How to Make Twisted Fringe for Scarves and Wraps

DIY Twisted Fringe on a Scarf

Twisted fringe on the end of a wrap.


While I’ve shown fringe on a sarong and a scarf already, I haven’t covered how to make the most popular type of fringe, the twisted fringe.

First, section off the loose fringe into evenly spaced intervals. Starting at one side of the scarf, divide the first section of fringe in half and twist one of the halves until it starts to kink. Separately twist the other half in the same direction until it starts to kink. See Diagram 1.

Diagram for DIY twisted fringe  on a scarf or wrap

Diagram 1

When the two halves are twisted, hold them together at the ends and twist them together in the opposite direction, as shown in Diagram 2.

Diagram for DIY twisted fringe or scarf

Diagram 2

Finish by knotting the twisted fringe close to the end. Repeat on remaining sections of fringe.

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 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.