How to Make a Lace-Trimmed Silk Scarf

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Pair buttery soft silk with lace for an of-the-moment seasonless scarf.
Before you start sewing, you need to know which lace line you want to follow. Copy the lace and use a highlighter to try different versions.
When you want a lightweight finished and lady-luxe edge, try lace.
Pair buttery soft silk with lace for an of-the-moment seasonless scarf.

Pair buttery soft silk with lace for an of-the-moment seasonless scarf.

Photo: Sloan Howard

by Judith Neukam
excerpted from
CraftStylish Quick Stuff to Sew
"Framed in Lace" p. 39

For some time now, lace in a multitude of colors has been appearing on daywear, adding a fashion touch that’s feminine and fabulous. When you want a lightweight finished and lady-luxe edge, try lace. Here, we frame a sueded silk rectangle with lace to create an elegant scarf, but this same method would also look great on a skirt hem.

All this glamour is very easy to carry out. The fabric and lace you choose changes the way the finished scarf looks, but the steps are always the same and will work for any fabric you choose. Lace looks equally wonderful on print chiffon and plaid wool flannel.

What You'll Need:

  • Lace trim, at least 3 inches wide, 1 yard longer than scarf circumference (
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread, one to match the lace, one to match the scarf

Size it up
The scarf shown here started with a 77-inch by 18-inch rectangle; however, a tall person needs a longer scarf, and the fabric should be considered before you cut the width. A lightweight chiffon looks skimpy if it’s cut too narrow, and a soft, lofty wool fabric can overwhelm if it’s cut too wide.

1. Set the size. Measure a favorite scarf, or drape your measuring tape around your neck to decide the perfect length. Plan to make a long, narrow scarf at least 70 inches long. It is best to buy enough fabric to cut your scarf in one piece with the lengthwise grain of the fabric. This means you will usually have enough fabric for several scarves.

2. Cut the fabric. Make sure the fabric is on grain. Rip your fabric on the crossgrain an inch from the cut edge, or pull one thread and cut along the line it creates to get a straight start on both short sides. Experiment with your fabric to set the width before you cut. The nature of the fabric controls the best width to choose. Trim the selvage edge first. Next, gather the fabric with your hand to discover the width you prefer. Then, cut a straight line the length of the fabric.

3. Measure the edges.
After you cut, measure the circumference of your fabric—the distance around all four sides. This helps you know how much lace you’ll need. You’ll need extra lace to miter the corners, so buy an extra yard.

4. Cut the lace.
Every lace is unique. I used a 4-inch-wide Chantilly border with one straight edge and one scalloped. You can overlap the straight edge slightly over your fabric edge, or you can lap the entire lace over the fabric so the scalloped edge aligns with the fabric’s edge, as I did here. When the lace doesn’t have fabric under it, you see the pattern when light passes through it. When the lace is over the fabric, you see the fabric-backed pattern and any shapes that you trim in the fabric. Where you place the lace on the edge changes how long you will cut the lace. Cut a piece the length of the side plus three times the lace width for each side.

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Comments (2)

glamspoon writes: so simple yet so pretty! thanks for the tips...
Posted: 9:16 am on November 12th
marytabar writes: Nice pattern,keep up the great patterns-thanks
Posted: 7:13 pm on November 11th
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