These stretchy scarf things have been quite popular in stores lately so after a request I thought I would give making one a try!

This is what I ended up with. It’s not exactly the same but it’s in the same vein and if you had more materials to start with you could easily adapt this tutorial to make that exact scarves that have been in the shops.

Elastic Scarf Tutorial

What you need:

  • Length of very wide lace (red)
  • Length of wide edging lace (black)
  • Stretchy lace/elastic (black
  • Rick rack optional (red)
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Ribbon/pre-made bows

Elastic Scarf Tutorial

First thing to do is lay everything out so you know what order you want to put things in. This is what I chose ^_^

Elastic Scarf Tutorial

Then really, it’s all just a matter of stitching it all together. Deal with the edging first because it can just be sewn on flat.

Elastic Scarf Tutorial

Now the thing that gives this scarf it’s trade mark look is the elastic. You could use a plain matching elastic or even the small elastic thread you would use for shirring. I happened to have a pretty piece of stretchy black lace so I used that.

Elastic Scarf Tutorial

The method is simple but can require an extra hand or foot to hold everything. You need to stretch the elastic as far as it will go and place over the lace. While it’s stretched out, sew straight down it. I then added the red rick rack over the top as a decoration.

Elastic Scarf Tutorial

Now here’s the thing, if you want to make it more like a Summer or Spring scarf you can easily add a second length of wide lace to the other side of the elastic. This is what gives it that puffy frilly look. I didn’t have any more lace so I left it as is for now though I might add to it some more in the future. As is it’s more of a shawl than a scarf.

Sooooo by this point it should look something like this!

Elastic Scarf Tutorial

Last thing to do is finish the ends. Running stitch up the end…then pull the stitch tight so it gathers.

Elastic Scarf Tutorial

Something like this:

Elastic Scarf Tutorial

Sew on a couple of bows to cover up the edges:

Elastic Scarf Tutorial

And BAM! finished ^_^

Elastic Scarf Tutorial

So now that you have the basic idea there are lots of different ways you could wear it or customise it! This one looks kind of like something to wear salsa dancing XD but obviously if you made yours with pink and white it would have a completely different feel!