long; pleated at the ends and attached to 1.25" wide by 6" long covered elastic; in lightweight printed cotton.

Plus, several from Anthropologie: Blocks & Blooms headband, Cafe Au Lait headband, and Links headwrap, all in either silk or cotton, ranging from 6-7.5" wide and attached to covered elastic.

And finally, Intuition’s multi-print elastic back headband (no details given but you can see some photos).

How to Make a Headband, Version 1: The Head Scarf

Head Scarf with Covered Elastic - 1
Head Scarf with Covered Elastic - 2

Silk head scarf measuring 10" (25 cm) wide by 15.5" (39 cm) long with covered elastic measuring 1" (25 mm) wide by 6" (15 cm) long.

Materials

  • Woven fabric, like lightweight cotton, linen, silk chiffon, or silk charmeuse
  • 1" (25 mm) wide elastic–you’ll need a length of about 6" (15 cm), but you can wait to cut it until the fitting stage
  • Safety pin or loop turner

Instructions

Measuring and Cutting

  • Main Piece: Cut 1 rectangle from your fabric as shown in Diagram 1. You can vary the width quite a bit depending on how much of your head you want covered; I’d say 6" (15 cm) to 13" (33 cm) is the general range for this style.
  • Connector Piece: Cut 1 rectangle from your fabric as shown in Diagram 1. The 2.75" (70 mm) dimension is sized for 1" (25 mm) wide elastic. If you choose a different width for your elastic, update this dimension by multiplying the width of your elastic by 2 and adding 0.75" (19 mm).
  • Note: Any grainline orientation should be fine, but laying the long sides of the rectangles crosswise (i.e., perpendicular to the selvage) will use the least fabric yardage.

    Diagram 1

    Diagram 1

Sewing

  1. Hem the long raw edges of the main piece by folding each raw edge 0.25" (6 mm) to the wrong side twice, as shown in Diagram 2. Sew along the upper edge of the hem. If you are using a very lightweight material like chiffon and/or using a rolled hem presser foot, you can sew a narrower 0.125" (3 mm) hem.
  2. Diagram 2

    Diagram 2
  3. Pleat or gather the short, raw edges of the main piece so that they are the same width as the elastic, 1" (25 mm) in this case. See Diagram 3. To gather, sew a gathering stitch (i.e., a long, straight stitch with the tension loosened) within the 0.5" (13 mm) seam allowance, leaving long thread ends; pull the thread ends to gather the edge to the width of the elastic and then tie the threads. To pleat, try using overlapping knife pleats and sew a basting stitch within the 0.5" (13 mm) seam allowance to hold down the pleats.
  4. Diagram 3

    Diagram 3
  5. Fold the short sides of the connector piece in half with right sides together and, using a 0.25" (6 mm) seam allowance, sew the long raw edges together to create a tube as shown in Diagram 4.
  6. Diagram 4

    Diagram 4
  7. Turn the connector piece right side out with a safety pin or loop turner and press so that the seam is positioned at center back (CB).
  8. Fold and press the raw edges of the connector piece 0.25" (6 mm) to the inside of the tube.
  9. Insert the elastic inside the connector piece tube and pin the connector piece onto the elastic so that the elastic sticks out on both ends.
  10. Overlap one end of the elastic 0.5" (13 mm) onto one of the raw ends of the main piece and sew them together as shown in Diagram 5. Test the fit by trying on the headband while stretching the elastic to the unattached end of the main piece. Cut elastic to desired length. Overlap and sew the unattached ends of the elastic and main piece like you did on the other side.
  11. Diagram 5

    Diagram 5
  12. Slide the ends of the connector piece just past the elastic ends, keeping the raw edges of the connector piece folded inside the tube. Topstitch next to the folded edge of one of the connector pieces. Topstitch again about 0.25" (6 mm) further down the connector piece. See Diagram 6. Repeat the topstitching on the other side.
  13. Diagram 6

    Diagram 6

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Retail Roundup: Summer Scarves

Wide Fringed Scarf - 1

Links to Retail Examples of the DIY Wide Fringed Scarf

Urban Outfitters striated crinkled linen scarf , 70" by 25" in linen gauze with fringe.
Faliero Sarti Ombre Scarf, in crinkled lightweight cotton with short fringe.
Extra-wide linen-viscose scarves from SCOOP (76" by 38") and Intuition (74" by 39"), both with fringe and in several solid colors.
Plus, Coquette explores Jessica Alba’s summer scarf collection.

