Wednesday, March 2, 2011

DIY: Fur & Ribbon Scarf

Fact #1: I'm all about detail.
Fact #2: I wish I thought of this project back in December!

...But even with winter transitioning into spring, there are still those chilly days that sneak up on us every now and again. I love this project because I was able to use up a decent amount of faux fur that I've had for (literally) years, AND because my original idea sparked the ribbon detailing idea. Which I'm in love with.

The ribbon was weaved around a section of fabric to give a fishtail braid effect. Keep reading for closeups and instructions!


- Faux fur (Mine was 50 inches long & 5.5 inches wide)
- Ribbon, about 100 inches. My ribbon was 7/8inch wide.
-Good pair of scissors
- Needle & thread
- Glue gun (optional)
- Pins
- Sewing machine, preferably

This scarf can certainly be made without a sewing machine, but if you have basic sewing skills and access to a sewing mahcine - I strongly suggest that you use it. Hand sewing will take a little longer, but still is an option. Whatever you're comfortable with!

1) Fold your strip of fur lengthwise, so that the back side is facing out. Pin along the edges.

2) Sew along the edge - ONLY lengthwise. I recommend maybe giving some scrap fur a few test runs, if you can. The two layers are quite thick and can end up having a mind of its own as you sew it. I actually didn't even lower the foot of the sewing machine for the majority of the time (Foot = the metal piece that holds down the fabric, as you can see above)

Side note: I adore my pincushion - it's about 12 inches high and is in the shape of a dress form. Love.

Keep sewing!

If you decide to hand sew, a tight basic running stitch along the edges should work fine.

This is what the scarf will more or less look like when you're done sewing.

3) Turn it right side out. This may be a little tricky at first because the fabric is so thick, but it's definitely doable! Just be patient with it.

4) Wrap the scarf around your neck and figure out where you want to slip on end of the scarf into the other. Keep in mind the scarf won't be adjustable because of this. You can follow my measurements if you'd like: a 5.5 inch long slit, 10 inches away the bottom, ~1.5 inches away the side.

Make sure you cut through both layers. actually what I wanted to originally make. No extra details, just this. I knew I'd have to finish off the two edges of the slit, so I thought, why not make it a little fun with some ribbon? That way, there's the gorgeous braided detail and I only have to sew one edge.

I used black grograin ribbon. I wish I had some black or turquoise silk ribbon, but I already had this on hand; the great thing about scarf is that I can easily change the ribbon at any time.

5) Slip the ribbon through the slit. Make sure it's at the very top of your cut, and that there is an equal amount of ribbon on each side.

6) Position the ribbon like I did in the first picture; take the bottom strand and fold it over the top strand.

7) Take this strand and slip it under the fur and through the slit. (The side of the ribbon that was originally facing down should now be facing the fur.) After the ribbon goes through the slit, take it back over the fur - like in the second picture. Your ribbon will be placed similarly to the first picture in step 6. So with that said - keep repeating steps 6 & 7!

Every time you pull the ribbon through the slit in the fur, make sure you pull it tightly. If it's too loose, the braid won't form properly.

8) After repeating Steps 6 & 7, this is what the finished braid should look like.

9) Tie it off with a bow, and trim as desired. If you'd like, add a little hot glue in the center of the bow to secure it.

10) As for the ends, I folded them in and the whip stitched across the edge.

11) I sewed up the other edge of the slit using a whip stitch and a running stitch.




  1. Hi! I love your crafts and follow your blog religiously... I'm a fellow Jeweler and crafter myself!

    Take a peak


  2. oh, how gorge.. its beautiful. great idea

  3. oh youre are crafty, i love this

  4. omg, this looks amazing !
    now I wanna a scarf like that !

    xo lala

  5. great job! the ribbon and the fur is a great combo :D

  6. That's gorgeous! such a pretty scarf.

  7. awesome.
    now tell us more about that cool ring you're wearing :D

  8. ^ I love that ring! It's made from a vintage earring and feathers. I made almost 15 of them for my jewelry shop/site (which I'm currently completley redoing!) xo

  9. LOVE this!! I *love* the fishtailing of the ribbon, such a perfect touch! And you could totally swap it out for different colors too depending on your mood/outfit!

  10. SOOOO pretty. I went crazy with faux fur this winter, and I'm almost sad to see spring come just because I love my fur pieces so much. I will DEFINITELY be trying this. So pretty!

  11. I did recall you posting a picture of this on twitter!!! I love the outcome. You are so creative my dear!


  12. oh man, I am totally loving the fur! Lovely work! I think I need one. I think my dog needs one...

  13. This is absolutely stunning!! I have TONNES of leftover faux fur and this will be a PERFECT little project. Your attention to detail is what makes this so... wow! =)

  14. this is perfect and versatile for wearing with any coat! I've been looking for something like that to add some flair for any coat i choose to wear. now to start learning how to use a sewing machine haha..

  15. thanks kirsten !!!!!! your blog is beautiful and full of cute creations!
    I hope it is not a problem I did a post about you without your permission.
    I do not speak English ...
    I'll try to search the online stores for the glue.
    again thank you very much!

  16. you did a great job with this kirsten. i love it!

  17. I lovee your blog, it's amazing (:

  18. So beautiful! I love your scarf and awesome details! Thanks for sharing great tutorial!
    Hope you have a wonderful week!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft


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