If you will be wearing this scarf with a specific costume, it can be a good idea to buy extra fabric for the dress so you can use the same fabric to make the matching scarf. Or, buy the same type of fabric as you bought for the dress, but in a coordinating color.
These work well for costumes that you want to give a bit of sparkle to:
These work well for a more earthy aesthetic:
The scarf can be worn without adding special trim to the edges, but many people like to add it.
Constructing the Scarf
Cutting It Out
Turn under 1/4-inch (6 millimeters) hem on all edges. It may be easiest to do the long edge first. Click here for instructions on how to make an easy hem. Some dancers like to turn this hem toward the right side, instead of the wrong side, then cover it up with the trim. This eliminates having a visible hem on the wrong side.
The long edge (the hypotenuse) will be a bit stretchy because of being on the bias of the fabric. The easy hem at the above link helps control the stretch, and therefore make the hem on this edge easier to sew.
If sewing fringe on the short ends, attach it before adding the trim around all the edges. This will allow you to use the trim to cover the top edge of the fringe.
If sewing paillettes on the edges, attach it after adding the trim around all the edges.
To Attach Chainette Fringe
Cut a piece of fringe that is the width of the two short edges added together plus 3/4 inch (2 cm) extra. Turn under the band to the wrong side 1/4 inch (6mm) on each end of the fringe and take a few stitches to hold it in place.
Stitch the band that the fringe is attached to onto the two short ends of the scarf. On each end, where the fringe was turned under, stitch back and forth several times across the turned-under section to make sure it will never have an opportunity to begin unraveling.
To Attach Trim By the Yard
Sew a row of single-strand sequin trim, soutache braid, or any other trim by the yard around the outer edge of all three sides of the scarf. Some trims can be attached using a sewing machine, while others look better if attached by hand.
If the trim is narrow and lightweight, a second row can be added inside the first row, using a contrasting color. Alternatively, instead of sewing the second color all the way around all four sides, it could be placed on the short ends only, followed by a third row that either repeats the first color or introduces a third.
Paillette & Rocaille Bead Trim
Follow the instructions for the Dangling Paillette Trim to attach paillettes evenly spaced across the two short ends of the scarf.
For a variation, sew about 6 or 8 paillettes to very center of the scarf on the long edge (hypotenuse). When wearing the scarf, the center goes across the forehead, and those paillettes will sparkle on the forehead.
Paillette or Faux Coin Trim Without Rocaille Beads
Other articles on this web site that offer suggestions for hair styles and accessories include:
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