This Easy-to-Make Ruffle Scarf Also Works as a Fierce Bolero Jacket!

Dami Dimension
by Dami Dimension
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1 Hour

Today’s tutorial is going to be a really interesting one. I’m going to be showing you how to make a fabric ruffle scarf that can also function as a ruffled bolero jacket!

To make this easy ruffle shawl, you can use any fabric you’d like, as long as it’s soft and easy to ruffle up. So let’s jump right in.

Tools and materials:

  • 2 Yards of soft fabric
  • 4 Yards of ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Safety pin
  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing machine
Taking body measurements

1. Measure

Before cutting, you need two measurements for the length and width of the shawl. You can quickly measure these on your own body.

Place the tape measure around your neck and take it to your belly button. You can also take it a little above or below, depending on how low you want the bottom to be.

Next, gauge the width of the scarf by placing the measuring tape where you want the collar and shoulder to sit. The middle should be at the nape of your neck. So, if the 4-inch mark is at the nape of your neck, the full width should be 8 inches. I used 10 inches.

Cutting the soft fabric

2. Cut

Cut two strips of fabric with the width measurements along the entire two yards of fabric. 


Sewing the lengths together

3. Sew

Sew the two lengths of fabric together along one short edge. 

Pinning and sewing the fabric

4. Pin and sew

Once the fabric is sewn together, fold the entire length of it in half, right sides together. Make sure to match up the middle seams and pin down the open edge.

Then, sew the open edge down as close to the edge as possible, with about a quarter of an inch of seam allowance. Be sure to leave a 4-inch gap in the stitching, so you can turn the fabric later.

Adjusting the seams

5. Adjust

Next, adjust the fabric so the seam is in the center. Depending on how you want your shawl to lay, you may want to place the seam farther to one side or the other.

Closing the edges

6. Pin and sew

Pin the ends closed and sew them down, leaving 0.75 inches unsewn on either side of the center seam. 

How to make a ruffle scarf

7. Snip, turn, and press

Once the ends are sewn, snip the corners, turn the fabric right side out, and press it flat. 

Hemming the scarf

8. Hem

Before making the channels for the ribbons, hem the raw edges of the small openings on either end of the shawl. You can do this by hand, or very carefully on your machine. 

How to make a bolero jacket

9. Stitch in the ditch

Next, sew down the center of the shawl, stitching directly over the center seam to hide the new stitches.

Sewing channels to make the ruffles

10. Sew channels

Then, sew two more rows of stitching on either side of the center seam, down the entire length of the shawl. Each row should be 0.75 inches from the center seam.

Inserting the ribbons into the ruffle scarf

11. Insert ribbons

Once the channels are sewn, insert the ribbons into them. Use a safety pin to guide the ribbon through the fabric from one end to the other. 

Sewing the ribbons to secure them

12. Sew

To prevent the ribbons from being pulled out, find the center of the shawl and sew across the ribbons at that point to secure them.

Ruffle shawl tutorial

And that’s it! I cannot believe how fantastic this ruffle scarf/bolero jacket turned out.

Heart-shaped ruffled bolero jacket

There are so many different ways to wear this, and it’s just such a fun piece to add a unique vibe to an otherwise drab outfit. How would you style this shawl? Ruffle scarf, bolero jacket, or something else?

DIY ruffle scarf

If you use this tutorial to make a ruffle shawl of your own, I would love to see your results!

Suggested materials:
  • 3 Yards of soft fabric
  • 4 Yards of ribbon
  • Scissors
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