How to Make a Cozy Spiral Scarf

comments (15) January 22nd, 2014     

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This versatile spiral scarf can be worn in numerous ways.
Tie it loosely around your neck.
Wrap it around to make a cozy collar.
This versatile spiral scarf can be worn in numerous ways.

This versatile spiral scarf can be worn in numerous ways.

Photo: Mary Ray
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This spiral scarf is reminiscent of the jabots seen in vintage blouses. I love the technique because it's so easy yet kind of mysterious. At first glance, it's hard to figure out how to achieve that cascading effect without stretching and shaping the material. But all you need is a circle of fabric with a hole in the middle-just like a donut. When you open the ring and straighten it out, you get those flouncy ripples. I used fleece to make this cozy scarf, but you could choose any soft fabric. The fleece requires very little finishing, however, so it's quick and easy to work with and very cozy to wear. I added the yarn embellishment-which I couched on by machine-to dress up my scarf a bit.

You can use this technique to add a ruffle to the neckline of a blouse or the hemline of a skirt as well. Simply adjust the circumference and depth of the circle. Keep in mind, the larger the circumference of the inner circle, the fewer "ripples" you'll have. So, to get more flounce, cut several circles-as I did for my scarf-and seam them together.

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  Tie it loosely around your neck.
  Wrap it around to make a cozy collar.
  Start with a circle.
  Open and straighten the circle to form a flounce.

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Comments (15)

Suzie’sZoo Sanctuary writes: AND you can get your cats to leave your active project FLEECE alone by putting a bunch of knots and slits in the seam allowance you cut off at the the beginning! Lol. Then..... if they have been good, use some so all scraps after just to stitch two layers of fleece leaving a gap to put some catnip in then finish stitching it up and VOILA!!!

Have fun and thank you for such a great project.
Posted: 8:38 am on January 21st
Thommi writes: I never would have thought that it would be so simple to make. Thank you for sharing your great tutorial :)
Posted: 9:37 pm on January 25th
lasmt writes: I'm late to this posting of how to do a curly fleece scarf. But oh my you did a lovely job of it. For those who didn't notice the pattern has the inches marked on it. I'm trying to figure out a way to make the same style with a few more curls say three down a side so 6 at the front when wrapped around you. And maybe a little longer. Great help and leads to great ideas. Way to go Doggie101 you are not too young to sew at 11 let alone create. I'm off to look into my fleece stash now.
Posted: 6:47 pm on March 11th
MsLaur writes: Hi Stuever,
I made two different sizes of this with great results. Both had the 1 1/2-inch center radius, but I varied the outside radius from 5 inches to 5 1/2 inches. Be sure to measure from the point of the pattern before cutting the pattern out. I also tried marrying two scarves together, one side black fleece and the other side brown fleece. It looks great together and it's not too bulky to double the thickness.

Posted: 4:25 pm on September 23rd
stuever writes: Very clever--it's gorgeous. What was the diameter of the big circle? And the little circle you cut out of it?

Posted: 9:20 pm on September 11th
sewgramiesew writes: can this be made with other fabrics? polyester or silk
Posted: 9:19 am on May 28th
Doggie101 writes: This is a beautiful scarf. I made one myself and I'm only 11.
Posted: 12:27 pm on March 2nd
Saphyra_Runa writes: Love this! I dived into my pile of fleece and made one up to go with a top for work today. This will help keep me cozy warm since the air conditioning is on all year round at my place of employment. Thanks!
Posted: 2:39 pm on February 26th
KMOM14 writes: I love the way it drapes. This is definitely going on my to-craft list.
Posted: 1:43 pm on February 17th
alpinelife writes: Simple. Stunning. Perfect!
Posted: 2:17 am on February 17th
Poppy7 writes: Okay, mybad! I skipped the last few frames where you explain what "couching" is. Glad this wasn't graded. Thanks again!
Posted: 8:58 am on February 16th
CreativeBusyHands writes: Love it! I will need to try this project for sure. I loved the line art on it. Thanks so much for sharing.
Posted: 8:09 pm on February 15th
Raechal writes: I have been thinking of making spiral scarves for my daughter plus copying a ready to wear blouse with a jabot. I was fairly sure it was done with a circle. Thanks for the confirmation and instructions. Your work is truly beautiful and gives me many ideas. You are an inspiration to many.
Posted: 4:16 pm on February 14th
Poppy7 writes: Oh, I LOVE this~! I wish I knew how you did the machine embroidery. I don't know what you mean when you say "couched" it on your machine.

But this is truly lovely and I might make one for my daughter, who has so much more style than I ever did! She wears scarves around her neck and manages to look so natural.
Posted: 12:39 am on February 14th
Tina_Hilton writes: Mary, You've done it again! The scarf is beautiful and the step by step is most helpful. I'm thinking what mine will look like...

Posted: 8:02 am on February 13th
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