Parade Scarf Or Shirred Scarf – free scarf tutorial

This easy free scarf tutorial will show you how to make this scarf in minutes.
1/2 yard fleece
elastic thread
rotary cutter and mat

Sewing Essentials (pins, scissors, etc.)

Sewing Machine


Download the free pattern here, tutorial below.

You can get a free copy of Adobe reader here. By downloading  you are agreeing to pattern terms of use. Click the picture of the pattern envelope to download the .pdf !

1 – Cut out pattern

Print up the pattern (you can get assembly instructions here)
Cut out pattern pieces. If you are doing a color block pattern cut out each piece  – if you are doing one solid color follow rotary directions.

While you’re at it why not make a matching hat?  Get the free pattern and tutorial here.

Rotary cutter – Trim off the ends of the fabric.  Then fold fabric in half (I like to stick my ruler in to get a straight crisp line.

Cut your half yard of fabric in half.

Decide on the length of the scarf you want.  I like a longer scarf so I am going cut one of my pieces in half and sew to the other piece (making it roughly 75 inches in length) using a .5 seam allowance.

If you are making a color block scarf sew all your pieces together with a .5 seam allowance.

2 – Sew the ends

Because you are working with fleece, turning the edges under and sewing is optional.  I do recommend turning the ends of the scarf under .5 inches and sewing along the edge of the fabric with a zig zag stitch.  You can sew all the way around the scarf – but the edges are going to curl in so it really won’t be worth it.

3 – Shirring – the fun part!

If you are making a color block scarf – you already have seams where you will be  shirring.  If you are making a solid scarf you will need to mark with a line where you want the gathers to take place – roughly about 15 inches apart.
Next shirring!  You will need to take your elastic thread and HAND WIND it around your lower bobbin, lengthen your stitch sand loosen your tension. I STRONGLY recommend testing this out on a fleece scrap before you try this on your scarf. (Still not comfortable or confused? For a more in depth tutorial on shirring go here.)
Using the edge of your machine foot as a guide, sew four line across your fabric. repeat at each of the seams/ marks on your fabric.  You’re finished!

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  1. Is there a way to prevent the fleece scarf sides from curling? I made my husband a scarf but it curls too much to be serviceable. I was wondering if hemming the opposite way of the curl would help, what would you do?
    Connie Jordan

    1. The only way I’ve found is to turn under the fleece a 1/2 to inch and sew along the edge with a zig zag stitch to prevent it from curling under.

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