DIY Anthropologie-Inspired Scarf Necklace

January 13, 2012 by Miscellaneous

scarf necklace DIY

Like any craft-loving, social-media-crazed crafter, Pinterest totally changed my cyber life. Best site since Icanhascheezburger? Who’s with me? ;) A while back I was waltzing through Pinterest pinning cat photos and Ryan Gosling memes when I saw this necklace made of scarves from Anthropologie. I thought it was clever, but not really the type of thing for which I’d pay $148… so time for a DIY.

Original and my DIY:


DIY Scarf Necklace


How to make a Scarf Necklace

You need:

♥Scarves (I got mine from a thrift store for 1$ each.) I bet this necklace would feel even nicer with silk scarves, though.
♥Serger/Sewing machine with zigzag stitch
♥Needle and Thread

Step 1: Sew the edges of the scarf strips.

This, my scarf-tastic friends, is my mom’s serger. This is what I used to make the fun little stitchings on the edges of my scarf strips. But don’t worry, if you don’t have a serger, you can just use a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine and then cut along the edges of the strips of the scarf for the same effect. I would sew the strips about an inch wide, but you can cut the sizes and lengths to taste.

Step 2: Stitch the ends of your strips together.

DIY Scarf Necklace
Make a little loop on the end so you can tie it together at different lengths later.

DIY Scarf Necklace
Step 3: Adjust the scarf strips around your neck to fit and then stitch the other end.

scarf necklace
Step 4: Tie a ribbon or scarf strip through the loops around your neck!

DIY Scarf Necklace


If you need any help, just leave a comment. ;)

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  • Reply Amanda's Mom May 28, 2012 at 4:53 am

    Stacie! I’m looking through Pinterest and happen to find you modeling a scarf you made. What a small world! Way to go! I’m so glad Amanda meet you and your friends. Thank you! Good to see you again and of all great places via Pinterest!
    Amanda’s Mom…the sheep farmer

  • Reply Tami January 18, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Sorry…..I’m a bit dense :/ When you have the scarves you’re going to use picked out, I’m assuming you have to cut them into 1″ strips and you only use one strip from each scarf? Or are the scarves you used already thin like that?

    I’m not a sewer. I don’t even have a sewing machine — well…..not yet anyway. I have one on layaway at a local sewing machine shop, but I’m not going to hold my breath as to when I’ll be able to actually bring it home (the money situation is horrible here), but I’d really like to try making this as it’s very “chic” :) I could always use my sisters’ sewing machine (she’d have to walk me through how to use it, though, since I haven’t used one since Home Ec in high school….and I’m 49, so it’s been a while, LOL).

    When you say to use a zigzag stitch and then “cut along the edges of the strips of the scarf for the same effect.”, why would you have to cut anything after you do a zigzag stitch? Don’t you do that stitch right on the edge so nothing has to be cut? Obviously I don’t understand that part :/

    There are some other things I don’t understand — like how to make the loop…….ugh —- maybe I should just forget about it as this seems too complicated for me, I guess.

    It would be so much better for me if there was a video tutorial for this :(

    I LOVE this idea, though, and commend you on your genius for being able to duplicate a high-end accessory like this! We should all be so lucky :)

    • Reply Stacie January 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      Hi Tami!

      Thanks for your comment! I hope I can answer all of your questions. :)

      –For the 1” strips, you can use as many strips from the scarf as you want– the scarves I used were not already thin like that, they were just regular square scarves.

      –About your sewing machine, I hope you can get it! I know there are a lot of older sewing machines in thrift stores for great prices. You should go to a shop like Goodwill or somewhere you can return the machine so that you can test it and then return if it does not work. My friend and I bought a thrifted sewing machine for another friend for her birthday and she loves it! I love finding things at Goodwill. ;)

      –When I was referencing the zigzag stitch, I meant that you can take the whole scarf, sew a line of zigzag, and then cut along one edge of the stitch so that it does not fray. I used my mom’s serger, so it was cutting the strip as I went. That’s just how those types of sewing machines work– It would be basically the same thing to make a zigzag stitch and then cut along the edge afterwards to make your skinny strips. You don’t sew along the edge of the scarf that is already there, I am talking about creating a strip if you stitched in the middle of the scarf. If you were to cut in the middle of the scarf, it would start to unravel because the edges are not finished. A zigzag stitch would finish those unfinished edges. :)

      -To make the loop, I let one strip of scarf extend beyond the others like in the photo. Then I stitched all of the strips together. After that, I stitched the longer strip back on top of the stitching that holds all of the strips together. This creates the loop. I also wrapped the stitchings to cover them with an extra scarf strip.

      -I’ll definitely think about making a video next time! ;) It takes a really long time to shoot and edit something like that. :)

      Thank you so much for your comments, Tami! I hope this clarifies some of your questions!

      • Reply Cindy Smith January 31, 2016 at 6:31 am

        This additional information is really helpful. I have been wanting to clean out my scarf collection and get rid of all those scarves I keep saying I might wear one day. I am also blessed to have a great she-cave with sewing machines but feel sometimes like I isolate myself from others in the house since the she cave is upstairs. Recently I put my serger in the family room so that I might work on some projects while in the midst of my loved ones. Now I know my first project! Thank you!

  • Reply Heidi January 18, 2012 at 4:40 am

    This scarf is wonderful. I was thinking that you could use satin, silk and velvet ribbons to get a similar effect. I can’t wait to make one!

  • Reply nate January 14, 2012 at 12:21 am

    That scarf is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love the different color elements. My mom wants me to make her one now…..!!!!!

  • Reply Molly January 13, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    This scarf necklace is so adorable and clever! You always amaze me with your craftiness, Stacie, and you’ve outdone yourself again. Such a simple project, but so, so necessary for my wardrobe :)

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