Retail Roundup: Sarongs

Sarong 2

Links to Retail Examples of the DIY Sarong and the DIY No-Sew Sarong

Lotta Stensson sarong, 67" by 38" printed silk chiffon in plum with a border print.
Calypso Mirabel sarong, 76" by 37.5" sand-colored linen blend with tassels.
Scoop Ikat sarong in a blue or orange cotton blend with a border print and tassels.
Calypso Kailash sarong in turquoise or peach printed silk with fringe.
Calypso Island Batik sarong in turquoise silk.

How to Make a No-Sew Sarong

No-Sew Sarong

Close-up of a no-sew sarong made from cotton voile. The sarong has selvage edges along its length and fringed edges along its width.

You can easily avoid all the hemming involved with the DIY Sarong by selecting the right fabric and doing a little fringing.

Start with 2 yd (1.8 m) of a lightweight woven fabric that is 36-45" (91-114 cm) wide and has nice-looking selvages (the selvages will end up as the finished lengthwise edges of your sarong). See Diagram 1.

Diagram 1

Diagram 1

Fringe the short, raw edges of the sarong by pulling out the crosswise threads until you have 1-3" (3-8 cm) of fringe on each edge. A seam ripper is helpful to grab individual threads. You can leave the fringe as-is or create tassels by knotting it as shown in the DIY Wide Fringed Scarf.

How to Make a Wide Fringed Scarf

Wide Fringed Scarf - 1
Wide Fringed Scarf - 2

Cotton gauze scarf, with a finished length of 72" (1.8 m), including 3" (8 cm) fringed ends, and a finished width of 24" (61 cm). Fringe is shown unfinished at top right and knotted every 0.75" (19 mm) at bottom right.

Lately, I’ve seen many versions of the summer scarf, a wide scarf (call it a wrap if you’d like) with fringed ends. It comes in a lightweight, semi-sheer fabric about 2 yd (1.8 m) long and about 15" (38 cm) to 30" (76 cm) wide. Here’s a sampling:

Anthropologie macaw wrap, 70" by 27" in mint-colored linen.
Anthropologie crepuscular wrap, 67" by 19.5" in white cotton.
Banana Republic cotton woven wrap, 65" by 30" in semi-sheer white or blue.
Urban Outfitters crinkled linen scarf, 70" by 16" in brightly-colored gauze.
Urban Outfitters floral gauze scarf, 69" by 18" in linen-polyester.
Michael Kors linen scarf, 80" by 25" in white or tan demi-sheer linen gauze.

You’ll need about 2 yd (1.8 m) of lightweight woven fabric, like cotton voile, cotton gauze, or linen gauze (although I couldn’t find any linen gauze myself–any tips?–and had to settle for cotton gauze). Cut a rectangle of fabric as shown in Diagram 1.

Diagram 1

Diagram 1

Fringe the two short edges of your fabric rectangle by pulling out the crosswise threads until you have about 3" (8 cm) of fringe (or until you can’t stand it any longer). A seam ripper is helpful to grab individual threads.

Next, hem both long edges of the scarf by folding each edge 0.25" (6 mm) to the wrong side twice and sewing along the inside hem edge. See Diagram 2.

Diagram 2

Diagram 2

Leave the fringe unfinished or make tassels from it by knotting the fringe in regular intervals, such as every 1" (25 mm).

How to Make a Sarong

Sarong 1
Sarong 2

Printed cotton voile sarong with finished dimensions of 71" (1.8 m) by 39" (1 m).

It’s just one big rectangle, no instructions necessary–but I’ll bore you with some anyway. Sarongs typically measure about 72" (1.8 m) long by 36" (91 cm) wide, although widths range up to 45" (1.1 m) or so. You’ll need some lightweight woven fabric, like cotton voile or silk chiffon. Cut the fabric as shown in Diagram 1.

Diagram 1

Diagram 1

Hem the sarong by folding each raw edge 0.25" (6 mm) to the wrong side twice and sewing along the inside hem edge. See Diagram 2. If you are sewing with silk chiffon and/or using a rolled hem presser foot, you can sew a narrower 0.125" (3 mm) hem.

Diagram 2

Diagram 2

Now, learn more ways to wear it than you ever needed to know with this video.