How to Make a Classic French Scarf, From Pattern Drafting to Sewing

by Bhooki
10 Materials
1 Hour

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make a French scarf. This is very easy and versatile to make, even for beginners. As long as you can sew straight lines, you should be good to go! Ready to see how to sew a scarf? Let’s begin!

Tools and materials:

  • Fabric
  • Paper scissors
  • Fabric scissors
  • Marker Pen
  • Tape measure
  • Paper
  • Ruler
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Pins
How to make the scarf sewing pattern

1. Make the scarf sewing pattern

For the body of the DIY scarf, draw a 28cm (11.02 inches) vertical line starting at the edge of the paper. 

Drawing the scarf sewing pattern

Next, draw a horizontal line perpendicular to the vertical line. This should measure 25cm (9.84 inches). 

Measuring the scarf sewing pattern

Draw a vertical line at the end of the lower vertical line, measuring 15cm (5.90 inches). 

Marking the scarf sewing pattern

At the top of the vertical line, draw a horizontal line that measures 70cm (27.55 inches). This is going to be the strap of the French scarf. 

How to make a scarf sewing pattern

For the width of the strap, at the end of the horizontal line, measure 5cm (1.96 inches) down. 

DIY scarf sewing pattern

Going back to the body of the scarf, measure 15cm (5.90 inches) vertically. 

Making the French knot scarf sewing pattern

Then, join it to the top of the line. 

DIY scarf sewing pattern step by step

Scarf strap sewing pattern

To close the strap, measure 5cm (1.96 inches) along the stripline. 

Curving out the scarf sewing pattern

Now, curve the end of the strap to the main body. You can use a pattern master or freehand it. 

Scarf sewing pattern tutorial

Measure 5cm (1.96 inches) from the short end of the strap (at the top and bottom). 

Squaring out the scarf sewing pattern

Then, square it out. 

Finished scarf sewing pattern

Your scarf sewing pattern is complete and ready for cutting. 

Folding the paper scarf sewing pattern

For the fold you created on the tip of the strap, this is what it will look like. Just flip it over and create an opening. 

Cutting out the fabric for the French knot scarf

2. Cut the pattern

Fold your fabric in half, right sides facing, and lay your pattern over the top. Secure the scarf sewing pattern with pins, and cut it out. 

Tip: The ideal fabric for this DIY scarf is silk. 

French knot scarf sewing pattern

You should now have two pattern pieces to work with. 

Sewing the seam allowance

3. Sew a seam allowance

Sew a 1cm (0.4-inch) seam allowance all around, except for the curved part, starting from where my finger is placed on the image. This will enable you to turn your fabric inside out. 

How to sew a scarf

4. Finishing touches

Trim off the sharp edges, turn the fabric right sides out, and give your DIY scarf a good press when you're done. 

Topstitching the opening

Also, topstitch the opening.

How to make a scarf

5. Create the DIY scarf’s opening

To create the opening for the scarf, flip the top end over.  

Stitching the edge down

Stitch the edge down. 

How to wear a French knot scarf

Tying the French knot scarf into a bow

You can wear this French knot scarf in two ways.

The first is to drape the strap over your neck and push the main body’s fabric through the scarf’s opening halfway through. Like this, you create a cute bow tie. 

DIY French knot scarf

The second way is to take the opposite end of the main body and feed it through the opening. 

How to make a French knot scarf

You now have a lovely oversized tie! 

How to make a French knot scarf

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make a French knot scarf. Thank you so much for tuning in, and let me know what you think of my pretty DIY scarf in the comment section below. 

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